Jennifer PeÃ±a, Tejano and Latin pop singer have been announced as one of the celebrity contenders on âAsi Se Bailaâ, a new dance competition on Telemundo. She will be accompanied by her husband and singer Obie Bermudez.
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Jennifer PeÃ±a released her last album, “Dicen Que El Tiempo”, in 2007. Since then she has only made sporadic public appearances, including a tribute to Michael Jackson in 2015 and a Canelo Alvarez fight in May for sing the national anthem.
But PeÃ±a, who recorded a string of tejano and Latin pop hits, is back in the spotlight. She joins her husband and singer Obie Bermudez as one of the celebrity couples on âAsi Se Bailaâ, a dance competition presented on September 12 on Telemundo.
The San Antonio native says it’s “like riding a bike, baby.”
âI’ve been doing it all my life. Being in front of the camera is what I do, âsays PeÃ±a.
Husband and wife both swear to give her ‘el mil porciento’ (one thousand percent) and say dancing on television has long been on their wish lists.
âI think it’s always something that when we see it on TV we’re like,â PeÃ±a and Bermudez end the sentence together. “Wouldn’t that be cool?” “
Bermudez, who topped the charts with “Antes” and “Todo el AÃ±o”, was first approached to appear on the show. He loved the idea and introduced it to PeÃ±a, who quickly agreed. It was then a question of developing family logistics. The couple, who married in 2007 in Texas, have five children, including one born last year. They both attribute to the network meeting their needs as a family.
âTelemundo put wipes in our closet! Bermudez, 40, said with genuine excitement.
âFor real, it’s huge for us. It’s like, ‘Ay, me galaron el corazon con eso’, âadds 37-year-old PeÃ±a, noting that the network has won her heart in Spanish.
âAsÃ Se Bailaâ will feature ten celebrity couples performing Latin dances for a trio of judges, including TV host Adamari LÃ³pez, actor Cristian de la Fuente and actress / singer Mariana Seoane. Audiences will also vote for their favorite pair during the two-hour show. Other celebrities competing include actress Elyfer Torres (“Betty in NY”); Lorenzo Mendez, singer of La Original Banda El LimÃ³n; and Samadhi Zendejas, who played Jenni Rivera in the series “Mariposa De Barrio”.
PeÃ±a is arguably the biggest name in programming. Early in her career, she was nicknamed Selena’s heiress. It was directed by Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, and performed Tejano’s music as Jennifer y Los Jetz. She survived these unfair comparisons and moved on to pop music. His biggest hits were dramatic ballads, including “El Dolor de Tu Presencia,” a song that spent two months at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. She recorded the 2002 World Cup anthem “Vamos al Mundial” and starred in the 2006 MTV film “All You’ve Got” with Ciara and Adrienne Bailon. PeÃ±a performed at RodeoHouston in 2004 and released a live album from the concert.
At the time, the young singer seemed ready for an English-speaking crossover. But she took a break to focus on her family and started singing in church. Fans, however, have kept PeÃ±a close to their hearts. She joined TikTok last year, and they came in droves to watch her sing songs from “The Little Mermaid” and “The Greatest Showman”, dance while she was (very pregnant) and revisit her own. tubes. A 53-second TikTok by PeÃ±a singing her 2000 hit “Si Tu Te Vas” racked up over a million views.
PeÃ±a has teary eyes as she talks about the love she’s felt on social media and Bermudez’s constant support, “who energizes me every day, encourages me and pushes me forward and compliments me. always and tell me how awesome I am. “
âI felt so much love, so much support from the fans who have been following me since day one. It’s really amazing to watch,â she said. âYou tend to forget that, and I ‘maybe have a little. “
PeÃ±a says that the renewed interest and preparation for the dance competition âdefinitely ignitedâ something in her, a spark that inevitably brings back to the music. She and Bermudez have been working on new songs and hope to release a single together by the end of the year. They plan to follow that up next year with live performances and the Nuestra Nota Tour, named after the virtual acoustic ensemble they performed from home earlier this year.
But now it’s time to go back to class.
âI didn’t think I could dance. I am a shy person. But there is something about being next to Jennifer that always makes me better. I dare to do stuff, and it’s the truth. I feel like we support each other, âsays Bermudez.
PeÃ±a’s face lights up with a smile and she snuggles into his arm.
âAt the end of the day, we have the same goal,â she says. “We are one.”