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The Readers Choice
NAME: Daddy Yankee
ROOTS: Puerto Rican
We Asked, You Voted!
Our Latina.com readers picked their ultimate summer crush. Congrats to winner Daddy Yankee, who beat out Javier Bardem, Nacho Figueras and Mario Lopez!
The Pop Star
NAME: Enrique Iglesias
WHY WE CRUSH: We’re usually distracted by the rumors of his personal life (is he or is he not with Anna?), but this year Iglesias reminded us that he can still snatch headlines for his music: The Miami-born hottie burned up the charts with simultaneous number one songs on Billboard’s Radio Songs chart (“Tonight [I’m Lovin’ You],” featuring Ludacris) and Latin Songs chart (“No Me Digas Que No,” featuring Wisin & Yandel) off his ninth studio album, Euphoria. And though he and Britney aren’t touring together this summer, Iglesias has already embarked on his own sold-out tour around the world in 2011.
The Young Lover
NAME: Eduardo Cruz
WHY WE CRUSH: The world knows him as Penélope’s hot younger brother and Eva Longoria’s boy toy, but did you know Eduardo Cruz is a singer and songwriter too? The dreamy Spaniard already has an album (Cosas Que Contar) and a controversial music video (featuring his Oscar-winning sister making out with another woman!) under his belt. If his new relationship doesn’t inspire him, we’d be happy to give Eduardo some material for his next love song!
The Teen Idol
NAME: Tyler Posey
WHY WE CRUSH: Posey stole the show as Jennifer Lopez’s precocious 10-year-old son in Maid in Manhattan (2002), but this child prodigy is all grown up and ready to snatch tween hearts as the lead in the new MTV series Teen Wolf, premiering June 5.
The Telenovela Star
NAME: Jencarlos Canela
WHY WE CRUSH: Tall, dark and handsome not your thing? Then pay no mind to this Miami-born actor/singer, who continues to seduce us via telenovelas like Mi Corazón Insiste, which premieres in 2011 on Telemundo. Our hearts insist we get a dose of this hunk nightly!
NAME: Ricky Martin
ROOTS: Puerto Rican
WHY WE CRUSH: We don’t know how he does it, but Ricky somehow looks younger and hotter every day. This spring, he released his sixth Spanish-language album, Musica + Alma + Sexo, and kicked off his world tour with three epic shows in his native San Juan. Clearly, someone still knows how to shake his bon-bon!
The New Denzel
NAME: Laz Alonso
WHY WE CRUSH: His smile could melt ice, but Alonso is more than just a pretty face. The Howard University graduate worked as an investment banker on Wall Street before transitioning to a successful acting career. After a decade of working his way up in supporting roles, Alonso finally gets the leading-man treatment in the romantic comedy Jumping the Broom, opening May 6.
The Eye Candy
NAME: Ramon Rodriguez
ROOTS: Puerto Rican
WHY WE CRUSH: This curly-haired hunk is the only reason we sat through Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and now Rodriguez is poised to break hearts in primetime as a modern Bosley in ABC’s upcoming reboot of Charlie’s Angels. To top it off: He’s an amazing salsa dancer, as an Abakuá Afro-Latin Dance Company alum!
NAME: Gerard Piqué
WHY WE CRUSH: He helped lead his team to World Cup glory last summer and started dating Latin America’s most eligible bachelorette, Shakira, shortly after. This spring, the blue-eyed soccer champ’s hotness went mass-market when he started modeling for Spanish clothing brand Mango. We’re crossing our fingers for an underwear campaign next!
The Next A-Lister
NAME: Edgar Ramirez
WHY WE CRUSH: We can’t decide what’s sexier about Ramirez—his looks or his serious acting chops. After stealing scenes in The Bourne Ultimatum and Che, and snagging a Golden Globe nod for his performance as international terrorist Carlos the Jackal in 2010's Carlos, Ramirez is taking on the role he was born to play: a Greek god (of war) in next spring’s Wrath of the Titans.
The Bachata Babe
NAME: Prince Royce
WHY WE CRUSH: We know Royce has been nursing a broken heart over his unrequited crush on a certain Latina Disney starlet (you know who you are, Ms. Gomez!), but going platinum with his self-titled album in 2010 probably eased his pain. Looks like Aventura’s Romeo, who’s releasing his solo album this fall, has some competition!
The King of All Media
WHY WE CRUSH: He gave social media language lessons by hitting over 2 million followers on Twitter—a record for a Latino artist singing in Spanish—and was the subject of the first-ever “Facebook Live” interview session conducted en español. Winning!