Ricky Martin Tapped as Judge for New Music Competition Show 'La Banda'

'It's an amazing platform that I wish I had when I was starting in my career,' so Martin was quoted as commenting about the new singing competition show.

AceShowbiz - Having just released his latest album "A Quien Quiera Escuchar" ("To anyone who wants to listen") earlier this month, %cRicky Martin% is recruited to serve as judge and executive producer for %cSimon Cowell%'s new Spanish language music competition show "La Banda". The reality singing competition, set to air on Univision, is aimed to find the "ultimate Latino boyband through the largest talent search in U.S. Hispanic history," so read the announcement.

Speaking of the new show, Martin was quoted as saying, "Our community needs musical projects in order to cultivate its talents, which is why I feel it's the perfect moment for a show like La Banda. There is so much talent to be discovered, and I'm sure we'll find the next musical phenomenon with the help of not only the judges but also the fans." He added, "It's an amazing platform that I wish I had when I was starting in my career."

Martin's fellow judges haven't been revealed just yet. However, contestant registration has been opened, with auditions set to begin March 7 in Los Angeles before the search goes nationwide.

Boys 14 and older living in the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico can register. They will have to compete for a spot in a 5-person group that will be managed by Martin. The winner will score a recording contract with Sony Music Latin. Further details about contestant registration can be read on La Banda official site.

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