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Jon Secada Mentoring 'Idol' Cast-Off

4/28/2011 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Secada was so moved when he watched "American Idol" contestant Jovany Barreto perform one of his songs on the show this season ... he agreed to mentor the kid ... TMZ has learned.

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TMZ spoke with Barreto -- a Top 24 finisher -- who tells us he reached out to Secada after performing the Grammy winner's hit song "Angel" ... hoping to get some feedback from his idol. 

Jon told the kid he was impressed -- and offered to take 23-year-old Barreto under his wing ... "kind of like a mentor of sorts."

Jovany immediately moved to Miami to pursue the opportunity -- and Secada tells us there are plans in the works to record something together in the very near future.

Secada adds, "I think he's a very talented singer and can be a great asset to the music industry singing both in English and Spanish."


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sonny    

FIRST!

1211 days ago
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ciimonstr    

sucka G**!!

1211 days ago
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Truth    

LOSER... TRUTH IS NO ONE GONNA BUY SECADA'S ****. IT'S 2011 NOT 1955. TRUTH!!!

1210 days ago
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electriczipper    

so he is secadas butler...or gay boyfreind maybe

1210 days ago
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Stiletto    

Father and son rumpriders flashing gang signs...Lord love a duck...now I've seen everything.

1210 days ago
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babygyrl83    

In American Sign Language Jovany's Hand Gesture means A**hole

1210 days ago
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ronni78    

Why does that dude's face look so chizzled?

1210 days ago
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Girl4Reba    

Very well said, Melissa. I think American Idol totally missed the opportunity to really add something fresh and new this season -- when they failed to pick Jovany as a Wildcard. SPANGLISH It after all -- was Jovany who started that trend on American Idol, others chose to follow suit, but Jovany started the trend I have come to love.
I've been a fan since the 1:14 minute mark of his audition, when the music & vocal delivery almost brought him to his knees. My ship sailed. Honestly, I was totally crushed when he wasn't chosen, my Idol season was over on 3/3/11. I've always believed in a much grander plan than AI for Jovany. Jon Secada is that plan. Jovany's long time fans are grateful and proud. Dear lord in heaven I pray for a Jovany Barreto cover of Jon Secada's Angel.

1210 days ago
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Nola     

This Idol cast off has such a small ass mouth.... very odd.....

1210 days ago
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Terr    

Wow didn't know that Idol had contestants that are affiliated with East side Piru. Lol!!!! What a fool!!! That dudes gonna get lit-up and won't even know why.

1210 days ago
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duhwinner    

dude is soooo ugly

1210 days ago
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victorpark    

They look like a couple of butt pirates together...

1210 days ago
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maansman    

Jon is the man! 3 Grammy's and more than 20 million albums sold worldwide! There is no better voice! You go Jon!

1210 days ago
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Jos    

My uncle was friends with Jon Secada and I was told he was gay... seems to me he's a cougar on the prowl!

1210 days ago
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noneofyourbusiness    

Jon has a wonderful voice. I think it is nice he offered to mentor this kid. Why so much hate? Don't get it.

1210 days ago
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