This Sunday (July 10), a new crop of kids will compete at the grand finale of La Voz Kids on Telemundo. The six finalists, Axel Cabrera, Carmen Sanchez, Christopher Rivera, Magallie Montiel, Joel Treviño and Alejandra Gallardo, will compete for a $50,000 cash prize and a recording contract with Universal Music.
What we’re most psyched about is the fact that La Voz Kids has consistently showcased truly impressive young talent — and the bar for this season is high, with contestants running the gamut from tropical to mariachi to banda and pop..
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Axel Cabrera: The 13-year-old from Massachusetts tried for a slot a year ago, but none of the coaches turned around for him. Daddy Yankee, however, gave Cabrera encouragement: “I could tell you were really nervous and I can also tell you’re really talented,” said Yankee. “I’ll wait for you next year.” And he did. Cabrera, with team Yankee, performed classic salsa song “Un verano in Nueva York” with the swagger and elegance of old time salseros at the semi-finals.
Carmen Sánchez: The diminutive, 8-year-old Las Vegas native doesn’t have a big voice but more than makes up for it with a big personality. Her rendition of “La dueña del swing,” a fast-clipped merengue, was irresistible and oh-so-adorable.
Christopher Rivera: At 15 years old, Rivera is a veteran, having won another reality competition, Idol Kids Puerto Rico, in 2013. A big kid with a big smile, Rivera also happens to have a big, quite amazing voice that sometimes is reminiscent of Marc Anthony. The clincher was his performance of “A mi manera” (My Way).
Magallie Montiel: Montiel sings mariachi music with an assuredness and pitch that are truly amazing for her age — and enough to garner her a standing ovation from all three judges during the blind audition. “You have a voice that will last you an eternity,” said an impressed Natalia Jimenez. The 12-year-old from Houston is performing for her grandfather, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
Joel Treviño: Banda and norteño have rarely sounded as appealing as performed by this pint-sized charmer. Treviño, all of nine years old, is from Brownsville, Texas, and the town has rallied behind him, with the Brownsville PD urging residents to vote for their little ambassador with the big voice.
Alejandra Gallardo: Gallardo auditioned for La Voz Kids a couple years back, singing a big, Latin power ballad (“Ya te olvidé,” popularized by Rocío Durcal). At 13, the Chicago native returned with big power ballads in English (her audition song was “Hello”) and rocked it.