Simon Cowell seeks ‘ultimate Latino boy band’


Simon Cowell plans to put together “the ultimate Latino boy band” through Univision’s contest series “La Banda,” which debuts in fall 2015.

Online auditions are open at, and Univision promised “the largest Latino talent search in U.S. TV history.” Contestants will compete for a spot in the band.

Former “American idol” judge Cowell said: “I’m very excited about this show. There is a huge amount of talent out there, and ‘La Banda’ is going to give five guys the opportunity of a lifetime.”

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Univision says: “Interested participants can enter and upload pictures, videos or music files. By registering online, selected contestants will receive a ‘golden ticket,’ which will allow them to participate in a private audition with the production team. The online casting will be followed by casting events across the United States and Puerto Rico in the spring of 2015. The talent search is open to boys over 14 residing in the United States and Puerto Rico.”

The series has been developed by Univision, Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Saban Brands. The show will be co-produced with FremantleMedia Latin America.

The band receives a recording contract with Sony Music Latin and Syco Music, the label of One Direction, which is performing today at Universal Orlando Resort.

“We are proud to start the search for the next great Latino boy band,” said Alberto Ciurana, president of programming and content at Univision Communications Inc. “There is vast talent in our community and with ‘La Banda,’ we will find and launch the next generation of musical superstars.”

“La Banda” will be hosted by Univision personality Alejandra Espinoza. “The launch of is the first step in what I know will be more than a television show but a life-changing experience for many young talents, and one that will change the Latin music industry,” Espinoza said.

–Courtesy of Orlando Sentinel

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