Crushing On: Boys of Summer Special

Thanks to these scorching Latinos from the worlds of music, movies, television and beyond, there’s no shortage of talent to swoon over this summer. Now would be a good time to crank up the AC!

1. Crush Daddy yankee

The Readers Choice

NAME: Daddy Yankee

AGE: 34

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!


2. Crush Enrique Iglesias

The Pop Star

NAME: Enrique Iglesias

AGE: 36

ROOTS: Spanish

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.


3. Crush Eduardo Cruz

The Young Lover

NAME: Eduardo Cruz

AGE: 25

ROOTS: Spanish

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!


4. Crush Tyler Posey

The Teen Idol

NAME: Tyler Posey

AGE: 19

ROOTS: Part-Mexican

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.


5. Crush Jencarlos Canela

The Telenovela Star

NAME: Jencarlos Canela

AGE: 23

ROOTS: Cuban

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!


6. Crush Ricky Martin

The Classic

NAME: Ricky Martin

AGE: 39

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!


7. Crush Laz Alonso

The New Denzel

NAME: Laz Alonso

AGE: 37

ROOTS: Afro-Cuban

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.


8. Crush Ramon Rodriquez

The Eye Candy

NAME: Ramon Rodriguez

AGE: 31

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!


9. Crush Gerard Piqué

The Baller

NAME: Gerard Piqué

AGE: 24

ROOTS: Spanish

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!


10. Crush Edgar Ramirez

The Next A-Lister

NAME: Edgar Ramirez

AGE: 34

ROOTS: Venezuelan

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.


11. Crush Prince Royce

The Bachata Babe

NAME: Prince Royce

AGE: 22

ROOTS: Dominican

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!

12. Crush Juanes

The King of All Media

NAME: Juanes

AGE: 38

ROOTS: Colombian

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!

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