La Banda(English: The Band) is a Latin American singing competition series created by Simon Cowell and produced by Ricky Martin. It is presented by Alejandra Espinoza and premiered on September 13, 2015. The judges are Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini, and Alejandro Sanz. The goal of the series is to look for talented young teens to make the next musical phenomenon. The show has been renewed for season 2, in the search for the next Latin girl band.

Season 1 premiered on September 13, 2015 and ended on December 13, 2015. The new band entitled CNCO is composed of (current ages): Christopher Velez (20), (Ecuador), Richard Camacho (19), (Dominican Republic), Joel Pimentel (17), (Mexico), Erick Brian Colon (15), (Cuba), and Zabdiel de Jesús (18), (Puerto Rico).

Participants

The young men listed below were voted through to the competition by at least two of the three star judges of the show.[2] Their ages at the time of their televised audition and their Latin American countries of ethnic or national origin are also displayed.

The top 41 participants showed who passed the audition but failed to continue towards the second phase of the competition. The judges decided to form four five-member boy bands to perform during this phase. The fifth five-member boy band was to be made up of five of the participants left behind. After performing, the judges sent all but five boys home. The top 20 shows the participants who moved on to the third round but failed to continue on after that.

Top 41

ParticipantAgeOrigin
Aaron Bodden18 Honduras
Yashua Camacho16 Dominican Republic
Franco Tortolani17 Venezuela
Ezequiel Cárdenas
Jeremías Cárdenas
20 Mexico /  Spain
Adán Allende24 Puerto Rico
Ricardo Moreno16 Mexico
Anthony Ortiz17 United States
Luis Gamarra22 Bolivia
Diydan López21 Mexico
Cristhian Camacho17 Colombia
Jorge Gabriel Rodríguez21 Cuba
Jordan Hernańdez18 Mexico
José López Cepero17 Puerto Rico
Mateo Urrea16 Colombia
José Barrientos19 Mexico
Mauricio Novoa18 Mexico
Fabyan Sánchez18 Puerto Rico
Brian Gallardo19 Mexico
Garmandy Candelario20 Dominican Republic
Joseph Picorelli16 Puerto Rico

Each boy band performed its cover of a song in a music video. After watching the videos, the judges eliminate five more contestants.

Top 20

ParticipantAgeOrigin
Micke Moreno17 Colombia
Jason Medina18 Mexico
Elison Joel Morban18 Dominican Republic
José Tunon16 Mexico
Matthews Charlotten18 Puerto Rico

Top 15

The judges had the top 15 participants performing as a solo artist. The fans are in charge of whose performance was their most favorite.

ParticipantAgeOrigin
José Antonio Monroig17 Puerto Rico
Nickie Jon Pabon19 Puerto Rico
Kevin González **20 El Salvador
  • Kevin González was originally part of the top 12, but for unknown reasons, Gonzalez decided to quit from the competition. During the first live show it was revealed that Alan Matheus would replace Gonzalez.

Top 12

Here the 12 finalists that will fight for their goal in the final phase of the competition.

ParticipantAgeOrigin
Christopher Vélez20 Ecuador
Joshua Greaux17 Puerto Rico
Zabdiel de Jesús18 Puerto Rico
Joel Pimentel17 Mexico
Johann Vera20 Ecuador
Erick Brian Colón15 Cuba
Yoandri Cabrera16 Cuba
Jaime Cruz15 Puerto Rico
Sebastián Rivera15 Puerto Rico
Alan Matheus **14 Venezuela
Richard Camacho19 Dominican Republic

The final 5 that won the competition were Joel Pimentel, Erick Brian Colón, Richard Camacho, Zabdiel de Jesús, and Christopher Vélez

Live shows

Results summary

Contestants' color key:

     – Contestant announced as safe in no particular order.
     – Contestant in the bottom three and was saved by the judges.
     – Contestant in the bottom three and was saved by the public vote.
     – Contestant in the bottom three and was eliminated.
     – Winning contestants who join La Banda.

Note: No eliminations occurred during the Week 1 of the live shows, due to the fact that the contestants needed to obtain votes in order for elimination to occur the following week.
Note: On week seven the judges could not decide who would be the fourth member so the public live votes chose Erick Brian Colon.

ContestantWeek 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7La Banda
Christopher VelezSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafe1st
Member
Richard CamachoSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafe2nd
Member
Joel PimentelSafeSafeSafeSafeBottom threeSafe3rd
Member
Erick Brian ColónSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafe4th
Member
Zabdiel de JesúsSafeSafeSafeBottom threeSafeBottom three5th
Member
Yoandri CabreraSafeBottom threeBottom threeSafeBottom threeBottom threeEliminated
(Week 7)
Jaime CruzBottom threeBottom threeSafeBottom threeSafeBottom threeEliminated
(Week 7)
Johann VeraSafeSafeSafeSafeBottom threeEliminated
(Week 6)
Aaron BoddenSafeSafeBottom threeBottom threeEliminated
(Week 5)
Alan MatheusSafeSafeBottom threeEliminated
(Week 4)
Sebastián RiveraBottom threeBottom threeEliminated
(Week 3)
Joshua GreauxBottom threeEliminated
(Week 2)
Judges voted to Save
Alejandro's voteSebastián RiveraJaime CruzAlan MatheusZabdiel de JesusYoandri CabreraYoandri Cabrera
Laura's voteJoshua GreauxSebastián RiveraAaron BoddenZabdiel de JesusYoandri CabreraErick Brian Colón
Ricky's voteSebastián RiveraJaime CruzAaron BoddenZabdiel de JesusJohann VeraZabdiel De Jesús

Live show details

Ricky Martin saved Erick Brian Colon

Week 1 (November 1)

Band performances
BandOrderSong(s)
Band #1:
Aaron Boden
Richard Camacho
Zabdiel de Jesus
Johann Vera
1"Fun"
Band #2:
Christopher Velez
Joel Pimentel
Sebastian Rivera
Erick Brian Colon
2"El Perdón"
Band #3:
Jaime Cruz
Yoandri Cabrera
Alan Matheus
Joshua Greaux
3"Drag Me Down"
Individual performances
ContestantOrderSong(s)Result
Richard Camacho4"Sunset"Safe
Zabdiel de Jesus5"A Thousand Years"Safe
Erick Brian Colon6"La Temperatura"Safe
Aaron Bodden7"Que Viva la Vida"Safe
Jaime Cruz8"Stitches"Bottom 3
Alan Matheus9"Darte un Beso"Safe
Sebastian Rivera10"Isn't She Lovely"Bottom 3
Joshua Greaux11"Duele el Amor"Eliminated
Johann Vera12"Impossible"Safe
Christopher Velez13"Contigo"Safe
Yoandri Cabrera14"Fight Song"Safe
Joel Pimentel15"I See Fire"Safe

Week 2 (November 8)

Band performances
BandOrderSong(s)
Band #1:
Yoandri Cabrera
Richard Camacho
Sebastian Rivera
Joel Pimentel
1"Cheerleader"
Band #2:
Christopher Velez
Alan Matheus
Aaron Bodden
Erick Brian Colon
2"Me Voy Enamorando"
Band #3:
Jaime Cruz
Johann Vera
Joshua Greaux
Zabdiel de Jesus
3"Uptown Funk"
Individual performances
ContestantOrderSong(s)Result
Johann Vera4"Vivir Mi Vida"Safe
Aaron Bodden5"Back It Up"Safe
Zabdiel de Jesus6"Ginza"Safe
Yoandri Cabrera7"Noviembre Sin Ti"Bottom 3
Christopher Velez8"Steal My Girl"Safe
Erick Brian Colon9"Cuando Me Enamoro"Safe
Sebastian Rivera10"¡Corre!"Eliminated
Alan Matheus11"Me Enamora"Safe
Jaime Cruz12"Héroe"Bottom 3
Richard Camacho13"Marvin Gaye"Safe
Joel Pimentel14"Dreaming of You"Safe

Week 3 (November 15)

Band performances
BandOrderSong(s)
Band #1:
Zabdiel de Jesus
Richard Camacho
Alan Matheus
Erick Brian Colon
1"Algo Me Gusta de Ti"
Band #2:
Christopher Velez
Yoandri Cabrera
Joel Pimentel
Jaime Cruz
2"Sígueme y Te Sigo"
Band #3:
Johann Vera
Sebastian Rivera
Aaron Bodden
3"Rain Over Me"
Individual performances
ContestantOrderSong(s)Result
Zabdiel de Jesus4"Volví a Nacer"Safe
Aaron Bodden5"Get Lucky"Bottom 3
Alan Matheus6"Looking for Paradise"Eliminated
Johann Vera7"Disparo al Corazón"Safe
Joel Pimentel8"Stand By Me"Safe
Yoandri Cabrera9"Viva la Vida"Bottom 3
Christopher Velez10"Víveme"Safe
Jaime Cruz11"Danza Kuduro"Safe
Erick Brian Colon12"Calentura"Safe
Richard Camacho13"Propuesta Indecente"Safe

Week 4 (November 22)

Band performances
BandOrderSong(s)
Band #1:
Richard Camacho
Zabdiel de Jesus
Aaron Bodden
Alan Matheus
Johann Vera
1"Tú Me Quemas"
Band #2:
Christopher Velez
Erick Brian Colon
Joel Pimentel
Jaime Cruz
Yoandri Cabrera
2"What Do You Mean?"
Individual performances
ContestantOrderSong(s)Result
Jaime Cruz3"La Mordidita"Bottom 3
Yoandri Cabrera4"Mi Peor Error"Safe
Richard Camacho5"Am I Wrong"Safe
Johann Vera6"El Amor de Su Vida"Safe
Aaron Bodden7"Pierdo La Cabeza"Eliminated
Joel Pimentel8"Photograph"Safe
Zabdiel de Jesus9"Coleccionista de Canciones"Bottom 3
Erick Brian Colon10"Ay Vamos"Safe
Christopher Velez11"Fuiste Tú"Safe

Week 5 (November 29)

  • Musical guests: Jesse y Joy – "Ecos de Amor" and Calibre 50 – "Contigo"
Band performances
BandOrderSong(s)
Band #1:
Christopher Velez
Jaime Cruz
Joel Pimentel
Johann Vera
Richard Camacho
1"Nota de Amor" / "Bailar Contigo"
Band #2:
Aaron Bodden
Erick Brian Colon
Yoandri Cabrera
Zabdiel de Jesus
2"Locked Away" / "Rude"
Individual performances
ContestantOrderSong(s)Result
Christopher Velez3"Odio"Safe
Joel Pimentel4"Espacio Sideral"Bottom 3
Jaime Cruz5"No Sales de Mi Mente"Safe
Richard Camacho6"Lay Me Down"Safe
Zabdiel de Jesus7"Aunque Ahora Estes con El"Safe
Johann Vera8"Miedo"Eliminated
Yoandri Cabrera9"One Last Time"Bottom 3
Erick Brian Colon10"Hablé de Ti" / "Don't You Worry Child"Safe

Week 6: Semi-final (December 6)

  • Musical guests: Reik – "Voy a Olvidarte" / "Inolvidable" and Luis Coronel – "Nada Mas por Eso"
Band performances
BandOrderSong(s)
Band #1:
Joel Pimentel
Erick Brian Colon
Zabdiel de Jesus
Yoandri Cabrera
1"Que Se Sienta El Deseo"
Band #2:
Christopher Velez
Jaime Cruz
Johann Vera
Richard Camacho
2"I Gotta Feeling"
Individual performances
ContestantOrderSong(s)Result
Joel Pimentel3"Bendita tu luz"3rd
Johann Vera4"Levels"N/A
Erick Brian Colon5"Tranquila"4th
Yoandri Cabrera6"El Próximo Viernes"Bottom 3
Jaime Cruz7"Vaivén"Bottom 3
Christopher Velez8"Kilómetros"1st
Richard Camacho9"Sorry"2nd
Zabdiel de Jesus10"Salomé"Bottom 3
(5th member)
  1. In week 6, the results of the week 5's votes were announced at the end of the episode, allowing all 8 contestants to perform individually before Johann Vera's elimination.