Voices of Vallarta…(Eight) Track Five


Week Five at Act II’s Stage featured the best songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s; hence the retro LP’s hanging from the roof. Those of you unfamiliar with the acronym – learn. I just wondered whose closet they came from!

The contest was down to 14 (from the original 24) with the players choosing Spanish tunes for the most part. Exceptional exception was “Brown-Eyed Girl” – well done, Joe; you nailed it.

The judges – in fine form as always- had little to complain about this week. Their consensus was, for the most part, that the songs were chosen and interpreted well by the singers. Alain’s “fashion disaster” was voted out of contention but, with what has become tradition in the search for THE VOICE of VALLARTA, he sang his way off stage a cappella, wrapped up tightly by his fellow competitors many with tears in their eyes. The competition is heating up fiercely and emotions are raw and close to the surface.

Carla, one of The Voice judges, is also a voice maestra, and, if “ALAS”, her group of young performers, is any indication of her immense capacity to teach, then Act II may have another hit on their hands. These kids nearly stole the show with a few medleys of favorites from three decades of popular Mexican music. In just two weeks, ALAS has blossomed into a tight ensemble with three or four outstanding young men (sorry girls, your turn may come…) with ‘star quality’ getting ready to burn.

Next week, tunes from Mexico’s Telenovelas or Soap Operas will be the order of the day. For once, I won’t have an opinion or even a clue about what’s being sung. More new adventures!

Packed seats are getting to be the rule every Sunday at 8 pm so come early, mingle with some of the contestants, have a martini or two and cheer on your favorite singer and don’t forget to vote on Facebook. This is a serious and important contest and you may very well be watching the emergence of Mexico’s next superstar.

Marcia Blondin


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