Los Angeles : CA : USA | Mar 04, 2012 at 12:05 AM PST
BY Sherrill Fulghum
The Latin talent search program “Q’Viva!” made its American television premiere on Saturday night. Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Jamie King searched the Americas to find the right singers, dancers, and performers to vie for a spot in their Las Vegas show.
Last year Lopez and Anthony announced their separation and divorce, but have come back together to find the perfect talent for their new show.
The first stop for Jennifer was Brazil to see a Capoeira group in person. Jennifer was not disappointed and invited all 10 of them to go to Los Angeles to try out for the show. The group then had Jennifer join them.
It was Marc’s turn; and despite the torrential rainstorm in Columbia, he traveled to see a Salsa – Swing Latina - dance troupe. Marc said the performers were on the highest level he has ever seen and invited the group to go to Los Angeles.
Jennifer traveled to Chile to see a guitar player with flying fingers. She called him authentic and gave him a ticket to Los Angeles.
Marc went to Guatemala to see and invite a fire performer to Los Angeles.
In Nincargua Marc saw a singer who hopes to make it to the US where she already has family members and dreams of seeing them again. She gave an inpromptu a’ cappella audition but although Marc said she was good, she wasn’t good enough to get a trip to LA.
Back to Chile, Jennifer’s visit is drawing a lot of attention. A 12 year old Paolo stops Jennifer in the street asking for a chance to audition for her. The street serenade brought smiles to Jennifer’s face and a ticket for the young man.
Marc travels to Mexico City where he went to see a brother and Sister acrobatic dance duo. Marc said that he was very impressed and invited the duo to Los Angeles.
Jennifer and Jamie travel to Argentina where they go to see an
Argentine Tango couple who have been dancing together for only one year. The couple gave Jennifer goose bumps and earned themselves a ticket to Los Angeles.
Jennifer and Marc meet up in Puerto Rico where they went to see a pair of twins who dance Salsa that had caught Marc’s eye.
Despite needing some work the girls won a ticket to LA but Marc said that he was going to have some explaining to do to Jennifer.
Still in Puerto Rico Marc went to see a percussionist that he called incredible. Six Congas, two flying hands, and two elbows won a ticket to Los Angeles.
Jennifer is in Venezuela to visit a dancer Although Jennifer thinks her dancer is technically great, he is on the fence since her partner was not nearly as good and held her back. But in the end, Jennifer have her a ticket to Los Angeles.
Marc traveled to Columb to see an all female gaita group. One of the women told Marc that he was going to be the father of her children. There to watch the girls, Marc was pulled into the performance but it wasn’t enough to impress Marc into giving the girls a ticket to the next round.
While in Columbia Mar and the crew got stuck in an elevator.
Meanwhile in Argentina, Jennifer traveled to the countryside to see a Malmbo group. The guys earned themselves a ticket to Los Angeles.
The search was on for a female vocalist and after a trip to Guatamala, Uruguay, Columbia, and Mexico City Marc finally found a singer he wanted to invite to Los Angeles in Roxanna.
Jennifer found some more Tango dancers; and Marc went to see a dance couple of his own in Panama who were not only shocked to meet Marc but also got a ticket to Los Angeles.
A tired Jennifer was homesick for the twins traveled to Brazil to see a tap dancer who took his talents to the streets of Sao Paola. Jennifer asked him to giver her everything he had and he did. Jennifer said he blew her away and asked him to join them in Los Angeles.
Back in Puerto Rico Marc and Jennifer meet back up to see who the pair had found and watch the final audition of the week together – a traditional Puerto Rican dance troupe - and invited them to Los Angeles.
Eighteen acts were found on the first two legs of their journey through Latin America looking for the best talent to represent Latin culture.http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-ne ... -premieres