Gomez’s Swift Duet

Selena Gomez may be in the middle of her own “We Own The Night” tour, but that didn’t stop her from making a special appearance at best friend’s own concert.

The 19-year-old half-Mexican singer/actress joined Taylor Swift on stage at her sold-out show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden—the last stop on the country superstar’s worldwide “Speak Now” tour.

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Swift invited Gomez to perform their first-ever duet together. While the crowd went absolutely wild, Swift and her “best friend” Gomez, performed a live rendition of Gomez’s hit “Who Says?

When Gomez returned to the stage sometime later for a final bow, she’d changed out of her sparkly black mini-dress and was wearing a Taylor Swift tour t-shirt!

Orrantia’s Lakoda Rayne Shines on The X Factor

There’s only one Hispanic contestant on Fox’s The X Factor… And, she’s still in the running to win the Simon Cowell-produced singing competition.

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During last night’s let’s-give-thanks episode—where the nine remaining acts dedicated their songs to the people who’ve made a difference in their lives—17-year-old Hayley Orrantia gave thanks to her father, who gave up his dreams of opening a restaurant to support her singing aspirations.

The part-Mexican singer—part of the all-girl group Lakoda Rayne—and her fellow band mates performed Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” and received positive feedback from the judges. The group’s mentor, Paula Abdul, visibly wept and called their performance “fabulous” and added, ”You’ve proven to me that the sky is the limit!”

But will it be enough to keep Lakoda Rayne in the competition, especially with two acts going home this week?

Find out and catch a special performance by part-Puerto Rican crooner Bruno Mars on tonight’s results show on Fox at 8:00 pm ET.

Martinez Claims Dancing with the Stars Title

Despite a late perfect-score challenge from Rob Kardashian in the last two nights of performances, J.R. Martinez has become the first Hispanic American to win the coveted mirror ball trophy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

“Thank you America for believing in us,” the 28-year-old Iraq-war-vet-turned-actor said before turning to his partner Karina Smirnoff,  adding: “You are amazing and I’m so grateful that I was able to be a part of your first mirror ball trophy!”

J.R. Martinez wins Dancing with the Stars

Throughout the 10-week competition, Martinez was one of the show’s frontrunners. The El Salvadoran-American actor continually wowed the judges and overcame an injured ankle in the final weeks to claim the title in the show’s 13th edition. His grit, determination and sheer dancing talent inspired viewers, and even led to a cover story in People magazine.

During the grand finale, Martinez, Kardashian and Ricki Lake had to reprise their favorite dances of the season. Those scores were then combined with Monday night’s totals and all the votes from the viewing audience. Despite earning the highest marks after that round, Lake was knocked out of the running and had to settle for third place.

Then, the final two dancers – Kardashian and Martinez –performed an instant samba to music selected for them during the show. They both earned perfect scores of 30 points, and Kardashian led Martinez by the slimmest of leads — with 113 points to 112 after four rounds of dancing in the two-night finale.

But after combining Monday night’s scores with the scores from Tuesday’s performances and the public voting, Martinez was the competitor with the highest combination of judges’ and viewers’ scores.

Garcia’s Ariel Adventure?

Once Upon A Time’s Lana Parrilla could soon be sharing screen time with fellow Latina actress Joanna Garcia.

The 32-year-old half-Cuban-American actress could reportedly make guest-star on ABC’s new hit series, playing The Little Mermaid.

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During the American Music Awards, Once Upon A Time’s Jennifer Morrison told E! Online producers of Garcia’s possible involvement on the show.

“They are after Joanna Garcia for one of the roles, which would be amazing,” revealed Morrison

While Morrison didn’t specify which role the “Gossip Girl” and “Reba” star would fill, PerezHilton.com is reporting that she’ll play The Little Mermaid’s Ariel in a yet-to-be determined episode.

Once Upon A Time—which has already featured Snow White and Cinderella—is ABC’s breakout hit of the season.

Austin’s Post-Wizards of Waverly Place Plans

Don’t expect to see the last of Jake T. Austin when filming wraps on the fourth and final season of Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

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Along with putting his best face forward and looking all grown up in this month’s issue of Paper magazine ,  the 16-year-old half-Latino actor is also preparing to hit the big screen in a highly-anticipated holiday film.

Next month, he’ll appear in Garry Marshall‘s latest film, New Year’s Eve, where he’ll share scenes with Sarah Jessica Parker. He’ll even share his first-ever on-screen kisses with Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin.

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The soon-to-be-17-year-old Austin, who has also starred in The Perfect Game and RIO, will appear as Huckleberry Finn in 2013’s Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry FinnHe’ll also serve as KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball pre-show host this year.

 

Click here to read his interview with Paper magazine and see more images from his cover shoot.

Martinez’s Fantastic Freestyle Dance on DWTS…

J.R. Martinez may have faltered slightly during his first dance in last night’s Dancing with the Stars finale, but he harnessed his Latino power to reach perfection in his freestyle routine…

The 28-year-old wounded-Iraq-veteran and All My Children star and his dance partner Karina Smirnoff shook their bon bons to a salsafied version of Kat DeLuna‘s hit song “Whine Up.”

J.R. Martinez Dancing with the Stars Final Freestyle Dance

“In the freestyle, Karina and I decided to do a salsa-inspired routine because of the fact that I am Latin,” said Martinez.

The routine featured several flashy tricks from the El Salvadoran-American dancing sensation and his partner, including elaborate twists and turns. Their biggest risk: a dangerous neck straddle!

“Karina wanted to do this lift where I hook my leg to her neck. She’s had surgery on her neck before and I just think it’s too dangerous.”

The “go big or go home” mentality paid off, as Martinez and Smirnoff earned a perfect score of 30.

Unfortunately, the dancing duo’s cha-cha to Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud” earned a shockingly low 24, which Martinez blamed on the ankle injury the suffered last week.

”I was too soon in my steps and I think I panicked because I did roll my ankle in my shoe. I just went and took a step too quick,” said Martinez. “The cha-cha was something I was doing well all week. I had it, but I was off and I found myself one step ahead of her. I knew I was going to be penalized for that.”

Martinez and fellow finalist Ricki Lake are tied for second place going into tonight’s show, three points behind leader Rob Kardashian.

López Sashays Her Way to the Mira Quién Baila Crown…

Should telenovela superstar Adamari López quit acting one day, she could easily take up ballroom dancing.

During last night’s grand finale of Mira Quién Baila, the 40-year-old Puerto Rican actress took home the crown on Univision’s celebrity dancing competition.

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“I think I danced with my heart,” López said.

After coming in ahead of the competition, López’s face was all-aglow during a post-victory interview AOL Latino.

“I would scream again but I screamed earlier and I think there are others doing interviews right now so I can’t scream, but I am so happy and very excited,” the Amigas y Rivales actress. “I am very appreciative of the public of their votes.”

López reportedly received two million votes to clinch the title.

During her interview with AOL Latino, the breast cancer survivor talked about her selected charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a foundation that fights against breast cancer. The organization will receive López’ grand prize earnings.

López danced her way past singer Priscila Angel and Puerto Rican actor Erik Estrada, who placed third place.

Mars Rains Down on The X Factor…

There’s no “raining” on Bruno Mars’ parade…

The half-Puerto Rican singer—who was just named favorite pop/rock male artist at this year’s American Music Awards—will be appearing on Fox’s The X Factor.

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Mars will take the stage during the singing competition’s results to perform his latest single “It Will Rain,” which appears on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I soundtrack.

Since it’s online premiere, Mars’ “It Will Rain” video has been watched more than eight million times. And, the single is currently No. 2 on the iTunes Singles chart.

X Factor‘s results show will take place on a special night — Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 8 pm ET.

Finalists will face a double elimination on the live show leaving only seven acts left in the competition.

First Look: Prince Royce’s “Addicted” Video

Prince Royce conquered the Latin music world in record time, even becoming this year’s only Latin musician in the United States to go triple platinum this year. And, now has started his mission for an English-language crossover.

Earlier this year, the 22-year-old Dominican-American singer/songwriter released the first single from his English-language album. And, now Royce has released the official video for “Addicted.”

Prince Royce Addicted Video

The understated clip for the sweet ballad features in-studio recording video of the Bronx-native—who had the opportunity to reach a new English-language audience while participating in Enrique Iglesias’ “Euphoria” tour with the Spanish singing sensation and rap superstar Pitbull—including close-up shots of Royce singing the romantic lyrics at the microphone, as well as images of the string section providing the emotional backing to the song.

Additionally, the video features a few non-studio shots of  Royce playing guitar outside and walking along the beach.

Royce’s first English language album is due sometime next year.

Meet Caesar Rivera: Rosie’s PA-Turned-Show-Stealer

Rosie O’Donnell better watch out! She’s facing some stiff competition in the talk show department at the OWN network… And, it’s coming from inside the elevator.

Meet Caesar Rivera, a production assistant on O’Donnell’s The Rosie Show.

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Rivera, who studied film & video production at Columbia College Chicago, has transformed an elevator at Harpo Studios into the set of his very own talk show.

He’s even created his own logo, interview cards and mug for his cleverly titled show, Up & Down with Caesar. And he’s already scored some big name guests, including Andy Dick, Tracy Morgan and Leisha Hailey.

So what’s Rivera’s method of preparing for his next elevator confessional? “Doing nothing and expecting something!”

It looks like Rivera’s career is headed up, up and away… to the top floor.