Updated 02:24 AM EDT, Wed, Oct 20, 2021

‘La Banda’ Univision Reality TV Show Casts Alejandro Sanz as New Judge

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"La Banda" has added another musical artist to its set of judges.

Joining Ricky Martin and Italian pop star Laura Pausini, it was announced that Spanish superstar Alejandro Sanz will be one of the judges of the upcoming music reality show, Billboard reported.

Martin, one of the talent show's producers, also serves as a judge on "The Voice Australia," the news outlet added. Sanz and Pausini, on the other hand, also appeared on Mexico's "La Voz" ("The Voice") and in other reality shows.

"La Banda," aimed to discover the next Latino boy band, will premiere on Univision in September, Billboard wrote. The reality show's format was created by the network with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Saban Brands. "La Banda" is also co-produced by FremantleMedia Latin America.

"We're going to find those five guys who will revolutionize music in this country and all over Latin America," Sanz said, as reported by Univision and translated by Latin Times. "I'm already excited."

The 48-year-old singer also took to Twitter to express his excitement, saying that it's an "honor to form part of the adventure" and that he's "very happy" to be a part of the team "next to his colleagues," Latin Times reported.

When asked about what inspired him to create "La Banda," Cowell said that he feels it's time to introduce the audience to more Latin artists which are "good," "talented," and "charismatic."

"I just think the time is right. I feel that this whole Latin audience is getting bigger and bigger. You got Latin artists crossing over to mainstream America. I like the idea of a group made up of five Spanish speaking artists. As a record label, we're always searching for new artists," Cowell explained to Perez Hilton in an interview.

Alejandro Sanz Talks New Music

Sanz's newest album titled "Sirope" or "Syrup" was launched on May 5. The album's unveiling came days after the crooner's April 30 performance of "Un Zombie A La Interperie" at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, a separate report from Billboard wrote.

As described by the news outlet, "Sirope" "explores new pop territory with little concessions made for easy listening but with compelling results nevertheless," adding that Sanz's distinctive "raspy vocals" combines "flamenco strains into mainstream pop."

"It's a very eclectic sound," Sanz said of the album, as quoted by Billboard. "It's a mix of many styles, searching, perhaps, for different path by mixing sounds. I'm looking for each song to tell me something and have a sense. The sound is completely at the service of the songs."

Some of the tracks included in the artist's new album are the lullaby-like "El Silencio de Los Cuervos" and "No Madura el Coco," which centers on Venezuela's trying times, Billboard noted.

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