Carlito Olivero

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Not to be confused with Adrián Carlos Olivares, another member of Menudo.
Carlito Olivero
Birth name Carlos Emmanuel Olivero
Born Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Pop, Latin pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor, dancer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Menudo
Website carlitoofficial.com

Carlos Emmanuel Olivero, better known as Carlito Olivero, is an American singer and actor of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent. From 2007–09, he was part of the Latin boy band Menudo after taking part in MTV's Making Menudo. Moving to Los Angeles in 2009, he appeared in various singing and acting events and in 2012 appeared in the film We the Party directed by Mario Van Peebles. In 2013, he auditioned for season 3 of the American singing competition series The X Factor and finished 3rd in the competition. He was mentored by Paulina Rubio.

Beginnings

Olivero was born and raised in Chicago, to a father from Puerto Rico and a mother from Mexico. He started singing very early, after since his parents bought him a karaoke machine, and he sang along with it. His father and his aunt were break dancers. From grade one onwards, he started taking part in competitions singing mainly Elvis Presley, 'NSYNC and B2K songs.

In Making Menudo (2007)

2007-2009 lineup. L-to-R: José Bordonada Collazo, Monti Montañez, Emmanuel Vélez Pagan, Carlos Olivero, Chris Moy

In 2007, Carlito Olivero took part in an MTV reality series titled Making Menudo to earn a spot in the reconfigured famous Latin boy band. Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa were two of many who rotated through the band over the years. Making Menudo launched as a primetime series on October 25, 2007, but was later pushed to afternoons due to low ratings.[1]

The initial Menudo five chosen in the program (JC, Jorge, Monti, Jose and Chris) were put to compete against four other aspiring candidates who didn't make the cut (Antony, Pena, JC Gonzalez, Trevor and Carlos). Eventually Carlos [Olivero] was chosen to be included in Menudo's "final" set-up.

In band Menudo (2007-2009)

The "new" Menudo band was made up of:

  • Carlos Emmanuel Olivero
  • José "Monti" Antonio Montañez
  • Emmanuel Jose Vélez Pagán
  • Christopher Nelson Moy
  • José Bordonada Collazo

The act was signed to a multi-album contract with SonyBMG label Epic Records. The group continued for two years starting in 2007 with their debut singles "Lost" and "More Than Words". The new Menudo disbanded in 2009.

The X Factor (2013)

In 2013, Olivero auditioned for season 3 of the American The X Factor. At the time he applied, he was employed as a server in a coffee shop. He was mentored by Paulina Rubio and finished the season in 3rd place overall.

Olivero's performances include:

Day of broadcast Show Theme Song Original artist Result
September 12 Audition Free choice "Stay" Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko Through to Four-Chair challenge
October 9 Four-Chair Challenge Solo performance "Dreaming of You" Selena Advanced
October 29 Live show 1 (Top 16) Act/Mentor's choice "Maria Maria" Santana ft. The Product G&B Saved by Paulina Rubio
November 6 Live show 2 (Top 13) Motown Night "Stop! In the Name of Love" The Supremes N/A
November 7 Live show 3 (Top 13 Redux) Free choice "If You're Not the One" Daniel Bedingfield Safe
November 13 Live show 4 (Top 12) 80's Night "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine Safe
November 20 Live show 5 (Top 10) British Invasion (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones Bottom 21
November 21 Sing-off Beneath Your Beautiful Labrinth and Emeli Sandé
November 27 Live show 6 (Top 8) Big Band Night "La Copa de Vida"/"María" Ricky Martin Safe
December 4 Live show 7 (Top 6) Divas "Let's Get Loud" Jennifer Lopez Bottom 22
Unplugged "stripped down" Songs "Stand by Me" Ben E. King
December 5 Sing-off "You Make Me Wanna..." Usher
December 11 Live show 8 (Top 4) Viewers' choice "Boyfriend" Justin Bieber Safe
Duet (with Alex & Sierra) "Falling Slowly" Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
2nd song (no theme) "I Need to Know" Marc Anthony
December 12 Victory song "Suavemente" Elvis Crespo
December 18 Live show 9 (Top 3) Winner's Song "Impossible" Shontelle 3rd Place
Celebrity Duets "Stand by Me" (with Prince Royce) Ben E. King
Favorite Performance "Maria Maria" Santana ft. The Product G&B
December 19 Christmas Songs "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" Darlene Love

^Note 1 Olivero was in the bottom three and had to sing for survival. However, he survived the final showdown against Tim Olstad.
^Note 2 Olivero was in the bottom three and had to sing for survival. However, he survived the final showdown against Rion Paige.

Acting career

After disbandment, Olivero relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a singing / acting career. He appeared in small roles in TNT network series Rizzoli & Isles and in an advertisement for Starbucks. and Time Warner cable. He appeared in season 6 episode 9 of Modern Family, as Teddy Keys, dating Alex.

In 2012, Olivero appeared in a main role in We the Party, a film written and directed by Mario Van Peebles. The film is a revealing look at contemporary youth culture, showing teenagers as they are, not as adults would like them to be. A comedy set in an ethnically diverse Los Angeles high school, it focuses on young friends as they deal with "romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, Facebook, fitting in, standing out, and finding themselves".[2] capturing the hopes, confusion, challenges and dreams of today's teenagers as they plunge headlong into an uncertain future. Credited as Carlito Olivero, he plays the role of Paco in the film.

From 2015-2017, Olivero starred in the successful Hulu Original Series, East Los High. In 2018, Carlito starred in the YouTube Red scripted drama series, Step Up: High Water. He played the role of Derek Sandoval in the thriller film Bad Samaritan, directed by Dean Devlin, which premiered on May 4, 2018.

Discography / Videography

Studio albums

Title and details Notes
D.D.B.R.W.S.
  • Type: Studio album
  • Released: July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16)
  • Recorded: 2013–15
  • Genre: R&B, Hip Hop, Latin Pop
  • Length: 41:26
  • Label: Indie Art Music
  • Producer: Dem Jointz

Solo singles

Year Title Peak chart positions
Album
U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2011 "Rain" Non-album release
2012 "Love Letter" Non-album release
2015 "Pon Ya Body" D.D.B.R.W.S.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Brown Eyed Girl" 2010 Royalty N/A
"Hit Me (BBM Me) If You Miss Me" 2011 Baby Bash, Printz Board Bashtown
"Tabloid Truth" 2012 J. Dash Tabloid Truth
"Art of Love" 2014 Danny Olson N/A

Music videos

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Rain" [1] 2011 Mike Ho, Carlito Olivero, Jimmy Burney
"Love Letter" [2] 2012 Mike Ho
"Find Your Way Back" 2014 Denzel Whitaker
"Pon Ya Body" 2015 Denzel Whitaker, Maximilian Shelton

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Rizzoli & Isles Reuben Sanchez TV Series
(Season 3, Episode 13 "Virtual Love")
2012 We the Party Paco Film
2014 Chocolate City Raphael Film[3][4]
2014 Modern Family Teddy TV Series
(Season 6, Episode 9 "Strangers in the Night")[5]
2015 Breaking Through Ricky Feature film[6][7]
2015 East Los High Eddie Indie video series
2018 Step Up: High Water Davis Jimenez Web television series
2018 Bad Samaritan Derek Sandoval Feature film

References

  1. ^ Houston Chronicle: Joey Guerra blog: "Three big helpings of Menudo, with a twist"
  2. ^ "We the Party (2012) - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3481000/
  5. ^ https://m.imdb.com/title/tt4203910/
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  7. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3676370/

External links

  • Official website
  • Twitter / YouTube
  • Carlito Olivero on IMDb
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