The singer Melina León had to go back to an interpretation of the merenguera Olga Tañón in 1995 to interpret the song “Es liar” in the program “Tu Cara Me Suena”. (Supplied)
The singer Melina León assures that the face she made when she found out that she had to impersonate Olga Tañón at the premiere yesterday of the program “Your face sounds like” , and that she has been criticized, was astonished at the great challenge that personifying represented to the so-called “Woman of Fire”, whom she admires.
“It was strong for me because I had to make Olga, someone I know, contrary to if she had been an artist that I don't know about, who wouldn't give me so much stress to personify him perfectly. Being her is a greater pressure because I want to do it and represent her well. It was extra pressure and I was super nervous. It was a 'me chavé' face, I have to bounce ”, that is, I didn't think they were going to put me on her. I couldn't hide my face, “the singer told El Nuevo Día , who in her opinion said she could have done better, even though she has received positive reviews about her performance, including from Tañón herself.
“Many people may think that it was very easy because that's what I do, but it was not singing merengue, it was singing like Olga, imitating her and doing it like her, which is very different and is a pressure. I was getting more and more nervous, “added the singer, who had to go back to a 1995 performance to which she not only put her powerful voice, but also imitated her gestures, hair movement and gestures to interpret the song. liar ”and for which she had to take a deep breath to fight her nerves.
Similarly, León dissipates the existence of any rivalry with Tañón, as was hinted yesterday after the broadcast of the Sunday program broadcast by Univision ended. Faced with the pressure that they were going to criticize and compare her, and that he wanted to personify her perfectly, León called Tañón days before the competition to tell him what his next challenge was.
“I put that pressure on my head, but I called Olga, and she said, 'baby relax, do all the ridiculous things that I do, forget it, get out.' In the recordings they put on, he hadn't talked to Olga yet, because that was at the beginning and he didn't know he could do it. So I spoke to her and she was very supportive . All week I was talking to her and I gave her the details, “he said.
Precisely, through the social network Instagram, Tañón dedicated a publication to him in which he classified his presentation as “the best of the night”, which filled León with great emotion.
“She was upset with the scores because she understood that it was not the best result of what happened there. Genuinely, there is a friendship between us. My admiration for her is something else and I love her very much ”, highlighted the merenguera when observing that one of the strongest things in the competition is that the jury cannot repeat the score that it emits among the participants, a detail that was unknown at the beginning of the competition. “It is not fair to me that they put the jury in that situation.”
The jury, made up of the actress Charytín Goyco , the singer-songwriter Kany García , the actress and comedian Angélica Vale and the singer Jesús Navarro of the Mexican group Reik , let it be known yesterday during the broadcast that they could use the scores only once and had to see who gave the best scores according to their criteria and who would like to give more than a “10”.
As it was learned last night, for the next presentation, the Puerto Rican artist will play the Mexican singer Alejandra Guzmán . Although he could not say what song he will have to interpret, he announced that it is a ballad, which he has already begun to listen to in order to learn it.
Each contestant represents a charitable foundation, where the prize of the winner chosen at each gala is allocated. In the case of León, if it were to be the winner in the presentations, the award would go to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Puerto Rico . In the eighth presentation, only those who remain in the first four positions will go, according to the score obtained, and the winner will be chosen who receives the most votes from the public.
As well as other colleagues within the music industry, who are going through a difficult situation as a result of the pandemic, León said that he found in “Your face sounds to me” a great opportunity to expose himself and demonstrate his talent. In order to be part of this, she had to resign her role as one of the four hosts of the local program “La noche es Nuestro” , which is broadcast on Mega TV, which she emphasizes that she enjoyed a lot.
“We are going through this situation in the music industry, in which we are not working on presentations and it has been a while without doing what I love. This was something different because although I am not singing my songs, I am singing live, on a stage, and I am making my way out of Puerto Rico again. In the United States and other areas, as you had not released anything new, people are forgetting about you. We have to warm up the media and this helps them to see me again singing and working, “says the artist, who joined the Mexican singer Ingrid Contreras to make a new version of the single ” It was the best “ in the genre of ballads. , what addresses the issue of psychological abuse and gender violence, launched a few months ago.
“It is a subject that we do from woman to woman supporting us. It arises at a time when there is so much death of women at the hands of men. It is a song to reinforce that we have to unite, that we have to help, respect each other and give ourselves respect ”, said the artist, noting that with this collaboration her music could reach other generations.
“I tell Puerto Rico that I am grateful for the support they are giving me, for the messages, because that helps me feel much more confident, it blows me away more. It is a difficult moment for me, it is the first time that I am alone, so I am working with my mind, because I get a little depressed by not having my family by my side. The loneliness and silence is horrible ”, he concluded.