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|Birth name||Carlos Emmanuel Olivero|
July 16, 1989 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||Pop, Latin pop, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actor, dancer|
- Not to be confused with Adrián Carlos Olivares, another member of Menudo
Carlos Emmanuel Olivero (born July 16, 1989 in Chicago), 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.
Olivero was born and raised in Chicago to a father of Puerto Rican origin and a mother from Mexico. He started very early ever since his parents bought him a karaoke machine and he started singing to its tunes. His father and some of his uncles and aunts 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)
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.
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, 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.
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 Times warner cable
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". 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.
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.
Discography / Videography
- featured in
- 2010: "Brown Eyed Girl" (Royalty featuring Carlito)
- 2011: "Hit Me (BBM Me) If You Miss Me" (Baby Bash featuring Carlito and Printz Board)
- 2012: "Tabloid Truth" (J-Dash featuring Carlito)
- 2012: Rizzoli & Isles (TV series,season 3, episode 13 "Virtual Love" as Reuben Sanchez)
- 2012: We the Party as Paco
- 2014: Chocolate City as Raphael 
- 2014: Modern Family (TV Series, season 6, episode 9 "Strangers in the Night" as Teddy)
- Houston Chronicle: Joey Guerra blog: "Three big helpings of Menudo, with a twist"
- "We the Party (2012) - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 17 April 2012.