Latinas Rule 'The Voice,' Mary Miranda & Cathia Sing Shakira Song

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It all came down to Team Shakira’s Mary Miranda/Cathia battle last night on The Voice. The two Latina singers went head-to-head using a…wait for it…Shakira song, Antes de las Seis.” During the rehearsals, Miranda stumbled a bit due to her lack of knowledge of Shakira’s catalogue.   

“Mary doesn’t know her parts,” Cathia said of Miranda. “You just can’t go up to Shakira and not sing her song well. You need to know the melody.” Ouch!

Before their joint performance the pair presented their night’s goal to the cameras:

“When I get on that stage I’m going to make sure Shakira knows that I’m the person to pick,” Cathia said.

“I’m going to show Shakira that she got another Latina pop star right here” Miranda stated.

What ensued was one of the best performances of the season—absolutely flawless. While Cathia’s voice is earthier, Miranda’s stage presence is far ahead of her 17 years of age. The pair’s silky vocals gave Shakira’s breakup song a new millennial melody and spin. In the end, Shakira had her most difficult decision this season. Usher even accused her of being a narcissist for choosing her own song. However, Shak quickly defended herself which led the R&B heartthrob to say, “You never get into an argument with a Latin woman.” Damn skippy!

Eventually, Shak picked our choice to make it to finals—Mary Miranda. Subsequently, Usher stole Cathia to bolster his team and he reminded her, “I did have a number one Latin record [with Romeo].”

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Jesus Trivino,

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for MyNuvoTV.com, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and BET.com's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked, SOHH.com, People.com, Essence.com, and many more. In his 13-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Editor he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do?

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