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Patricia Manterola is the new face in the spotlight at ‘La Voz Kids’

PATRICIA MANTEROLA
PATRICIA MANTEROLA

There’s a new host on Telemundo’s La Voz Kids.

Mexican singer and actress Patricia Manterola was announced as the new lady in the spotlight, alongside Jorge Bernal. She is replacing Daisy Fuentes for season 4, which will premiere this summer.

La Voz Kids will co-star Daddy Yankee, Natalia Jimenez and Pedro Fernandez as the judges in charge of guiding the young contestants through their musical journeys.

“You start seeing these stories and you feel like you can identify,” Manterola said. “I put myself in their shoes, remembering how I felt as a child when I was given the opportunity to enter a competition. Both Daddy Yankee and Natalia Jimenez — I saw their careers flourish, and it’s so fabulous to see them now as major artists.”

Manterola, who started her career as a child actress in Mexico, sees the reality competition as a great opportunity.

“I remember when I was a kid and I would tell my mom that I loved to sing,” Manterola said. “When there were festivals at my school, I was always the first to volunteer for dress-up and shows. When you already know at such a young age that is what you like and want to pursue, it’s a big deal to be on La Voz Kids. I am so happy to be part of a project that changes lives.”

Bernal joked about all the talent in one room.

“I’m worried because Natalia sings, Daddy Yankee sings, Patricia sings,” he said. “So I’ve decided I’ll be dropping an album next year.”

Seriously, though: Bernal is looking forward to the upcoming season with his new colleague.

“I’m feeling the same things as in the first season,” he said. “The butterflies and the anxiety and the nerves and I’m just really, truly excited.”

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