Adios, 'American Idol': Remembering the Top 10 Latin Moments on the Show
With the sad (yet not entirely shocking) news that American Idol is ending after its 15th season, it's the perfect time to revisit the most memorable moments featuring Latinos (or classic tunes by Latin artists sung by hopeful contestants) on the defining reality TV singing competition.
A lot of stars, both established and emerging, have graced the Idol stage, giving us fine performances to replay for years to come. Not surprisingly, judge Jennifer Lopez is a presence in many of these unforgettable moments.
Which one is your favorite performance? Vote after scrolling down memory lane.
At the top of the list has to be the Nuyorican salsa icon’s jaw-dropping performance of “Aguanile” in 2011, made all the more memorable thanks to his then-wife Jennifer Lopez’s Charo-like booty-shaking. And let’s not forget the drum solo by the legendary Sheila E. There’s only one word to describe this moment: Fuego!
Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull
That same year, J.Lo unveiled her Lambada-tinged dance single “On the Floor” with the help of Pitbull in a sparkly, midriff-baring ensemble. She also reminded the world why she’s considered one of the best dancers in pop music.
Following in Lopez's footsteps, Enrique ignited a full-on dance party with his hits “Dirty Dancer” and “I Like It.”
He’s no Ricky Martin, but he sure had enthusiasm. Who can forget William Hung’s epic rendition of “She Bangs” during the 2004 auditions?
In season 7, 17-year-old David Archuleta lost to David Cook in the finale, but he didn’t go down without a fight. The Honduran-American’s acoustic performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” was so moving it made Paula Abdul (and many of us watching at home) sniffle.
When Sanjaya sang a bilingual version of the classic bolero “Besame Mucho” he conquered everyone’s heart. A fan of the song, Lopez coached Sanjaya leading up to the performance.
One of the final two contestants on season 11, Mexican-Filipina Jessica Sanchez gave one of the most legendary, chill-inducing performances of the show’s history with “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” so much so that the judges (Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson) all gave her a standing O at the end.
Season 11 contestant Chris Medina tugged at the heartstrings of audiences everywhere when he dedicated his audition to his fiancée, who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. When Lopez had to deliver the tough news of his elimination, she couldn't help but break down in tears.
When season 10 contestant Karen Rodriguez sang “Hero” by Mariah Carey in English and Spanish, she proved that bilingualism is indeed an asset.