Univision’s megahit celebrity dance competition, Mira Quién Baila (Look Who’s Dancing) premieres on Sunday September 17. The series will be light up with stellar performances from 10 celebrity contestants who have accepted the dance challenge to compete for a $50,000 donation to their charity of choice. Celebrities will do their best in hopes of helping a variety of causes, including childhood cancer, music education and animal cruelty, among others, which will be revealed during the first episode.
One of the contestants is the versatile Puerto Rican singer, actor, artist and Broadway veteran, Éktor Rivera, who moved from Los Angeles to New York to perform on the Broadway hit musical On Your Feet!, and now he is relocating once more to Miami for the next two months of competition.
“It’ll be a challenge because I’m not a professional dancer,” he said about the competition that will reunite with Puerto Rican Dayanara Torres, also a contestant.
“After a year doing Broadway I think it’s going to be fun and entertaining to be part of this show; and meet other Latinos on the Hispanic television to be able to expand what art is and the entity I represent,” he shared with me during our phone interview last week.
He also told me he could share his experiences in a book or on the big screen to serve as an example to others who are trying to make it: “from the age of fourteen I have had some hard experiences to live in art, high and low like all human beings, fallen to achieve the goals, but also that crossover when my English was very basic when I arrived here in the United States, and entering Broadway with a leading role. All these experiences help us rebuild ourselves as human beings, and I think I can help and motivate others, it would be very nice to be able to do so in the future. I think there are still many stories to tell,” he said.
For now, Éktor wants to focuse on Mirá Quién Baila, and after that “I will continue auditioning, because thanks to On Your Feet! the doors were opened to continue showing my art and my performance to the world. Mirá Quién Baila is a wonderful project and I will learn, enjoy and dance, but the most important thing is the institution I’m going to represent.”
Éktor chose Cabecitas Rapadas Foundation, which is an institution in San Juan (Puerto Rico) that offers economic support, emotional, psychological and financial counseling, as well as lodging and transportation to cancer patients and their caregivers.
The judges for this season are Roselyn Sánchez, Johnny Lozada and Poty Castillo, whom will provide critique and commentary based on their expertise on each dance performance. The judges, along with the fans’, votes will determine who continues in the competition for the chance to win a $50,000 donation to the charity of their choice.
This famous competition airs every Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. CT) at Univision, and will be hosted by Chiquinquirá Delgado and Javier Poza. Jomari Goyso will have the latest from backstage and social media. Rodrigo Basurto is the choreographer who promises an innovative, contemporary and high-energy mix of ballroom, Latin and urban moves that will have viewers dancing along with the stars.