Stars Of The Year
After the Colombian singer achieved worldwide fame, she started helping thousands of impoverished Colombian children through her foundation, Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet), named after her first hit album. "The children that I was helping were not only eating anything they could find, even rubber, but they walked around with bare feet," said the singer.
To prepare for his role as the sanguine seducing vampire on the miniseries Gabriel (MegaTV), the singer got used to working nights and sleeping during the day throughout the four months of shooting. He also tried sleeping in a casket to shoot his scenes. "I hope it doesn't traumatize me," said Chayanne.
With 20 telenovelas under her belt, the Mexican mistress of melodrama takes on her greatest role yet – Doña Bárbara (Telemundo).
After modeling and singing careers fell flat, this 27-year-old tried his hand at acting, and became the protagonist of Al Diablo con los guapos. "It was really hard to get to this point," says Siller, "but it's so satisfying to see that it all worked out in the end."
The Surprise Although the leading lady of Al diablo con los guapos had to fall in love with the protagonist, the 16-year-old actress openly admits "I've never been in love, and I've never had a boyfriend."
Although the leading lady of Al diablo con los guapos had to fall in love with the protagonist, the 16-year-old actress openly admits "I've never been in love, and I've never had a boyfriend."
LILI ESTEFAN & RAÚL DE MOLINA
The Dynamic Duo
They met at a Univision casting call, and it was love at first sight. There was so much chemistry between the two of them that the show El Gordo y la Flaca was inevitable. "We've been working together longer than most married couples stay together," says Raul de Molina.
CRISTIÁN DE LA FUENTE
When the Chilean actor put on his dancing shoes for Dancing with the Stars (ABC), he became a show favorite. "I've always tried to put myself out there, and do anything I'm capable of doing," says the In Plain Sight actor.
INGRID HOFFMANNThe Chef
After appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Colombian chef will host her own cooking show called Simply Delicioso (Food Network), and will also come out with a cook book. "I'm seeing the fruits of my labor," she says.
He started writing when he was 16 years old. Now, the Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, 39, can't get enough praise for his book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. "I don't write because I want to be successful. I write because I have to, I can't help it," says Díaz.
He's dressed Salma Hayek, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, and a whole list of other celebs. The famous Cuban American designer recently said, "To be recognized for the work I've done within my own community has touched me deeply."
Some celebs get a headache just from the mention of his name. But the host of the morning radio talk show Piolín por la manana has climbed his way up from a former undocumented U.S. immigrant to the voice of Univisión Radio.
The Queen of Interviews
Two decades full of celebrity interviews, and the Cuban talk-show host is still on top of her game, working with husband/producer Marcos Ávila. "It's hard to work together, but we love each other a lot."
Recently the Puerto Rican father had twin boys from a surrogate mother. "He feels really proud and happy about starting this new chapter in his life," read an excerpt from the singer's website.
The Mexican TV host's life changed when she had singer Luis Miguel's child. She started her own family show on Univisión that centers on activities to do with your children and family. "My family is my pilar, and you have to enjoy every moment with them," says the 33-year-old host.
The Mexican singer may have been jailed this year for hitting a fan with her microphone and got some flack for having a sex tape leaked with her and a former boyfriend, yet she always rises above the bad news. "There are people that want to tear us down, and cut our wings off, but I'll never let that happen to me," she says.
The Puerto Rican musician has had an excellent year. "He sings with sincerity and passion," says fellow singer Laura Pausini. And what does his wife have to say? "I like whether he's singing or not. He fascinates me."
The Live Perfomer
The Mexican singer, 37, has gained more admirers than ever as he toured through the world this year. "I'm a huge fan," says actress Eva Longoria who was recently graced with his presence at her cancer charity event in Los Angeles. Who can blame her?
The Queen of the Afternoon
When the cameramen tell the Escándalo TV (Telefutura) star that her daily three-hour segment is wrapping up, she can hardly believe it. "I have such a good time, that time flies by, and I'm always surprised when it comes to an end," says Goyco.
LA ARROLLADORA BANDA EL LIMÓN
The Music Group
From their native Sinaloa, Mexico, this band started 40 years ago, and hasn't stopped enamored audiences from cheering and cyring at their concerts with their great beats and ballads. "My dream is for the band to live on as long as it can," says leader René Camacho.
MARCO ANTONIO SOLÍS
The Mexican singer/songwriter's career has spanned more than 30 years, and includes 20 albums and 300 songs. "I never forget that I make music for the people," says the 48-year-old musician.
LOS RIELEROS DEL NORTE
After 26 years of making music, and over 400 songs recorded, music piracy and competition can't knock these guys down. "Our new group members have brought us a lot of energy and happiness," says veteran Alfredo Esquivel.
The Cuban American gay blogger has made a fortune out of making fun of the stars and reporting on their triumphs and mishaps. "Being latino is one of the secrets of my success, because my parents taught me how to work hard," says Mario Armando Lavandeira.
VICENTE FERNÁNDEZ & PAQUITA LA DEL BARRIO
The Unexpected Duo
Why didn't anyone think to put these two musical masters together in one venue before? This unique pairing gave a stellar performance at a Madison Square Garden concert in New York City, and tore up the house with their bombastic voices.
This year, the acclaimed Tejano star found that he was lucky just to be alive. The 46-year-old singer suffered massive injuries after his tour bus derailed and crashed on the highway en route to a concert in Houston. After being in a coma, he is recovering at home. "He's not ready to return to the stage," assures his manager, adding that "his wife is caring for him at home." His fans await his return.
The 25-year-old newcomer never expected to get a boob job, but when she landed the role in the soap Sin senos no hay paraíso (Without Breasts there's no Paradise) (Telemundo), she got more than she bargained for. "I'm so grateful to be a part of this project. I've grown so much, and realize that I have a great responsibility on my hands."