‘American Idol’ might be coming to an end, but Simon Cowell-produced reality singing competitions are set to live on. Univision has given the green light to a second season of ‘La Banda’, the show that scours the US and Puerto Rico for musical talent.

The Wrap reported that the multi-media competition show, that was co-developed by Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment and Haim Saban’s Saban Brands and produced with the help of Fremantle Media Latin America, will be continuing in its Sunday night slot on the Univision Network next year.

Simon CowellSimon Cowell / Univision show 'La Banda' has been renewed for a second season

Univision’s president of programming and content, Alberto Ciurana, released a statement saying “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.” “We’re thrilled to collaborate once again with Simon Cowell‘s SYCO as part of our commitment to entertain and empower Hispanic Americans through the programming they crave.”

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‘La Banda 2’ will focus its search on building a new girl group, which Cowell hopes will be Latino rival to the success of British combo Little Mix. It’s only a few weeks since the first season launched, with a mission of building a boy band, and its popularity is such that the nod has already been given for a second.

Cowell also released a statement: “I am absolutely delighted to be announcing Season 2 of 'La Banda'. 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.”

55 year old Cowell is currently sifting through the auditions for the first season, alongside former producer on ‘The X Factor’ Mark Sidaway and former Latin pop heartthrob Ricky Martin – yes, him, of ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ fame.

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