Gloria Estefan, The Queen of Latin Pop, in X Factor
|Gloria Estefan on stage|
Gloria Estefan, Cubian American singer, made a surprise visit to the Miami auditions for the US version of The X Factor. She lives in the exclusive Star section of the island of Miami Beach and appears on the stage to say few words to stimulate the audiences.
The Dr Beat singer unexpectedly turned up at the Bank United Center on April 9,2011 and gave words of encouragement to over 7500 pop hopefuls waiting to see producers. She told the auditionees: "I hope all of you have a great day and remember to go all out! You've got one shot - one chance, so make sure you give it your all.
"Be yourself, the only thing you can offer is originality to the world. There's a lot of great singers and dancers but you have to do what makes you unique. Good luck and make Miami proud!"
Estefan's sudden appearance surprised show boss Simon Cowell too. In a conference call with various journalists, Mr.Cowell said: "I had no idea she (Gloria) was going to be there but apparently she did a fantastic job & She gave everyone a lot of support and encouragement. Not a lot of people would bother to do that."
During the conversation, Cowell also confirmed Fergie (Black Eyed Peas star) had been considered for a spot on the judging panel but he only reveals her name as "put forward." Cowell recently has said that it has become very tough deciding who should join him and confirmed judge LA Reid on the panel.
"The truth is that the reason we haven't announced the panel yet is that nobody can agree. New people keep coming along every week who we want to see," he said.
Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Simpson and Katy Perry are thought be in the panel of judges in the competition. The US X Factor is set to be aired this autumn on Fox.
About Gloria Estefan
Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan; known professionally as Gloria Estefan (born September 1, 1957) is a Cuban American singer, songwriter and actress. Known as the "Queen Of Latin Pop", she is in the top 100 best selling music artists with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, 31.5 million of those in the United States alone. She has won seven Grammy Awards, and is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date.
Biography in brief
Birth name Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García
Born September 1, 1957 (age 53)
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Father Jos˜O Manuel Fajardo (a soldier)
Mother Gloria Fajardo
Genres Latin pop, dance-pop, pop, dance, EDM
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress, writer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, percussion
Years active 1977–present
Associated Emilio Estefan
Acts Miami Sound Machine
Husband Emilio Estefan (September 2,1978)
Son Nayib (born September 2, 1980)
Daughter Emily Marie (born December 5, 1994)