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article imageYoung contestant on Spain's 'The Voice' dies

By Amanda Payne     Mar 12, 2014 in Entertainment
Valencia - Iraila la Torre, just 11 years old, was a contestant on 'La Voz Kids' in Spain despite having suffered from cancer for several years.
The programme, an offshoot of the popular The Voice franchise, had been recorded last July when she was still well enough to compete. The youngster was shown breaking down in tears in the first programme as she was chosen by all three of the judges, Malu, David Bisbal and Rosario Flores. In the end she decided to go with Malu who took to Twitter to offer her condolences "“Once again death shows itself in its most unfair form… Iraila my love the angels are waiting for you… Rest in peace.”
The second round battle phase is due to be shown on Spain's Telecinco channel this Thursday, March 13.
Tragically, the death of the youngster was announced by her parents on Tuesday March 11, according to El Pais. Executives of Telecinco and the programmes producers Mediaset Espana travelled to Valencia, where Iraila lived, to console her parents and to make a decision as to whether her performance will be broadcast.
The family of the youngster has decided to allow the programme to go out without any changes being made, despite their loss.
Iraila's first round performance of Rihanna's "Diamonds" electrified the judges, all very well known performers in Spain and abroad.
The Voice is a talent show, originating in Holland, where three judges listen to contestants with their backs turned, so they don't see the contestant whilst they perform. If they feel the contestant is good enough, they turn their chairs around.The show has become popular around the world.
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