Kirstie Maldonado and members of her a cappella group are $200,000 richer and have a new recording contract with Sony Music after winning NBC’s The Sing-Off.
The 19-year-old Latina singer’s five-member group Pentatonix—the smallest singing group in the reality show—beat out the Dartmouth Aires and Urban Methodin Monday’s finale to win the title…and prize package that came with it. The group won by claiming the majority of the reported three million viewer votes cast.
In all, 16 teams competed in the singing competition where participating groups couldn’t use instruments other than their own voices.
Throughout the competition, Pentatonix stood out as a small yet mighty group of talented singers and vocal percussionists, and they were praised regularly by show’s judges Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.
Along with Maldonado—a National Hispanic Scholar and University of Oklahoma musical theatre major—Pentatonix consists of Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan.
Maldonado was credited by the judges for bringing some serious sass and class to the group as the only female member.
“I don’t even know what to say … I’m just so humbled to have shared the stage with my best friends. They’re my family,” said Hoying after winning the competition. “And these 16 amazing groups; I can’t believe this is happening.”
Now that he’s won Dancing with the Stars, J.R. Martinez won’t be heading to Disneyland.
The 28-year-old Iraq-war-vet-turned-actor will be headed to our nation’s capital for an extra special meet-and-greet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.
During a 10-minute telephone call Friday, Panetta told Martinez—who was severely burned over more than 40 percent of his body when the Humvee he was driving for the U.S. Army in Iraq struck a land mine in 2003—that he demonstrated the strength and resilience of wounded veterans, according to Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby.
Meanwhile, the El Salvadoran-American dance champion credited his military training for his performance on ABC’s hit reality dance competition. He bested Rob Kardashian and Ricki Lake for the coveted mirror ball trophy on Tuesday.
In a letter to Martinez sent prior to the call, Panetta praised the former Army infantryman, who suffered severe burns when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2003.
“Over the course of this competition, your spirit captivated the nation and your victory sends a powerful message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors,” he said.
Details of Martinez’s meeting with Panetta are being hammered out at the moment.
Benicio del Toro could soon be headed to “space: the final frontier”…
The 44-year-old Puerto Rican actor is currently in talks to appear in the Star Trek sequel, as confirmed by the film’s director J.J. Abrams.
“Well, we’re just in negotiations, we’re in discussions,” Abrams told MTV News. “It’s not even negotiations—just in discussion. But I would love
to work with him. I’ve wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity. It’s too early to talk about what the role is, but he’s such an amazing actor. He’s so versatile. He could sort of do anything. Except play Uhura. I wouldn’t buy that.”
Abrams reportedly wants Del Toro to play a villain in the sequel to Star Trek, the critically acclaimed 2009 reboot of the Star Trek film franchise that earned a total worldwide gross of $385,494,555.
If Del Toro and Abrams can come to an agreement, he’d star opposite much of the same cast, including fellow Hispanic star Zoe Saldana, who plays Nyota Uhura.
del Toro won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award for his role as Javier Rodríguez in Traffic.
She may have starred in sitcoms likeFresh Prince of Bel Airand Love That Girl, but that doesn’t mean Tatyana Ali is afraid to play up the drama.
The 32-year-old part-Panamanian actress/singer has signed on to star in Home Again, an independent film that highlights the lives of three adults raised as outsiders from childhood.
The characters are deported from Canada, the United States and London to Jamaica—where they were born—and find they have to fight for survival in a country where family support, friends and shelter are elusive, but where ultimately hope and thehuman spirit emerges.
It may be the end of November, but Enrique Iglesias kept things sizzling at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas this Thanksgiving.
Wearing a black hoodie, black & gold military cap and jeans, the 36-year-old Spanish pop singer performed a medley of his music during the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins game, including new single “I Like How It Feels.”
It’s the 120th anniversary of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which began on the San Francisco wharf in 1891 and has spread worldwide to raise money for people in need. Last year, the campaign raised a record $142 million, mostly in small donations from holiday shoppers.
Iglesias, Pitbull and rising star Prince Royce are currently on tour throughout the United States.
Before the start of the Cowboys’ game against the Miami Dolphins, Big Time Rush’s Pena, James Maslow, Logan Henderson and Kendall Schmidt performed the national anthem to perfection at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
“It’s American’s team,” said Schmidt to MTV.com, while Maslow added, “Every American is a Cowboys fan.”
But the 22-year-old half-Dominican, half-Venezuelan Pena isn’t so sure who to root for…
“I like Miami and the Dolphins; they’re my home team,” explained Pena. “But the Cowboys gave me this job to sing the National Anthem, so, who do you go with?”
Its part of a big-time month for the stars of the hit Nickelodeon show. Not only did they recently wrap shooting their feature film Big Time Movie, they also just released their sophomore album, Elevated, this Monday.
Meantime, the group plans to take their act on the road for their “Better With U” Tour—the band’s first United States tour—in February.
Romeo Santos isn’t afraid to blend, especially if it means expanding his musical sound to reach new audiences…
The 30-year-old Dominican-American singer, who recently released his debut solo album at the top of the Billboard Latin Albums chart, says he’s hoping to partner with Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez to blend ranchera music with bachata.
During a recent press conference in Mexico, the former Aventura front man confessed that his greatest “challenge” is the ability to spread his music and share it with other artists of different genres and countries.
“I would like to collaborate with Alejandro Fernandez to be able to mix genre,” said Santos, who admits to listening to Canadian crooner Michael Buble and legendary Mexican singers Vicente Fernandez and Juan Gabriel. “It would be interesting to mix bachata with rancheras.”
Santos’ new solo album “Formula Vol. 1” already includes collaborations with well-known artists like Mexico’s Mario Domm from the group Camila; Spaniards La Mala Rodriguez and Tomati and American singers Usher, Lil Wayne and Pitbull.
Santos expressed his desire to bring his culture and music to the entire world and said he’s ready to push forward as a solo artist to “conquer” hearts in the European and Asian markets.
“My intent is to exceed expectations and conquer the public in Spain, Japan and Brazil,” said Santos, who will begin his world tour in the United States in February 2012.