‘American Idol’ judge Jennifer Lopez had a difficult time letting go on Wednesday night’s show. Chris Medina was a favorite to go on and was cut from the show. Watch the video of Lopez having a hard time telling Medina he was cut.
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His name is Chuck Norris, Texas Ranger. On Thursday, ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ actor Chuck Norris was designated honorary Texas Ranger by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Awesome! What took so long? Norris’ younger brother, 59-year-old stunt coordinator and producer Aaron Norris, also became an honorary Ranger.
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I thnk this was the best kept secret in Hollywood. Sandra Bullock and her newly adopted baby boy. I was surprised when I read this.
In public, Sandra Bullock has been through the best and worst of times this year – from winning her first Oscar to enduring the breakup of her marriage. In private, she was quietly keeping a joyful secret – his name is Louis, and he is her newborn son.
“He’s just perfect, I can’t even describe him any other way,” Bullock reveals exclusively in the new issue of PEOPLE, announcing that she is the proud mother of Louis Bardo Bullock, a 3½-month-old boy, born in New Orleans. “It’s like he’s always been a part of our lives.”
Nickelodeon’s 2010 Kids Choice Awards. Check out the gallery 2
Nickelodeon’s 2010 Kids Choice Awards. Check out the gallery
It’s been 15 years since she passed and many will continue to remember the Queen of Tejano music Selena Quintanilla Perez. On March 31, 1995 she was shot and killed by her fan club president Yolanda Saldivar.
That day remains fresh in my mind and I’m sure it does in many of yours. What is your favorite song? What do you remember, like about Selena? Leave your comments.
Fifteen years after her passing, Selena lives on through her music and the stories behind it.
And most fans have specific reasons for loving her lyrics, some of which are as emotionally complex as the actual music. Now on the 15th anniversary of her death, several of Selena’s friends, fans and collaborators share these stories.
JAMES ECHAVARRIA, also known as ROCK N’ ROLL JAMES
NANO RAMIREZNano Ramirez and his family have a long history with tejano music in Texas. For 40 years his family ran a record label. These days, Ramirez works as one of the Valley’s busiest music promoters. Ramirez also owned La Villa Real, a now-closed concert venue, which hosted mega stars from tejano legends to Snoop Dogg. The venue also featured Selena concerts every three or four months during the peak of her fame. He remembers Selena’s popularity seemed to grow rapidly. He first booked Selena in the Valley on an Easter Sunday, and he was disappointed when she drew a crowd of only 800 people. Those 800, however, spoke highly of the show and spread the word. When he booked her again a few months later, the show sold out, and about 2,500 people packed the venue. In 1995, the Tejano Music Awards asked Ramirez and Carlos Guzman to present the honor for entertainer of the year. Selena won the award, a few months before her death. Ramirez says his favorite Selena song is “Como La Flor,” because that is the one he most closely associates with her. He remembers the crowd reaction when she would play the song. People would dance and sing along. “Some superstars have that special mystique that you’re born with,” Ramirez says. “Selena is one of those people that has that magical touch. Juan Gabriel, Elton John, The Beatles, Michael Jackson — those bands that stand out, they have something to them. Something that attracts the populus. Selena was one of them. Her smile. Her charisma. She was a happy go lucky girl and she loved performing. “In person, she was probably one of the most beautiful female entertainers.”
GILBERT THOMAS COLUNGA
Colunga pulled his car over when he heard a radio station report Selena’s death on March 31, 1995. He was driving from his home in Harlingen to the University of Texas-Pan American, where he was a student. Selena had died from a gunshot wound. He was stunned. About six weeks earlier, Colunga had watched her perform at La Villa Real, and the concert was a dream come true for him. He had watched Selena’s live show several times in his life, often feeling envious of the fans she picked out of the crowd to join her on stage. At her final Valley performance, she pulled Colunga on stage to dance and sing during “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” Colunga says 15 years later, the song holds a special meaning for him. When he hears it, he remembers dancing on stage and giving Selena a hug and kiss when the song ended. He even wrote a letter to the University of Texas-Pan American’s student newspaper after her death, detailing his experience at the concert. They printed it, and Colunga still has a copy. “I probably walked around with that newspaper in my backpack at Pan Am for a year after that,” he says. “Everybody has their own little memories, and for me, that was my memory of her.”
Bocanegra has worked in Valley schools for 25 years, and he plans to retire this year.He remembers Selena’s death as one of the most devastating blows for Valley music fans. “She was just finding her niche, and then she was taken away unfortunately,” he says. “It was a cruel twist of fate that befell not only her but the entire tejano industry. She would have been a great ambassador for the tejano industry and the Hispanic community.” Bocanegra’s favorite Selena song is “No Me Queda Mas.” He says the tune showcases her versatility and growth as an artist – growth that was stunted by her untimely passing. “She had grown from being a little girl to a true singer and entertainer,” he says. “She was on the verge of breaking into the national scene.”
Ilyssa Saenz has wanted to be like Selena since she was 3 years old. Earlier this year, she got her wish. Television network Univision challenged viewers to do their best Selena impression. They held a contest, and invited young women to send videotapes of themselves dressed as Selena as they sang her music. Saenz, a 19-year-old Hebbronville native who currently attends the University of Texas-Pan American, jumped at the chance. She sent a videotape of herself singing “No Me Queda Mas,” which is her favorite Selena song. Saenz loves the passion and the feeling in the song, and the contest judges thought she captured it well. They selected her to participate in the finals in Miami.At a televised competition, Saenz bested four other girls to win the $10,000 prize and the honor of being the best Selena impersonator. The victory has brought her more opportunities as well.Organizers for the Tejano Fan Fair in San Antonio invited her to perform at the event during the weekend of March 19. But Saenz says the memories from the contest were the greatest prize – especially for a life-long Selena fan such as herself.”You could tell everybody did it out of the love they had for Selena,” she says. “Nobody was ever in a bad mood. There was a certain type of energy that made it that much more amazing.”