Photo: Alejandro Sanz
Alejandro Sanz is not Mexican but he has just discovered the country’s best singer on the “La Voz de Mexico” television contest, which broke nationwide viewership records.
Oscar Cruz, a 44-year-old man from the central state of Puebla, will leave his job as a school custodian and will have the opportunity to become a musical performer, given that one of the prizes in the contest - in which he won first place - is recording an album.
“My participation in the program has left me with a much deeper knowledge and love for this country than I had. I’m leaving a lot of my heart here,” said Sanz, who has lived in Mexico for the past two months during the contest and on Sunday celebrated his 43rd birthday.
On the final program, Sanz and his protege Cruz performed a duet of the song “Piano Man.”
Cruz beat out the contestants sponsored - or selected - by the Mexican artists Lucero, Aleks Syntek and Espinoza Paz.
“La Voz de Mexico” was not a typical musical talent show and Sanz and his colleagues were not simply judges, but rather coaches on teams of singers that they had previously selected.
The contestants were competing among themselves and were selected or eliminated by the TV viewers and the judges until just one person was left for each one of the coaches.