Charo: 5 Things to Know About the New DWTS Contestant
She’s bringing “Cuchi, Cuchi” to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom!
On Wednesday, DWTS revealed its celebrity-pro pairings during Good Morning America. On the morning show, it was announced that 65-year-old actress and comedian Charo will be dancing with pro partner Keo Motsepe on the upcoming season 24.
Here are five things to know about the actress/flamenco guitarist:
1. Her real name isn’t Charo.
Although audiences know her as Charo, the actress was born as María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baez. Though it’s unknown how she came up with her stage name, we like it.
2. She was born in Spain, where she learned to play guitar.
Charo was born in Murcia, Region of Murcia, Spain. When she was a girl, Charo was a student at Andres Segovia’s school for underprivileged children, where she studied guitar.
“Before him, people associated classical guitar with the tablao, gypsy flamenco, but it never was of the category like piano, viola, cello,” she previously told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Segovia said, ‘Excuse me, if you play that way, then you’ve got to belong to the symphony.’ The institution had great young teachers and students. Everything was a charity. Mr. Segovia, between…