After months of hype (and a breakup in between), Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s ¡Q’Viva! series is finally set to debut this weekend. We happened to catch a sneak peek of the premiere episode, which shows a very interesting side to the newly divorced power couple.
In all honesty, the ¡Q’Viva! format does play a lot like Jennifer’s “other” reality competition show. And if you ask us, it’s kind of strange to premiere both series so close to each other. Could it be giving the TV viewing audience a little too much J.Lo on a weekly basis?
One thing’s for sure. With Lopez, what you see is what you get. Jennifer actually comes off quite the same on ¡Q’Viva! as she does on Idol. She’s the “sweet” judge, the big-hearted talent scout who clearly hates giving out bad news.
Anthony, on the other hand, is a little more rough around the edges and has some stern moments during the premiere. Sometimes he gives the thumbs up and other times he’s crushing karaoke dreams.
With the split still pretty fresh, both Jennifer and Marc come off professional and genuinely sweet with each other. There are even a few brief mentions of their twins, Max and Emme.
And the producers made a smart decision by having them address their public breakup almost immediately (vs. glossing over it like it never happened). Clearly part of the season’s subplot will include how these two former lovers learn to work hand-in-hand to find talented Latinos.
Which of course brings us back to the “substance” of the show, the talent. In the first episode we meet quite an interesting array of characters. There are Brazilian fighter dancers, Chilean guitar masters, and a pair of Central American twin sisters who have some funny (and flirty) moments with El Cantante.
Superstar choreographer Jamie King is featured as a central figure too, adding input on a few dancing contestants from Argentina. And with his history teaching moves to Ricky Martin, Madonna, and Britney Spears, we’re sure he’ll add a lively touch to the show.
That being said, ¡Q’Viva! has the potential to turn into quite an interesting reality experiment. But, as we know with all talent competition shows, the true fun doesn’t begin until the final eliminations.
By Michael Lopez