Trailer Released for Telemundo’s “El Secreto de Selena,” Starring Maya Zapata

The secret’s out for Maya Zapata

Telemundo has released the first trailer for the new series El Secreto de Selena, starring the 37-year-old Mexican actress as the slain Mexican American singer Selena Quintanilla, aka La Reina de la Musica Tejana.


The story is an adaptation of the book also titled El Secreto de Selenawritten by Telemundo journalist Maria Celeste Arrarás and published in 1997.

The one-minute clip shows a ring falling to the ground and revisits the moment Arrarás goes on-air to announce the death of Selena. Then, the trailer shows fragments of scenes from the trial of Yolanda Saldivar(Selena’s convicted murderer) and showcases Saldivar’s behavior during different key moments, ranging from Selena’s wedding to Chris Perezto heavy discussions with the late singer.

In addition to Zapata, the series also stars Damayanti QuintanarSofía LamaJorge ZárateBaltimore Beltrán and Bárbara González.

Arrarás participated co-executive-produced the series with Fernando BarbosaLuis BalaguerLeonardo Aranguibel and Francisco Cordero

The series was produced by Buena Vista Original ProductionsMoconocoLatinWE and BTF Media.

El Secreto de Selena is set to premiere on Sunday, August 25, on Telemundo.

Kacey Musgraves Latest Artist to Cover Selena’s Iconic Hit “Como La Flor”

Selena Quintanilla’s legacy lives on through her music, which continues to be performed by some unlikely artists…

Country singer Kacey Musgraves, who picked up four Grammys this year, including Album of the Year, surprised her fans with a cover of Selena’s “Como La Flor” at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Monday night.

Kacey Musgraves Selena Quintanilla Como La Flor RodeoHouston

Donning bell bottoms, her signature big hair and some serious Spanish-speaking skills, Musgraves’ performance hit close to home; Selena’s iconic concert, during which she wore a sparkly purple jumpsuit and red lipstick, took place at the Astrodome 24 years ago.

The February 26, 1995 show marked Selena’s third, and final, RodeoHouston appearance.

Selena gave her final live performance on February 26th, 1995, at the Houston Astrodome with nearly 67,000 in attendance. A live recording of the show (Live! The Last Concert) concludes with “Como la Flor,” which had been a massive hit for Selena (credited to Selena y Los Dinos) in 1992. One month after the Houston performance, she was murdered by her former fan club president Yolanda Saldívar. Her impact is still being felt nearly a quarter century later — in Musgraves’ performance, the awed Houston crowd sings along with a mix of reverent emotion and enthusiastic glee.

Selena’s sister approved of Musgraves’ tribute.

“Awww this makes me wanna shed a tear! Takes me back,” she wrote on Instagram. “A Big Big Thank you @spaceykacey for the love at the Houston Rodeo tonite with that SELENA Y LOS DINOSJam!”

Perez Releases Book About His Relationship with Selena

Nearly 17 years after Selena’s death,  her widowed husband Chris Pérez  is opening up about his love for La Reina de la Musica Tejana.

The 42-year-old Mexican-American guitarist—who first met Selena as a teenager when he was hired as a guitarist for her band, Los Dinos—has released a book entitled Para Selena con Amor.

Chris Perez & Selena
Published simultaneously in Spanish and English, the book is a love story told from Pérez ’s point of view, “written in a way that expresses the dignity of the person I loved so much and who was my wife,” says Pérez .

“What I tell is the truth about what we felt as two young people in love, the way young people today feel about things as they walk around holding hands,” he said.

Selena—born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson—was gunned down by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club, on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi.

Selena, With Love
“My book isn’t focused on the horror of her death – many years have passed and today I feel it is at last time to write about all we felt, things I simply couldn’t talk about or write about before,” said Pérez , who married Selena on April 2, 1992 in Nueces County, Texas, when she was 20, despite her father’s disapproval of their relationship.

Pérez—who went on to launch the Chris Pérez Band—and his band won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album at the 2000 Grammy Awards for the band’s album Resurrection. In the album, Pérez dedicated the song, “Best I Can” to his deceased wife.