Despite those regulations, the show’s promoters remain convinced that Pantoja will be granted a visa to perform. According to a statement from Universal, the concerts were “temporarily postponed.” The statement said that Pantoja had been initially approved for the visa by the U.S. Embassy, but her visa was subsequently denied “after a second revision.” The promoters, Loud and Live and 5 stars Entertainment, announced that those who had tickets for the show in Miami should hold on to them and wait for new dates.
Upon Pantoja’s sentencing in Spain, the judge called her crime "one of the most demolishing attacks that can be infringed on a democratic society." She was sentenced to two years for her involvement in a money laundering scheme cooked up by her lover, the former mayor of the ritzy Spanish port town Marbella. The singer entered a women’s prison in her native Andalusia in November 2014, and was released on probation in March 2016. She met the obligations of her sentence in October 2016.
Pantoja, who has sold over 6 million albums and released some 30 recordings, had signed a contract with Universal Music Spain before her sentence. A new album came out about two months after the end of her probationary period. Hasta Que Se Apague el Sol (Until the Sun Goes Dark), which Pantoja recorded with the Mexican star Juan Gabriel before she entered prison, went gold in Spain just weeks after its release. It was the final recording for Gabriel, who died in August 2016.
In 2017, Pantoja returned to the stages of Spain and South America for a series of triumphant concerts. The dates in Miami and Puerto Rico were originally scheduled for last October, but were canceled due to Hurricane Irma.
Pantoja is an iconic artist in Spain known for her dramatic flair. She first danced in a flamenco show at age 7, and started singing professionally when still in her teens. Pantoja's notoriety increased with her 1983 marriage to Francisco Rivera "Paquirri," a star bullfighter. When Paquirri was killed in the ring in 1984, the glamorous Pantoja became known as "the widow of Spain."
Concert promoters said via the statement that they remained “confident” that they will be able to announce new dates for the concerts shortly. According to the promoters, the shows were sold out.