“American Idol” Jorge Nuñez Receives Encouragement From Marc Anthony Jennifer Lopez

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American Idol contestant Jorge Nuñez got the surprise of his life when host Ryan Seacrest passed on a message from Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez saying that “they couldn’t be prouder.”

Jorge, a native of Puerto Rico, cracked the coveted Top 12 13 on the eighth season of American Idol earlier this week without breaking a sweat. Bronx, NY-born entertainers Marc and Jennifer are also of Puerto Rican descent.

“That is the best thing that ever happened to me,” says Jorge, 21. “They are so famous here. Imagine how famous they are in Puerto Rico. They told me they were brought to tears by my performance. That is the first time I ever heard from them. Oh, my God. They know who I am.”