An episode of “La Voz Kids” will still air despite one of the contestants seen in it, 11-year-old Iralia la Torre, dying of cancer after it was taped.
“Iralia, my darling, the angels are waiting for you … rest in peace,” posted her coach Malú on Twitter.
The show was taped in July 2013 and will air on Thursday.
The Spanish show mimics “The Voice” in that its judges begin the blind auditions with their backs to the performers. If they like what they hear, they swivel around in their chairs.
All three judges turned their chairs around shortly after Iralia began singing Rihanna’s hit song “Diamonds.”
Iralia’s family thanked supporters for the support they received, and asked them to donate to the Asmanion foundation, from which the family received lots of support during Iralia’s four-year battle with cancer.
Sources close to the family told El Pais that the family’s wants the program broadcast as a tribute to their daughter.
“She had high hopes of being an artist,” explained the sources. “She was an only child and her parents got behind her to help her with her dreams of being a singer. They were so excited about it.”
Telecinco released a statement: “Respecting the wishes of Iraila’s family, Telecinco will broadcast La Voz Kids [on Thursday] without any changes to the content, which was recorded several months ago.”