Thousands of kids ages 14 and up have flocked to Univision’s auditions of La Banda, in the hopes of vying to be part of today’s ultimate Latin boy band.
But what if some of the hottest acts in the market today decided to form a boy band? Here’s a list of ten young acts who we think could make the cut. And while some may no longer quite have “boy band” qualifications (we capped the age at 25), it doesn’t hurt to dream.
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1. Pablo Alboran: At 25, the Spanish singer/songwriter may no longer be boy band material but he’s already a superstar and one of Spain’s top-selling acts.
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2. Diego Boneta: This 24-year-old singer-songwriter-actor from Mexico could become our Jared Leto. Check him out on new Fox series Scream Queens.
3. Luis Coronel: Billboard’s youngest Top Latin Albums chart-topper in years, the 19-year-old Coronel is on the rise and will headline his own tour this summer.
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4. Yunel Cruz: Don’t let Cruz’s sexy video distract you from his boyish good looks and sweet appeal.
5. Farruko: The 24-year-old Puerto Rican rapper who co-wrote “6 a.m.” with J Balvin is already a Billboard chart fixture, both as a featured and solo act.
6. Maluma: Colombia’s Instagram sensation, the 21-year-old Maluma combines good and bad boy appeal. Expect a new album this summer.
7. Abraham Mateo: This Spanish 16-year-old wunderkind sounds (and dances) a lot like Michael Jackson. With a huge social following (3.7 million likes on Facebook and nearly 400K Instagram followers), Mateo already boasts a hit album in Spain (AM) and is in the process of crossing the Atlantic with stops in the U.S. and Mexico.
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8. Kevin Ortiz: Gerardo Ortiz’s little brother is now 18 and keeps getting better and better at delivering norteño with teen appeal.
9. Kevin Roldan (Colombia): The 22-year-old from Cali, Colombia, does the more lyrical reggaeton associated with the likes of Nicky Jam and J Balvin.
10. Karlos Rosé: Born in New York to Dominican parents, the 21-year-old Rosé’s very R&B-ish take on bachata has topped Billboard’s Tropical Airplay charts multiple times.