Shakira Snags First Latina Singer, Speaks Spanish on 'The Voice'


Night two of The Voice premiere found Shakira snagging another singer and breaking out in her native tongue, Spanish. The night’s first singer, Tawyna Reynolds, seemed poised for a spot on Team Blake but Shak stole this one from the country star. She even busted out her “English to Country” dictionary and said, “I reckon that you want to join Team Shakira.” Reynolds went with Shak which Blake Shelton to Tweet, “I reckon @Shakira just kicked our country ass @UsherRaymondIV.”

One of the night’s best performers were Mumford & Sons-esque Midas Whales with their rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” All four judges turned around to plead their case with Shakira even exchanging pleasantries in Spanish with the Idaho natives who learned the language while living in Spain and Ecuador. Hello, subtitles! Ultimately, they went to Team Adam.

Shakira’s shining moment came when Salvadoran American singer, Cathia, sang Luis Fonsi’s “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Usher, Shakira, and Shelton turned around. But c’mon the girl is Latina AND she was singing in Spanish. Did you really think Usher and Shelton had a shot? Once Shak said, “It makes total sense that you are on my team,” it was a wrap. Yet, we can’t expect that every Latina artist ends up on Shak’s team or R&B singer with Usher. But in this case it was a match made in Latina heaven.

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked,,,, and many more. In his 16-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Bruno Mars, Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Director he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do? Follow him on Instagram @JesusTalks and Twitter @JesusTalkz.

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