WHO IS LIZ HERNANDEZ: MEET THE NEW LATINA E! NEWS PERSONALITY

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Former radio personality turned E! News correspondent Liz Hernandez is in the know. Her job is dishing out stories about Hollywood’s hottest, and now the talented Latina has become a celebrity herself. Hernandez joined E! News Now in 2011. Prior to that she was a co-host on the nationally syndicated morning radio show Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Los Angeles’ Power 106 FM.
For her time on radio, in 2005, she was recognized by the National Hispanic Media Coalition for excellence in radio broadcasting. She studied communications and psychology at the University of San Diego, and got her start in the radio industry after landing an internship with a local radio station.

She has interviewed Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Mel Gibson, Jay-Z and Will Smith. To get to know Hernandez even more, visit her website at http://www.anditisliz.com or follow her on Twitter.

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AMERICAN IDOL’S JESSICA SANCHEZ LEAVES JUDGES STUTTERING

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Jessica Sanchez left the judges breathless as she once again showed her powerful pipes and impeccable vocal technique Wednesday night on American Idol. The top seven Idol hopefuls were assigned to sing songs from the last three years.

The part-Mexican, part Filipino singer took a risk with the unfamiliar jazz and soulful song “Stuttering” by Jazmine Sullivan, but the judges gave Sanchez two thumbs up on her rendition.
“That was superb,” said music producer Randy Jackson. “What you did tonight for me is you set the bar really high.”
Jackson added that Sanchez showed “everyone what kind of talent level,” she has and that she has “the control.”
“That was at like the highest degree,” continued Jackson. “You did an amazing job. To me, right now, you slayed that biggest fish of the night.”
Aerosmith rock star Steven Tyler gave Sanchez top-notch reviews, not only on her singing but on her fashion sense as well, comparing her with fellow judge Jennifer Lopez
 “Jessica, every time I hear you sing I forget where I am,” Tyler said. “But America doesn’t forget. You fish slay it every time.”
“You had the nerve to sing a great song and you had the nerve to wear Jennifer’s shoes,” Tyler added excitedly as the audience quickly got to see a close-up of Sanchez’s spiky black heels.
Although Lopez agreed with Tyler and told her she has “great taste,” she compared Sanchez to possibly her biggest competitor—Joshua Ledet.

Guess JLO might not have liked Tyler’s comment after all.

“That was really beautiful,” said Lopez. “What I’d love to see from you, is some almost like Joshua-type performances,” Lopez said bluntly. “You can do it,” she added. “You can show us something we’ve never seen!”

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Sanchez and Ledet are two of the strongest contestants of season 11 and in the last few weeks have performed multiple medleys together, which have earned the two standing ovations by the judges and the audience.

On Wednesday Sanchez, Ledet and Hollie Cavanagh took on the first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, and performed her latest hit “What Doesn’t Kill You.” Ledet on the other hand performed a rendition of Puerto Rican crooner Bruno Mars’ song “Runaway Baby,” earning him a standing ovation from the judges. Jackson felt the performance was simply “unbelievable” while Tyler said it was “like a work of art.” For JLO, Ledet was excellent. “A Joshua performance is so dynamic,[and it] takes control of the audience”, Lopez said. “It’s so much energy. It’s not just the vocals that’s what you do.”

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AMERICAN IDOL: JLO VS. MINAJ AND LATINO SCOTTY MCCREERY GETS PLATINUM ALBUM

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It was the battle of the divas on American Idol Thursday night as Nicki Minaj jokingly took a stab at Jennifer Lopez being the only female superstar judging the popular singing competition. The MC performed her latest single “Starships,” wearing a tiny dress that barely covered her curvaceous figure.

“I want to be a guest judge,” Minaj told American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

Jennifer Lopez didn’t mind that telling Minaj to “come over.” But it was when Minaj asked “JLO can you scoot over?” that the Bronx diva was quick to mark her territory.

“I don’t think there is enough space for the both of us,” Lopez replied with a smile.

Minaj, a native from Queens was all giggles with Seacrest as he told the audience “Starships” is one of his favorite songs.

“Hello cute thing,” said Seacrest. “There were parts of the performance that were high risk,” he said, in reference to Minaj almost slipping out of her barely-there dress. The rapper avoided having a wardrobe malfunction by toning down her dance moves and opting to pump up the crowd instead, letting her backup dancers do the moving.

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“Who wants to party right now?” Minaj yelled. The crowd responded with a loud roar.

Last year’s American Idol winner, Puerto Rican singer Scotty McCreery, took the stage and had the fans going wild.

McCreery, whose maternal grandmother is Puerto Rican and lives on the island, performed his latest single “Water Tower Town.”

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“Feels like it was just yesterday,” McCreery told Seacrest about winning American Idol.

To McCreery’s surprise, Interscope Records executive and mentor on the show, Jimmy Lovine, came out. McCreery was speechless. Lovine handed McCreery a nicely encased platinum album.

“On behalf of Interscope and Universal music studios we’d like to thank Idol and the judges that picked you out of that crowd on the rainy day,” said Lovine.“[He is the] youngest male to have his album hit Billboard’s Top 200,” Lovine added.

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McCreery, visibly stunned, was all smiles.

To date, McCreery’s freshman album “Clear As Day” is one of the highest selling debuts from an American Idol winner, selling over one million copies in the first three months, The Hollywood Reporter stated. Billboard magazine also named McCreery top new Country artist of the year in 2011. And he won the distinguished “New Artist of the Year” award at the American Country Awards last December. McCreery also became the youngest male singer in music history to open at number one on Billboard’s all-genre chart with his first album. “Clear As Day” stayed at number one for six consecutive weeks.

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IS THERE A HISPANIC RACHEL RAY: LATINA CHEFS ON ABC’S “THE CHEW”

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A decade after Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez helped Latin music explode into the mainstream, Latina chefs are doing the same for food.

From Food Network’s Marcela Valladolid and Evette Rios on ABC’sThe Chew” to uber-restaurateur Michelle Bernstein and cookbook author Lourdes Castro, these senoritas are proving to be the new face in cooking – especially on television.

The stereotype of Latina mothers living in the kitchen makes sense to these Latina chefs.

“We all grew up around mom in the kitchen, that’s just how it was,” said Bernstein, who is of Latin and Jewish descent and runs Sra. Martinez and Michy’s restaurants in Miami. “And maybe that just better represents what Latin food is, coming from the momma.”

Like music, food is a gateway to people learning about another culture, she said. And in this case, one that is expanding. Hispanics are the fastest growing population in the country, accounting for 50 million people, or 1 in 6 Americans.

Also fueling the rise of Latina chefs is the fact that Latin cuisine is no longer considered “exotic” or difficult to cook. More people today are comfortable cooking at home with ethnic ingredients such as jalapenos and cilantro, or marinating meats with Cuban mojo or chimichurri.

Rios, ABC’s “The Chew” correspondent, is of Puerto Rican descent. She’s a self-taught cook who defines “perfectly Latina” as a woman who can do more than cook: she shows you how to make a cocktail or a dessert, as well.

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