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Clarissa Molina Wins “Mira Quién Baila All Stars,” $25,000 for Humanitarian Aid in the Dominican Republic

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Clarissa Molina wins “MQB All Stars” and receives $25,000 for Monumento Viviente de Nueva York Foundation

MIAMI, February 10, 2019 — In its star-studded finale on Sunday night, “Mira Quién Baila All Stars” crowned fan favorite Clarissa Molina the winner.  Actress/singer Amara La Negra came in second, followed by El Dasa and Pedro Moreno in third and fourth place respectively.

Only three percentage points separated the winner and finalist, both Dominican, in what producers call the most tightly contested final rounds in the seven-season history of the mega-hit dance competition where celebrities dance for charity.

Molina, with 30 percent of votes cast by viewers via the Univision Conecta app, edged out Amara La Negra’s 27 percent to win $25,000 for Monumento Viviente de Nueva York Foundation, which supports educational and humanitarian efforts in the Dominican Republic. Amara La Negra won $15,000 for the Dominican Women’s Development Center, which works to empower women and advance gender equality.

Regional music superstar El Dasa, with 23 percent of votes cast, won $10,000 for the César Chávez Foundation. Cuban-American actor and model Pedro Moreno (20 percent) will donate his $5,000 to the Mother of Christ Catholic Church and School in Miami.

The final four contestants, also determined by audience vote, were narrowed to two, who performed a final routine before co-hosts Chiquinquirá Delgado and Javier Poza announced the winner.

Molina, Miss Dominican Republic 2015 who stars opposite Ozuna in the feature film “Qué León!,” joins the ranks of other Univision personalities who graced the “Mira Quién Baila” dance floor.  Puerto Rican actor/singer/host Johnny Lozada won Season 4 in 2013.  Mexican co-host of “Despierta América” Ana Patricia Gámez placed second in Season 5 in 2017.  Both Lozada and Gámez returned to the MQB stage in tonight’s final as partners to Molina and El Dasa, respectively, in the closing numbers of the show.

Last season’s winner, Colombian actress/singer Greeicy Rendón, also shared the stage with Pedro Moreno; and Cuban-American Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva, who placed third in Season 5, partnered with Amara La Negra.

At the start of this season, eight contestants faced the music as judges YuriDayanara Torres (Season 5 winner), and Beau “Casper” Smart evaluated their performances and tagged some for elimination.  The celebrities were paired with professional dancers under the direction of master choreographer Rodrigo Basurto.  The charities benefiting from a total of $75,000 in prize money were determined by the dancers themselves and represent causes to which they are personally committed.

The characteristically spectacular “MQB All Stars” pulled out all the stops in the season finale with performances by Natti Natasha (“Me Gusta,” “Sin Pijama”) the most nominated artist in the upcoming Premio Lo Nuestro (February 21 on Univision), and Regional Mexican legend Gerardo Ortiz(“EL Aroma de Tu Piel”).

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