The event series is hosted by Francisco Verdin "La Voz del Valle", whose Ballet Folklorico Ollin dance company is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year.
San Fernando Valley-based dance crew Just Stylin' and their youth group kicked off the event with a dazzling performance featuring a mix of everything from merengue to a hip-hop Angry Birds routine.
Panorama Mall makes an effort to support and showcase local talent in addition to international stars. Just Stylin' features young members from Ballet Folklorico de West LA, a regular performer at the mall.
Reyna Trevino, Dr. Anthony Luu & Diana Mera returned as judges for the event. Family and friends showed support at the important event by displaying signs with the contestants name like loyal pop star fans. Many invited their entire family to share the special day and took photos non-stop.
Contestants at the Semi-Finals had the opportunity to perform with CD or Mariachi Los Palmeros de Panorama Mall. Finalists Leon Green selected "Land of 1,000 Dances" by R&B legend Wilson Pickett, while Mason Reece chose, "Payphone" by Maroon 5.
Cristal Morales, Jose Antonio Pacheco, Angel Mejia and Carlos Pacheco made it to the Finals supported by live mariachi. Their selections were "Luz de Luna" and "Renunciación" by Javier Solis, "La Puerta Negra" by Pancho Barraza and "Mujer Divinas" by Vicente Fernandez respectively.
Finalists are working hard to prepare for the Finals on August 19th, and we wish them all the best. Guests will also enjoy a live performances from Diana Mera and upcoming Urban Latino artist Jay Chris, courtesy of Trevino Enterprises PR (division of TMG/Universal Music). We are also honored to have Abelardo de la Peña Jr from LatinoLA.com back as our guest judge.