Making the list
Telenovela hottie Genesis Rodriguez, daughter of singer El Puma, is getting noticed. The actress ( Casa de mi Padre, Man on a Ledge), 25, placed No. 70 on AskMen’s “Top 99 Most Desirable Women” list. Numero uno? The Hunger Games’ fierce star, Jennifer Lawrence. More than 2.4 million votes were cast.
The mystery of the World Music Awards continues. Less than two weeks ago it was announced that the Eurocentric event, usually held in Monaco, would take place Dec. 20 at Marlins Park. No performers were announced. A vague weekend press release announced a date change to Dec. 22 and touted awards for Jennifer Lopez, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tony Bennett and One Republic (not One Direction as was reported in Scene in the Tropics Monday).
The only act promised to perform was Bennett, but a spokesman for the famed jazz crooner said he was never slated to appear. Mark Young, a publicist for Lopez and Earth, Wind & Fire, said that JLo had a sold out concert in Puerto Rico Saturday and EWF had never confirmed they’d do the WMAs. A publicist for Brazilian star Michel Telo, another announced performer, also said that Telo was a no-show.
The other artists listed are global acts unlikely to ring a bell in the United States, much less fill Marlins Park. But WMA’s U.S. publicist Brandi Kolosky says executive producer John Martinotti and his partners aren’t concerned about selling tickets or losing money – even though the awards are also supposed to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy victims in Haiti. “They want to bring together the music and artists of the world,” Kolosky said Tuesday. “They don’t think about what they’re losing, only about what they’re gaining, which is awareness.” How they’ll do that is a mystery to us.
Jordan Levin & Lesley Abravanel