To celebrate the season one debut of "La Voz Kids", Telemundo held a press conference with hosts Daisy Fuentes and Jorge Bernal and coaches Prince Royce, Paulina Rubio, and Robert Tapia at Studio 255 in Miami’s Midtown on Thursday.
A spin-off of the popular NBC reality competition show, “The Voice”, "La Voz Kids" will work similarly except the talent competing will be children aged 7 to 14.
"I get very emotional when I'm sitting in my coaches chair and listening to the great talent from some amazing children; I can identify with them,” said Prince Royce, the youngest of the three coaches. “Seeing them reminds me of when I was 13 or 14 years old and I was writing songs and singing while working, cleaning tables at a local IHOP restaurant. With the money I earned I would save up to put towards my first album. I see the same motivation in these kids that I had back then.”
Rubio, who is mom to 3 ½ year old Andrea Nicolas, talked extensively about how much she loves being able to work with children on "La Voz Kids." La Chica Dorada is the only coach to have worked previously on the Mexican version of “The Voice.”
"For me, 'La Voz Kids', brings together two of the most important things in my life: children and music,” Rubio said. “It's been very easy to take on this great reality show that will show audiences something very different to what they have seen before. The beauty of this show is that kids and adults of all ages can enjoy it.”
"The chemistry between us coaches is like no other; it goes way beyond what was established for this show. We get along very well but of course at the end of the day this is a competition and everyone knows that Team Rubio is going to win."
"You can expect some fights between these three,” said Bernal. "Clean fights though, Rubio interjected."
Each coach has a strategy in place for when it comes to picking kids to be part of their team. With lots of competition, each coach will have components they will be looking for.
"What I'm looking for is something more than a voice," Tapia said. "I'm looking for talent with lots of personality and stage presence. To be a successful artist you need to be the complete package. You can have an amazing voice and not know how to connect with the audience. I want to see the audience singing and dancing along [with their performance]; this is the reaction I'm looking for.”
“What I have found to be the most difficult part of the process on the show is letting down a child that has a dream to be a singer,” Royce said. “It's shocking though how much talent there is out there that these kids are exhibiting. At their age, I wasn't singing like many of them. You hear them and you can tell that they have years of experience."
“La Voz Kids” premieres this Sunday, May 5 at 7p.m. on Telemundo.