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Miami wedding singer: Jon Bon Jovi duet was ‘beautiful’

By Madeleine Marr

mmarr@miamiherald.com

Jon Bon Jovi and Lourdes Valentin at a private Key Biscayne wedding July 2, 2016
Jon Bon Jovi and Lourdes Valentin at a private Key Biscayne wedding July 2, 2016

Lourdes Valentin wants to set the record straight. The jazz singer — the entertainment for a private wedding in Key Biscayne last weekend — made headlines when she grabbed a guest out of the audience for a duet.

The guest happened to be Jon Bon Jovi.

According to a video circulating around YouTube and shot by Dmitri (no last name, please) at Cool Coconut Studios in Coconut Grove, Bon Jovi at first looked reluctant, when Valentin began singing his 1986 hit Livin’ on a Prayer and gestured to bring him up to the stage and yelled, “Cmon!”

The guests looked excited and were singing along and snapping pics. After about a minute into the song, the music legend smiled, took the mic and stood up and began the classic lyrics: “Tommy’s got his six-string in hock. Now he’s holding in what he used to make it talk. So tough, it’s tough...”

Since the video was posted, Valentin says she has been getting her share of haters. The New York Daily News’ headline read: “Jon Bon Jovi resentfully sings 'Livin' on a Prayer' at wedding.” Slate’s headline said he “reluctantly” participated. YouTube commenters complain he was “ambushed” and “put on the spot.”

And Valentin is upset.

“It was such a great, beautiful moment,” said the Aventura resident. “I was surprised by how much criticism it received.”

Valentin reports that she asked the Bon Jovi frontman beforehand if he was interested in performing with her.

“He told me, ‘I don’t think I’m gonna sing, but let’s see how the night goes.’”

The 54-year-old rocker does seem to eventually get into the groove and after the song ended, kissed and hugged her before returning to his seat.

“I really didn’t want to upset anyone,” said Valentin. “I thought people would enjoy it, but I guess I was wrong.”

Videographer Dmitri has his own idea about why trolls are targeting the jazz singer: “It’s the Internet.”

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