Lorenzo Mendez with his dance partner Jessica Diaz on ‘Asi Se Baila’
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Lorenzo Méndez has survived two extremely general public breakups. He remaining La Unique Banda El Limón in 2018 just after 10 many years as a lead vocalist. He separated from singer Chiquis Rivera in late 2020 soon after being married for just above a calendar year.
Now, he’s leaving it all on the dance ground.
Mendez and actress/singer Jessica Diaz are just one of the remaining partners on “Asi Se Baila,” a weekly dance competitors on Telemundo. Believe “Dancing With the Stars” devoid of the execs. Mendez was born in California but grew up in El Paso. He lately moved again to Texas and has loved ones in the Houston place.
“Asi Se Baila” features movie star partners executing Latin dances for a trio of judges and audience votes. The forged involves fellow Texan Jennifer Peña and partner Obie Bermudez actress Elyfer Torres (“Betty en NY”) and Samadhi Zendejas, who portrayed Jenni Rivera in the series “Mariposa De Barrio.”
Mendez lately released his own label, LM7 Entertainment, and the one “Puedes Taparte” with Jerry Bazua. He spoke about his new ventures and why he’s more than just a boots and hat guy.
Q: Was dancing, significantly much less on a Television set levels of competition, anything you at any time took significantly?
A: The only periods I at any time danced was when my mom would force me to dance with my cousins and tias at the quinceañeras and weddings. And with my audio, of training course, onstage with the admirers and stuff. I’m studying so many various rhythms and genres of audio of dancing. I was so nervous. The choreographer, he just starts dancing, and I’m like, “What did I get myself into, dude? Oh, my God.” But I’m pushing myself.
Q: You and your spouse have finished truly well so significantly.
A: I think we’re using all people by surprise. We were being the initially “Golden Couple” (for the finest effectiveness of the week). We began off on the appropriate foot. Our next exhibit, we have been in the leading two. So which is quite neat. I’m tremendous fired up.
Q: You’re a pure on the dance flooring. Wherever do you consider that arrives from?
A: I think it is all in the mindset. Jessica, she’s tremendous younger, she’s outgoing, she has a good deal of strength. She’s a wonderful husband or wife. I kinda just adhere to, male, and set on a smile and gown up awesome and give it my all. I have missing so substantially body weight, man. I’ve lost at the very least 10-15 kilos just from all the apply that we do, 5 to six hrs a working day.
Q: What motivated you to say certainly to the present?
A: Honestly, my very first response was just anxiety. “Oh, God, this is gonna be — persons are gonna giggle at me and my moves.” I believe this offers me a excellent chance to prove to myself and present folks my temperament. When you are limited to a specified style that you sing — I sing Mexican regional songs — they imagine I’m in boots and a hat 24 several hours a working day. I get to showcase my Mexican American tradition that I carry and I grew up with. And also just self-advancement, to just take myself out of my comfort and ease zone.
Q: Does that suggest no boots and cowboy hat during “Asi Se Baila?”
A: Dude, I acquired that tatted on me. (He lifts his remaining sleeve to expose a shoulder tattoo of a cowboy hat and boots.) My father generally wore cowboy boots and a sombrero. I consider that’d be pretty brilliant, to showcase my Tejano roots.
Q: You released LM7 Leisure, your personal label, in February and are now a solo act. Is it a freeing working experience?
A: It is been a changeover, to be honest with you, immediately after remaining 10 years with Banda El Limón. It’s just the new wave of impartial artists, slipping back again in adore with the art of generating and generating, dressing how you wanna costume and just being the artist that you genuinely wanna be.
Q: On best of new songs and the Television show, you have experienced to navigate an intensely scrutinized individual everyday living. How do you retain it alongside one another?
A: It is been crazy. 2020 was just this kind of a difficult year for all people. Anything was on pause. But I wrote it down, that I’m gonna make so lots of good variations in my existence and my life style. And you know what? I’m pretty proud of myself. I have been performing it and just lots of self-really like.
Q: This has been a yr of firsts for you. What is subsequent on the record?
A: I like to produce down desires and aims, I guess. A thing that is been on my listing without end, apart from visiting particular international locations, is an English album or a Spanglish album. That is a little something I seriously wanna do. With Banda El Limón, we did a boleros album, and I was in a position to put in a couple of track in Spanglish. I continue to have that little itch of carrying out a little something like Michael Bublé, some significant band stuff that I truly adore.
Q: What is the very first track you’d history for that specifications album?
A: I would have to do “Besame Mucho.”