Which is better: The new video with Juanes or JuanGa's classic candelabra-lit clip from 1984?
A video capturing the making of the new recording of Juan Gabriel's "Querida" by the famously flamboyant Mexican singer and Juanes arrived Tuesday (Jan. 13). It's fabulous -- but is it as good as the classic "Querida" clip from 1984?
The new video features footage of symphony strings, a grooving brass section and soulful backup vocalists, along with a throwaway suggestion of a heartbreakingly romantic storyline. What's really fabulous is the footage of JuanGa and Juanes singing together.
Juanes plays straight man to the effusive Gabriel, who wears his signature silk scarf around his neck and sings with such emotion it looks like he's about to ruin his eye makeup with tears. Juanes starts out macho and earnest in his leather jacket and grizzly beard, but he can't resist Gabriel's moves, and by the end of the song he's popping and waving his arms with almost as much delight as the divo himself.
In the new video, Gabriel somehow makes it look like 1984 -- the year "Querida" was first released -- was only yesterday. Check him out in the original clip for the song below, where he's alone among a roomful of Liberace-worthy candelabras, focusing the full-on seduction he's known for on the camera. In snug white pants and a boatneck sweater, he pulls out all his moves, even throwing out some twirls reminiscent of Michael Jackson.
The new version of "Querida" will be included on Gabriel's duets album Los Dúo, which drops Feb. 10. Gabriel's collaborations with Natalia Jimenez ("Si Quieres"), Laura Pausini ("Abrazame Muy Fuerte") and Marco Antonio Solis ("Se Me Olvido Otra Vez") are also now available in digital stores.