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And I'm Robert Siegel. These days, competition reality shows are a dime a dozen, but tomorrow night, one - on Fox - will stand out for two reasons. First, it features the famous singers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, whose marriage was breaking up when they filmed the show, and second, it's not new. It's already been on the air as a Spanish-language program. The only change is the subtitles. NPR's Mandalit del Barco explains.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Superstars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony call it their passion project. Last fall, they joined with concert director Jamie King in traveling through Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean in search of singers, dancers, musicians and other artists.


UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: This is me being able to really, really ring that bell, really, really go I am Latina and this is who we are.

BARCO: The result is part reality show, part international talent show, called "Q'Viva! The Chosen."


JENNIFER LOPEZ: It's going to be an amazing ride.

BARCO: The trio discovers fire-breathing dancers, acrobats, musicians with handmade instruments and soulful singers. In northern Mexico, Anthony meets a group of dancers wearing pointy cowboy boots with extra long tips, like curved cross-country skis.


MARC ANTHONY: What is that?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Foreign language spoken)

ANTHONY: Dude, they want me to try these on.

BARCO: That's Marc Anthony weaving seamlessly between Spanish and English. The show "Q'Viva! The Chosen" is subtitled in English for Fox and in Spanish for Univision.

JAMIE KING: That was our big dream in the beginning, and it only made sense being that Marc and Jennifer and they speak both languages.

BARCO: Co-producer Jamie King.

KING: Keeping it authentic was the most important part. So we're not going to recreate something if it's not right. Like, if a moment truly happened and it was all on Spanish or in English, we keep that moment. We wouldn't try to recreate that or act in any way because it is a real docujourney that we're on.


LOPEZ: Hi, Paolo.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: (Foreign language spoken)

LOPEZ: (Foreign language spoken)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: (Foreign language spoken)

LOPEZ: He wants to audition right now.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: (Singing in foreign language)

BARCO: It wasn't a hard sell to get the competing English and Spanish networks to share programming, says executive producer Michael Herwick.

MICHAEL HERWICK: "Q'Viva!" is the same show, but there are going to be very different audiences, I think, in some ways. You know, I think it would have been a disservice if we just put it on Univision, and people who didn't speak Spanish couldn't watch it.

BARCO: With network TV's usual primetime Saturday night lineup so uninspired, the multilingual program may not be such a gamble for Fox. In fact, it's a natural for the network that broadcasts "American Idol" with judge Jennifer Lopez and executive producer Simon Fuller, who is also behind "Q'Viva! The Chosen." And this being network television, the producers are counting on audiences tuning in to watch glimpses of JLo and Marc Anthony's fiery relationship. In one scene, Lopez bops her estranged husband on the head as he ogles some sexy salsa dancers in Puerto Rico.


ANTHONY: I want to be like you when I grow up. That's what I want to see.

LOPEZ: What? Banging on three girls' butts?


ANTHONY: He's the man.

BARCO: Jamie King says the stars' banter will no doubt bring viewers.


KING: Just the fun of being in the middle of Jennifer and Marc.


KING: We call them the Latin financier, right? So it's humorous at times, and it's also - can get very heated. I think it's just the nature of the relationship, whether they were together or apart, I mean, they're both very passionate people.

BARCO: King has choreographed and directed stage shows for the likes of Madonna, Rihanna, Britney Spears and the new Cirque du Soleil "Michael Jackson Immortal Tour." He says the premise of "Q'Viva!" is a lead-up to a Las Vegas spectacular he's producing in April or May, just after this series ends. Mandalit del Barco, NPR News.

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