via press release:
LOS ANGELES – April 5, 2012 – On the heels of the worldwide success of ¡Q’Viva! The Chosen, which is seen weekly by more than 30 million television viewers across the Americas, Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and show director Jamie King today announced that ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN LIVE, the spectacular live show featuring the most amazing Latin artists, will debut at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Saturday, May 26, 2012.
To kick off the celebration, Lopez and Anthony will perform together at ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN LIVE, a new Latin cultural production directed by King featuring the artists the trio discovered during the making of their hit television series ¡Q’Viva! The Chosen. The live show, presented by BlackBerry® and promoted by AEG Live, will be a stunning celebration of Latin music and performance arts.
Lopez comments, “Q’VIVA! has been an incredible journey for us. It fulfilled our vision to share and celebrate the people, the culture, the music and artistry of Latin America though this global broadcast. And now, Q’VIVA! the LIVE show will be the culmination of that journey.”
“¡Q’VIVA! LIVE is about feeling, passion, and love. It not only unites the raw talent discovered in Latin America on a world class stage but also fuses together the different rhythms, textures, and artistic styles found throughout the region,” added Anthony.
King noted, “These authentic and vibrant performers were selected from a pool of thousands of Latin artists we scouted from 21 countries. Our final selection of 50 performers represents the best of Latin artistry, music and dance.”
“¡Q’VIVA! LIVE has been a passion project for all of us. To see the culmination of our extraordinary experiment into this grand live show has been deeply inspiring and is just one more step in the incredible journey that continues to evolve” said Fuller.
“Hosting the live ¡Q’Viva! The Chosen event at Mandalay Bay is a tremendous honor,” said Chuck Bowling, president and COO of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. “We look forward to a successful partnership with Simon Fuller, hosts Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, as well as the creative genius of Jamie King. Bringing this international reality show to Las Vegas allows us to strengthen our international presence with guests and TV viewers worldwide.”
¡Q’Viva! The Chosen, the groundbreaking television series documents the dynamic trio’s travels throughout the Americas in search of artists who will stun the world with their color and originality for a unprecedented live show, is currently airing on 22 networks in 21 countries and has become one of the biggest new international TV shows of 2012. The original program has been hailed by many leaders and commentators including the Chairman and Co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Felix Sanchez, as “an extraordinary step, like a walk on the Moon…a historic media moment in time: the first seamlessly bilingual show that presents entertainment and information to a general audience, not simply to a target audience. (Huffington Post).” Moreover, Entertainment Weekly noted the show, which was shot in Spanish, Portuguese and English “is an entertaining fusion of reality television and international talent show.”
In addition to strong showings throughout North, Central and South America, the series has attracted significantly more viewers to Univision’s Saturday 7 p.m. hour compared to last year (March 5, 2011) across all Viewers 2+ (+44%), Persons 12-34 (+24%), Adults 18-34 (+30%) and Adults 18-49 (+32%). The series is being internationally distributed outside of the USA by global entertainment company Endemol and was produced in partnership with Endemol Argentina. The show also will continue to expand internationally as Endemol begins to roll it out globally and more countries sign up to broadcast the series.
Tickets to ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN LIVE, starting at $45 (plus applicable service fees), will be available tomorrow, April 6 at 10:00 am PST at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or MandalayBay.com or to charge by phone call 800-745-3000. International ticket purchases can be made via Tickemaster.com.
Created by Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jamie King, in collaboration with BlackBerry, ¡Q’Viva! The Chosen is a groundbreaking series celebrating Latin culture, music and performance arts.
During the course of the series, which also is sponsored by American Airlines and Kohl’s, Jennifer, Marc and Jamie travel throughout the region and witness the most amazing singers, dancers, musicians, and mesmerizing performers that they have found through local grassroots efforts, YouTube (youtube.com/qviva), and Facebook (facebook.com/qvivathechosen).
“The Chosen” artists make a dream journey to the U.S. for a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their artistic gifts with the world as part of a spectacular live Las Vegas performance showcasing the diverse music, dance, and cultural styles of the Americas.