Awards shows have forever ago captured my interest, and “Premio Lo Nuestro” is no exception. With more Latino eye candy than is safe indulging in one night and back-to-back appearances by three of my all-time favorites, the only thing missing for the program to achieve awesomest-awards-show-ever status was an appearance by Lusimi.
Of all the surprises during Thursday night’s Premio Lo Nuestro 2012, there was a segment of about 20 minutes in which I nearly had a heart attack. I had a vague idea who was going to be present, so I was totally taken aback (the audience went crazy too) when my platonic love Enrique Iglesias took stage to give an award to Hispanic TV legend Don Francisco and later to receive an award for Pop Male Artist of the Year. Enrique’s multiple-grey-tone ensemble made his olive skin look even tastier and its sophisticated-casual vibe made him even more wanted (Hey, a girl can dream!) than when he performs in usually super casual getups.
Minutes later, mi “Chica Dorada” and favorite female artist, Paulina Rubio, captured the spotlight, sharing some of it with Regional Mexican-music superstar and sweetheart Espinoza Paz. The dynamic duo interpreted their composition, “Me Voy,” from her latest album, “Brava,” to perfection. In the little time I dedicate to TV, I never once heard Pau’s performance promoted before the show. Como quiera, no lograron opacarla. Go Pau!
Shortly after, it was time for a female artist I’ve admired for decades, Alejandra Guzman, alongside one of my fave bands, Moderatto. Their performance of “Día de Suerte” was the icing to Ale’s energetic acceptance speech earlier in the evening for the Song of the Year award in the Alternative Rock category. Considering her performance was subsequent to Paulina’s, it made me wonder if the two had run into each other backstage, igniting in Alejandra’s mind her anthem against Pau, “Guera.”
The only artist missing to complete my list of top-four music idols was Luis Miguel, but the night was full of other eye candy to devour without guilt.
I really enjoyed the choreography and electronica touch in Chino y Nacho’s “El Poeta.” Even though Nacho got stuck on a harness the majority of the song, I must say Chino (suddenly handsome to me) did a mighty fine job of keeping me entertained with his slick moves.
Then there was a Mira Quien Baila-like, nostalgic moment, when Luis Fonsi, who’s usually behind a guitar, hit the stage in a black-leather-pants-and-vest getup, revealing bare muscular arms that mesmerized me while he sang and actually danced to a very decent cover of “Claridad,” originally popularized by boy band Menudo in the 80s. With fellow boricuas Ricky Martin and Chayanne being the best of dancers, I guess rhythm was to be expected from Fonsi. Note to self: Hurry up and plan a trip to La Isla del Encanto — maybe that’s where a papasito awaits to enchant you.
And last but not least, while Prince Royce widened his place in my heart with his maturing good looks and velvet voice, there was one performer who seduced the night: Romeo Santos. Sorry, Enrique, you’re still my No. 1, but Romeo sure made it difficult to be loyal to you! I was sitting there complaining that co-host Jacqueline Bracamontes didn’t feel the need to name him, simply introducing him as “El Rey de Bachata”; a friend watching the show with me had to let me in on who that was. Not even Alejandra is presented as just “La Reina del Rock.” I mean, I was just saying, but I was speechless as soon as I got a glimpse of the brown-sugar-and-honey-skin babe con sus pelos parados. In one word: Yummy!
My eyes were already in major Thanksgiving-feast mode as Romeo crooned “Mi Santa,” and then he takes of his frickin’ jacket. That was some serious eye candy, Romeo. You had me at “Yo.”