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Dayanara Torres wins ballroom competition, gets $50K for charity



Former beauty-queen Dayanara Torres lives up to her moniker “Dancing Queen” by clinching the grand prize at the recently concluded season five of “Mira Quién Baila (Look Who’s Dancing, MQB).”

Dayanara Torres (Instagram) /

Dayanara Torres (Photos from Instagram)

“Mira Quién Baila” is a Spanish hit dance competition broadcast on Univision in the United States.

Torres went up against former “Nuestra Belleza Latin (Our Latin Beauty)” champion and entertainment co-host of the morning show “Despierta America (Wake Up, America),” Ana Patricia Gamez and Olympic gymnast and medalist Danell Leyva.

The Miss Universe 1993 danced her way to the top and captured the hearts of fans around, winning with 51 % of the votes while Gamez and Leyva garnered 26 % and 23 % votes, respectively.

Torres was awarded $50,000 for her charity of choice, San Jorge Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of children in Puerto Rico. She also received the “Premio A la Más Vista” (Most Viewed Award), a special recognition for having three of her dance videos register as the “most-watched” online during this season of the dance reality.

The other two finalists likewise received $5,000 to donate to their respective charities of choice.

Weeks prior, Torres shared snapshots of her performance on Instagram. She dedicated one of her performances to her hometown, Puerto Rico, which at the time, was facing a crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

In an article on Latin Times, professional choreographer Beau ‘Casper’ Smart kicked off the finals night with the three finalists performing their best samba moves to Ricky Martin’s hit song “Vente Pa’Ca.”

Dayanara shows her impressive dancing skills (

Dayanara shows her impressive dancing skills

Round-one performances were themed, “Who Dances It Better?” Each finalist picked a dance, already performed by a previous contestant, that they believed they could dance, but better.

Torres, 43, chose a Broadway dance previously performed by Alejandro Nones. She eventually helmed as the winner of the round as per selected by fans via the Univision Conecta app.

For her finale, the beauty-queen took the stage dancing salsa to the beat of “Escapate Conmigo” by Wisin and Ozuna.

A year after she won Miss Universe, Torres became a celebrity in the Philippines and lived in the country for five years. She appeared in more than 10 Filipino movies, including “Hataw Na” with actor-singer Gary Valenciano.

February this year, Torres made a comeback on the Sunday variety show “ASAP,” where she was one of the original hosts alongside Gary, Martin Nievera, Ariel Rivera and Pops Fernandez.

In an article on ABS-CBN News, the Puerto Rican beauty said she is open to do a movie projects in the Philippines.

“I would love to. Like I said, my kids are now older so I can travel a little more. Absolutely, I would love to,” she was quoted to have said.

Asked who she wants to work with in case a movie pushes through, Torres said: “I’ve been talking to a lot of people. They are giving me a few ideas and stuff but as of now, no one in particular. We’ll decide later.”

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