After Telemundo paused production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second season of La Voz will officially return Sunday, July 26, for its final rounds.
“Things will be a little bit different,” Puerto Rican singer and coach Luis Fonsi tells Billboard. Fonsi, who was the winning coach on season one, will rejoin in Miami with coaches Alejandra Guzmán, Carlos Vives and Wisin, and the remaining 28 contestants to kick-off “Los Enfrentamientos” or Cross Battles.
Typically, the live shows count with a live audience but because of the current health crisis, the battles will resume with no audience. “Of course I’m going to miss the audience but I think the most important thing is that we’re starting back up and we’re giving all these kids an opportunity to finish what they started,” Fonsi adds.
Each battle winner will be decided solely by audience votes. The winner of the competition will take home $200,000 in cash money and a recording contract with Universal Music Group to produce, record, and commercially release a single.
In an interview with Billboard, Fonsi elaborated on the plans to resume the show and his predictions. Read the Q&A below and watch the full interview above.
I’m sure there was a lot of going back-and-forth on whether to do this or not. How did the process of deciding to finish off the season go?
It’s super exciting to be able to rejoin my family in La Voz to be able to physically see my team and the contestants who have been patiently waiting to start the show again. It was something that was not decided by us. A lot went into if it was safe enough for us to come back and how it was going to be done. I trust that it’s going to be an amazing experience. It feels like forever.
How do you feel about going back to the stage amid these crazy times?
I was just thinking about the participants, I felt for them. More than the rest of the coaches, they were in such a role. Every week they were growing and getting better and better and all of a sudden it stopped. I was rooting for them and eager for them to have a chance to get to this stage which is the most important, the live show, where the audience votes for the winning voice, so it’s exciting.
It’s a step towards some type of normality, that’s the way I see it. The world is still a little crazy and to be able to bring music to people’s homes, to me that’s refreshing and that’s much needed and we’re doing it in a way that’s safe for everybody, so it’s exciting.
How exactly is La Voz going to happen without a live audience?
They’ve explained a little bit. Obviously, we won’t really know until we get there, but we do know that there won’t be an audience. They’ve taken many precautions for obvious reasons. Things will be a little bit different. As far as people at home, I think the only difference they’ll feel is that. We’re gonna be physically there… at the stage that they’ve always seen on TV and physically speaking, it’s going to be the same, if not better. That, to me, is the most important part.
Of course, I’m going to miss the audience, but I think the most important thing is that we’re starting back up and we’re giving all these kids an opportunity to finish what they started. In this sort of stage, since the audience is sort of choosing for us, fans can vote from home.
Have you been in touch with Team Fonsi during the quarantine period?
100 percent, we’ve been in touch. The production has been nice enough to always get us linked up to do a lot of these sorts of meetings to talk about music. I’ve been cracking the whip, telling them to rehearse. Before, it was like they didn’t have enough time to rehearse the new song. Now, they’re at home, they have their music. There’s no excuse.
It’s going to be really interesting to see who comes back prepared, who took advantage of this free time. It’s going to almost help us decide who the true winner is because discipline is such a key part of this career. I have faith in my team because I’m very strict with them and I think they’re going to kill it. I’m really excited about my team. There’s incredible talent throughout the whole show but now it’s up to the audience.
You won season one of La Voz. Do you think the winner of season two is also in your team?
I’m positive. I’m a realist. At the end of the day, it’s not about us, the coaches. Yeah, I brag that I won the first season, but I always say that it’s not about us, it’s about them. They get the prize, they get the contract deal, it’s their shot and their moment. I always root for the best voice, I hope that it’s in my team but at the end of the day, whoever deserves to win will win.