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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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Brian    

jovany has been posting a bunch of pics on guyswithiphones.com which is a pretty well known gay site...just sayin'

1252 days ago
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Brenda    

STOP calling Jon GAY!!!! Jon is married to a beautiful wife with two beautiful childern...google him and then talk, otherwise please SHUT THE F*** UP!
I know Jon very well and he is a great guy....

1250 days ago
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