Watching Chilean actor Cristián de la Fuente show his moves on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' is nothing but a treat.
De la Fuente, the third Latino contestant to take the challenge, is showing everyone that Latinos sure know how to move! Mexican-American actor Mario López took second place in the 4th season while Brazilian two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves, took first place fifth season.
Now, in the show's sixth season, de la Fuente will have some work to do if he wants to make it to the end.
In a recent interview with Agencia EFE, the actor said he hopes the Latino audience will vote for him and help him stay in the competition.
"I hope the Latino audience, which is known for its fidelity, gets into the show and demonstrate that fidelity which hopefully will grow each day," said the actor. "Today, Latinos not only have the power to choose who will be the next U.S. President, but also who will win this season's 'Dancing with the Stars.'"
It seems like his fans already know he needs their support and they are showing it on the show's message forums.
"I can tell you that Cristián is not only gorgeous and talented but he is one beautiful human being! It is a rare occasion to have all that in one package. That's why he is even more valuable," one de La Fuente fan said.
"Thank goodness they were spared last night! He was so adorable, the way he looked so worried. But it looks like he is in serious trouble of not having enough votes," said the same fan referring to last Tuesday's elimination and de la Fuente being in the bottom two couples. "He definitely deserves to stay longer than several of the others. So I am giving him all my votes."
Carrie Ann, one of the show's three judges, had something to say about de la Fuente on the television show 'Extra.'
"I think it would be really interesting to watch Cristián (de la Fuente) because I think he is going to grow a lot. I feel like he's really hungry, I'm watching him and he's got the evil eye, he really wants to win it!"
De la Fuente, 34, who is already well known to Latino audiences for his roles on 'Cómo Ama Una Mujer' (How a Woman Loves) and 'Reyes y Rey,' is not new to English-language television. He participated in 'Family Law,' 'CSI: Miami' and has played guest roles on 'Ugly Betty' and 'Psych.'
This season 12 couples are vying for the Disco Ball trophy that proves they are the best dancers on television. Other celebrities competing are Priscilla Presley, Shannon Elizabeth, Mario, Jason Taylor, Kristi Yamaguchi, Adam Carolla, Steve Guttenberg, Marlee Matlin, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Magician Penn Jillete and tennis champion Monica Seles were the fist two celebrities to be eliminated.
The competition's results depend on the audience's votes and the judges' scores; a celebrity will be eliminated each week.
Though last Tuesday, de la Fuente was in the bottom two couples with the lowest scores, he still has faith in the Latino viewers. "The good thing is I have the advantage of speaking Spanish so I will ask for the vote in Spanish so they (Latinos) can pay attention to me."
As for de La Fuente's future career plans, they include starring in the USA Network series 'In Plain Sight' on June 8 and traveling to Chile to film 'Isla 10' (Island 10).
'Dancing with the Stars' airs every Monday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ABC (KFSN Channel 30 in Fresno/Visalia/Merced, KXTV Channel 10 in Modesto, Stockton, Sacramento).