"La Banda" is Univision's new music reality show that is on a quest to find a new Latin boyband like Menudo, Mercurio, Magneto and many more. The network has held auditions across the U.S. casting singing hopefuls. The Simon Cowell-produced program has announced Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz and Laura Pausini as judges. Alejandra Espinoza will host the talent competition that will air starting in September. During its Upfront presentation the Spanish-language network announced Season 2 of the singing show that will find a new Latina vocal group. So if Season 1 is about finding a new One Direction, Season 2 is about finding the new Fifth Harmony. This is already too exciting and we can't wait!

“I am absolutely delighted to be announcing season 2 of 'La Banda,'” said Cowell in a statement.  “The enthusiasm for this format is already very exciting and most importantly we are seeing some incredibly promising talent. Univision and Saban Brands are brilliant, music-focused, passionate partners and we are all looking forward to next year’s search for a Latina girl group.” News of this new format taking off comes after it was announced "American Idol" would be canceled after the next season. "Idol" is how Cowell was introduced to American audiences and became a global celebrity for his straight-to-the-gut critiques, that were harsh, but ultimately helpful.

 “Music plays a central role in the lives of Hispanics and we are pleased to continue to bring new musical projects to our audience via this exciting new platform,” said Alberto Ciurana, president, Programming and Content, Univision Communications Inc. “We’re thrilled to collaborate once again with Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment as part of our commitment to entertain and empower Hispanic Americans through the programming they crave.” "La Banda 2" will also air on Sunday-nights and will air in 2016.