Luis Fonsi and Telemundo’s ‘La Voz’ celebrate Latin culture

Luis Fonsi and Telemundo’s ‘La Voz’ celebrate Latin culture

“La Voz,” premiering Sunday on Telemundo, is the primary Spanish-language model of NBC’s “The Voice” to air within the US.

Its format will hew intently to its NBC cousin with host Jorge Bernal and 4 Coaches: recording superstars Luis Fonsi, Alejandra Guzman, Wisin and Carlos Vives.

“I feel it was lengthy overdue … particularly since we’ve seen so many superb Latino vocalists carry out on the NBC model,” says Fonsi. (“The Voice” premiered in 2011.) “We all know the expertise is there and I simply suppose it’s good to have the ability to formally celebrate the Latin group — and to unite and celebrate our completely different cultures inside the Latin group right here within the US.”

Fonsi, 40, had an enormous hit in 2017 with “Despacito” (that includes rapper Daddy Yankee) and is each a veteran of the music enterprise and a veteran of “The Voice”; he’s appeared as a coach in iterations of the present in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico and Spain. “The cool factor is we’re not judges,” he says of himself, Guzman, Wisin and Vives. “We form of converse to [the contestants] at their stage. A number of them are older than me or my age. It’s enjoyable to get them out of their consolation zone, to problem them. On the finish of the day, what I would like for them once they stroll off the stage and go to the following stage … is to be comfy and to be themselves and knock it out of the park and not have to fret concerning the little particulars.

“Being related within the Latin market and having success is, clearly, essential — that’s what the contestants need in a coach,” he says. “Simply to be round a coach who’s on the market doing it, on the market touring and doing this every single day … It’s cool to have the ability to have somebody like Wisin, who comes from the city world and who’s not solely a tremendous artist however an ideal producer. And you’ve got Alejandra Guzman, who represents Mexico and she’s a rocker and has been doing this a very long time, and Carlos Vives who covers the extra tropical facet of the equation. And myself, who’s one of many pop guys extremely influenced by American music as effectively.

‘I feel it was lengthy overdue … particularly since we’ve seen so many superb Latino vocalists carry out on the NBC model.’

“I’m 100 % Puerto Rican however I moved to the US once I was 11 so … I kind of perceive how these youngsters suppose,” Fonsi says. “It’s a contest, and all of us need our workforce to win, however all of us have our completely different edge and completely different type. There’s a coach for everyone.”

Fonsi says “La Voz” shall be “nearly an identical” in format to “The Voice.” “The contestants are going to be singing in English and Spanish and you’re going to get individuals much like me — bi-cultural singers who’ve been dwelling within the US for a very long time or had been born within the US to Latin dad and mom,” he says. “They’re extremely influenced by ‘American’ music however clearly have a Latin culture they wish to celebrate.”

He says the expertise stage of “La Voz” contestants is “superb” — and that the coaches are getting alongside famously. “It’s scary how superb our chemistry is to the purpose we’re driving the producers nuts as a result of we simply gained’t cease yapping and taking part in jokes on one another,” he says. “I’ve [previously] labored with Wisin probably the most — we recorded just a few songs collectively and carried out dwell many instances and he’s executed just a few remixes for me.

“I by no means formally labored with Alejandra however we ran into one another many instances and I’ve carried out with Carlos on stage however we’ve by no means recorded collectively.

“One factor concerning the Latin group — we’re a decent circle,” he says. “There actually is a superb vibe.”

“La Voz” Collection premiere 9 p.m. Sunday on Telemundo

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