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    Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24


    Charo
    Season 24

    Paired with Keo Motsepe


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    Only a few people in show business are recognized by just one name. Charo is one of those people. A virtuoso guitarist, singer, composer, actress and comedienne, Charo is an American music and pop culture Icon.

    Charo is instantly recognizable by her trademark expression, "CUCHI-CUCHI," which has endeared her to millions around the world and made her name synonymous with music, fun and excitement. Charo is short for Rosario, her given name of Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza. Born in the town of Murcia, Spain, she learned to play the guitar at an early age and studied under the world-famous master of Flamenco guitar, Andrés Segovia. Becoming a recording artist in her early teens, Charo appeared in the Spanish film classic, Don Juan Tenorio, and was featured in a children's television show that brought her to the attention of famed Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat. Charo joined Cugat's band and traveled to Las Vegas, where the band played in all the major casinos, including Caesar's Palace, The Flamingo and The Tropicana.

    Soon, Charo began performing as a solo artist at the Congo Room at the Sahara Hotel and Casino, sharing the stage with the likes of Johnny Carson, Joey Bishop, Danny Thomas, Buddy Hackett, Jim Nabors and George Burns. During this time, she recorded her hit disco albums, "La Salsa" and "Flamenco Salsa," on Capitol Records. The single, "Cuchi Cuchi," went platinum and became a hit in nightclubs worldwide. Her follow-up album, "Ole-Ole," on Salsoul Records, contained the single "Stay with Me" and became an international hit, achieving gold status. With the introduction of her international hit, "Dance a Little Bit Closer," Charo created and established a new bilingual salsa style - "The Charo Rhythm" - which has been emulated by other performers.

    In 1985 she and her husband, Swedish businessman Kjell Rasten, visited Hawaii and fell in love with the islands and relocated her family there. While in Hawaii, she executive produced and starred in the variety show Tropical Heat at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort in Waikiki, and for 10 years it was the most successful show in Hawaii. It was during this time that she began preparing her critically acclaimed album "Guitar Passion," which earned her Female Pop Album of the Year at the Billboard International Latin Music Conference and reached platinum status worldwide.

    Charo returned to mainstream show production and headed for Las Vegas. In 2001 she headlined and produced Bravo, at The Venetian Hotel & Casino. It was named "Best Variety Show in Las Vegas" by Time Magazine. She recently starred in several episodes of the CW's Jane the Virgin. She and her family also recently appeared on an episode of ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, bringing to millions the antics and hilarious situations in her crazy Beverly Hills household. She also appeared in such films as Moon Over Parador, with Richard Dreyfuss, and Airport 79: The Concord. She is also currently at work on her latest album and other projects, including an exercise video, "Ejercicio." Charo also enjoys huge popularity among gay audiences and has appeared several times on RuPaul's Drag Race. She also teams up with world famous DJs and producers from around the world, who add their dance mixes to her virtuoso guitar performances and come up with dance hits, one of which earned her a World Dance Music Award Nomination.

    Charo is a humanitarian and an activist for animal rights and is a member of PETA, who speaks out against animal cruelty. She was recently back on the Billboard charts with her latest single dance club hit, "España Cañí," the traditional bullfighting song, which she recorded in protest against bull fighting. She also teamed up with World of Wonder to produce the video entitled "España Cañí: Dance, Don't Bullfight," which became a viral hit. Charo's efforts eventually led to a ban on bull fighting in the Catalonia region of Spain.

    Charo's other accolades include being the recipient of the 2014 Ricardo Montalbán Lifetime Achievement ALMA Award, twice voted "Best Classical Flamenco Guitarist in the World" – Guitar Player Magazine, vice president of Muscular Dystrophy Association, winner of the prestigious Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding Entertainment of the Year, received the Key to the City of Las Vegas by Oscar Goodman (03/14/04), and honored with the "Charo Week Proclamation" from the City of San Francisco (08/02/05).

    Keo Motsepe

    Born in South Africa, Keo started dancing at the age of five after his best friend suggested they try it out for some fun. At seven, he knew that it was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. In 2004, Keo teamed up with his coach and mentor, Rafick Hoosain, and garnered every national title in South Africa.

    In 2012, Keo made history becoming the first South African to join the "Burn the Floor" World Tour. He quickly became the male principle dancer in the cast, and was hand-picked to perform as a soloist during the shows residency at the Shaftesbury Theatre on the West End. In 2014, Keo toured with "Burn the Floor" as principal dancer on the Australian and Japan tours, he also performed on their weekly productions on the Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway Getaway. Keo made his television debut performing as a professional guest on Strictly Come Dancing South Africa in 2013.

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    Re: Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24

    she learned to play the guitar at an early age and studied under the world-famous master of Flamenco guitar, Andrés Segovia.
    Wow!
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    Re: Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24

    Show business is full of overblown hyperbole, but calling Charo a virtuoso (virtuosa?) guitar player is absolutely accurate. She's incredible.
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    Re: Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24

    Exhibit A (and this is her now, not 30 years ago):

    CHARO - Malagueña - LIVE in Morongo Casino 12/13/2013 - YouTube
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    Re: Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24

    Quote Originally Posted by MFWalkoff View Post
    Exhibit A (and this is her now, not 30 years ago):

    CHARO - Malagueña - LIVE in Morongo Casino 12/13/2013 - YouTube
    Wow! Good for her...
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    Re: Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24

    I think there's a good chance that she'll go far.
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    Re: Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24

    Quote Originally Posted by MFWalkoff View Post
    Exhibit A (and this is her now, not 30 years ago):

    CHARO - Malagueña - LIVE in Morongo Casino 12/13/2013 - YouTube
    wow she's awesome with the guitar! I initially didn't know who she was and I'm still not familiar with her, but she sure blew my mind with that performance!
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    Re: Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24

    She exploded on the American scene in the 70s, and became an iconic regular guest on all the variety shows, talk shows, Love Boat & Fantasy Island, The Hollywood Squares, and of course all the telethons. She was a frequent part of my TV childhood.

    She's kind of like Sofia Vergara in that she acts zany and goofy, but in reality she is in total control of the character she projects. She wants people to laugh at the broken English and the booty shaking, because she's in on the joke. And then she picks up a guitar and slays the room.

    Nowadays I've seen her pop up on RuPaul's Drag Race several times.
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    Re: Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24

    She inevitably will not make it to the end. I wonder if at some point after she is voted off, they will allow her to play for us? I for one would LOVE to hear her!
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    Re: Charo & Keo Motsepe - Season 24

    I love Charo and saw her when she performed here in Hawaii. She is loaded with personality, but is of the older set. We'll see if she can still move as well as she used to.
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