Julio Iglesias, Jr. Wins ‘Gone Country’
Julio Iglesias, Jr. is the winner of CMT's reality competition show, 'Gone Country.' The Latin crooner and son of the legendary Julio Iglesias beat out rapper Bobby Brown, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, 'The Brady Bunch's' Maureen McCormick and several other celebrity competitors to take home the top prize: a song on country radio.
'Gone Country' host John Rich says he believes Iglesias can fill a void in country music. He tells Dial-Global, "I think the bridge that needs to be built between the Hispanic community and country radio is just a glaring problem. I grew up in Amarillo, Texas in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood, and they all listen to country music . . . The Big & Rich concerts we play, there's Hispanic people comin' out by the thousands to every show we do. But we don't have an artist necessarily that has combined that yet . . . So I think if a guy like Julio really decided he wanted to be serious about it, I think he could have a career in country, a big one, and would be a real asset to Nashville."
Iglesias' first country single, 'The Way I Want You,' hits airwaves this week.