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This Latina is Killing It on ‘The Voice’ and Her Immigrant Parents are There Rooting For Her

This is Ivonne Acero.

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She’s a high school student from a small town in Arizona called Aguila (population: 798).

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Acero is also the child of Mexican immigrants. She works with her parents at a local cantaloupe farm.

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And despite seeing cantaloupes all the time, she loves ’em.

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The 17-year-old says she loves cutting them in half and putting a scoop of ice cream in the middle.

Last year, Acero auditioned on season 8 of The Voice.

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Acero saved money from her cantaloupe farming gig to buy a plane ticket to New York and audition for The Voice. She got her chance to perform in front of the judges during the premiere of season 8. “If I could turn a chair, it would be life-changing,” said Acero on The Voice.

Acero’s parents watched closely as their daughter sung “Try” by Colbie Caillat.

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But none of the judges turned for Acero.

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Pharrell noted that Acero’s shy demeanor affected her performance.

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“Let that microphone go… let it go,” said Pharrell, who added:

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Acero took their advice and auditioned again this season.

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And within 10 seconds, two judges turned for her.

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Acero’s family went crazy.

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Especially her father, who couldn’t hold back his tears.

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Of course, Acero chose Team Pharrell.

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In the following “battle round,” Acero lost to Siahna Im. But she was given a second chance.

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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton both tried to “steal” Acero, who eventually chose to join Team Blake.

Being saved by another coach did wonders for her confidence. The following week, Acero was wowing guest coach Rihanna during rehearsals:

After a bit of coaching from Shelton and Rihanna, Acero won her “knockout round” with a gripping performance of Katy Perry’s “Part of Me.”

After her breakout performance, Acero politely asked fans not to compare her to a certain Latina TV character:

Acero will continue her quest to win this season of The Voice, and you can bet her parents will be along for the ride:

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The Premios Juventud 2020 Line Up Is Going To Be The Perfect Escape From Our Collective Reality

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The Premios Juventud 2020 Line Up Is Going To Be The Perfect Escape From Our Collective Reality

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Premios Juventud 2020 is not going virtual, like most other major events. Instead, the awards show is going to be held in-person but with a virtual audience. Here’s who you can expect to take the stage this year.

The Premios Juventud 2020 is going on as planned, just with a virtual audience.

The awards show is celebrating its 20th year this year and the show is going on. The show is being aired from Miami, one of the worst-hit areas in the country for Covid-19, but the show promises to follow all safety standards based on local health guidelines. Here are some of the people you can expect to perform.

Natanael Cana

Cana will be giving corridos tumbados some massive exposure at the awards show. The genre of music is an exciting mix of corridos with trap and urban influences. The sound is something else and fans are excited to see the genre given some love on the stage.

CNCO

The boy band CNCO has become a beloved addition to Latin music. The group was formed after the first season of “La Banda,” a music competition show looking for the hottest new sound. Safe to say that the show’s judges did a good job putting this group together.

Rafa Pabön

Pabön is a major voice of Conciencia Collective and Black Lives Matter. The musician released a song called “Sine Aire” after the George Floyd protests that brought Black Lives Matter to the forefront of American culture. Conciencia Collective hosts weekly talks with We Are Mitú promoting advocacy in the music industry.

And, of course, host Sebastián Yatra.

Yatra will be joined on stage with Danna Paola to perform their duet “No Bailes Sola.” The awards show will definitely be a nice escape from our collective Covid reality. There might not be any fans at the show but the performers are all ready to give a great show to the virtual audience.

READ: A Growing Number Of Celebs Have Tested Positive For Covid-19, Reminding Us All We’re Still In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Taylor Swift Gave Kobe Bryant’s Daughter A Special Gift From Her ‘Folklore’ Music Video And It’s A Reminder That He Was A Big Fan Too

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Taylor Swift Gave Kobe Bryant’s Daughter A Special Gift From Her ‘Folklore’ Music Video And It’s A Reminder That He Was A Big Fan Too

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In her latest music video for “Cardigan”, Taylor Swift wore a cream cable-knit sweater that had gray stars on the elbows. Soon after she revealed that she was selling copies of the sweater on her website, fans went crazy. As part of the promotion for her new album “Folklore” Swift has been sending out replicas of the sweater to celebrities like Jennifer Hudson to promote its release. The album launched last Friday and has already sold more than 1.3 million copies worldwide according to Variety.

And while the replica cardigans might be selling fast, Swift made sure to send a very special one to Kobe Bryant’s eldest daughter Natalia.

Swift gave Natalia a replica of the cardigan she wore in the music video.

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“Thank you SO much @taylorswift,” Natalia wrote in a post to her Instagram story over the weekend with a photo of her wearing the cardigan. “I am OBSESSED with ‘folklore’!!!”

The Bryants have long been supporters of Swift over the years.

Kobe Bryant joined Swift onstage during two of her Staples Center performances. Once for her “1989” tour in 2015 and another time in 2018. Back when the singer went on her “Reputation” tour, she posed alongside the Bryants including (Kobe’s late daughter Gigi) backstage.

“My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy,” Swift wrote in response to the crash that killed Bryant in January. “Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight.”