Latin Night on Dancing With the Stars wasn’t without its cheesy clichés (sombreros, fruit stands, and piñatas) but one thing more genuine than Jacoby Jones’ salsa was Juanes. The Colombian sensation made history last night as the first Latin artist to perform two songs entirely in Spanish—“La Camisa Negra” and a new number called “Cumbia Sexy”—on the insanely popular show.
The multi Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning artist, who recently released a memoir in English and Spanish called Chasing the Sun (Persiguiendo el Sol), set the tone for the remaining seven pairs to dance the rhumba, samba, and salsa. Lots of hip action and men in Latin Lover mode was had as the rockero flirted with dancers and sent fans into a frenzy.
In the end, Kellie Pickler earned immunity, Aly Raisman and Zendaya won their dance offs, and Juanes kicked off his crossover into the English-language market. The singer, who starts the U.S. leg of his highly-anticipated “Loud & Unplugged” tour on May 17, is starting to appeal to a wider audience.
“This is really the start of being on American shows, but with the idea of singing in Spanish,” Juanes told Billboard of his DWTS debut. “I'm pleased and thankful that these opportunities are coming up. It makes me proud of being Latino and Colombian.”
While Juanes doesn't plan to release an album entirely in English any time soon, he did say his next album (slated for end of 2013 or early 2014) may include a couple tracks in English.
Check out his DWTS performance below: