The Columbus Dispatch

Telemundo’s López reflects on a year of changes

- Sarah Moreno

This year has been all about Adamari López. The Puerto Rican TV host keeps moving up, taking on a new role as judge on “Así se baila,” Telemundo’s dance competitio­n show, in addition to her duties on the morning program “Hoy día.” She just returned from Israel where she served as one of the judges of the Miss Universe pageant.

“I returned happy and full of energy. It was a very nice experience to talk with them [the beauty queens] and learn about the issues they want to talk about and that are so relevant, such as mental health issues some faced; bullying; how we can take care of our environmen­t and how climate change is affecting us,” López said during a Facebook Live with el Nuevo Herald.

López also addressed the controvers­y over the alleged discrimina­tion against the first runner up, Miss Paraguay, Nadia Ferreira, which caused an uproar on social media.

“For many people, a beauty pageant is like the Super Bowl for Americans,” said López, indicating that the decision to choose Miss Universe did not correspond to a single person but to all of the judges, and that she was the only Latina on the panel.

“What more would I have wanted than for a Latina to have emerged as queen of the universe, what more would I have wanted than the one from my own country of Puerto Rico become a finalist, but the organizati­on makes it clear that a range of possibilit­ies must be observed and that it is not only about what strikes a chord with you, but focusing on qualities,” she said.

The presenter believes that any of the finalists: the winner, Harnaaz Sandhu, Nadia Ferreira and Miss South Africa, Lalela Lali Mswane, had qualities to wear the crown.

Comcast helps small businesses

López returns this year as a spokespers­on for Comcast’s campaign to continue helping small businesses. In 2021, the cable company gave 100 companies close to a million dollars and the opportunit­ies to receive subsidies for different purposes extend until Jan. 15, López said, explaining the aid available through the RISE program.

Small businesses can go to comcastris­ and request help with:

● Marketing advice: help with a plan to make the business successful.

● Production and financing of television commercial­s so that the business is known in the area it is establishe­d.

● Technologi­cal upgrades so that the business can keep up to date.

Beginning Jan. 16, Comcast will extend that assistance to businesses that are owned by women and minority women.

A year of changes

If forced to sum up a year in which her career was on the rise, drastic personal changes occurred and she got a spectacula­r new figure, López chooses to call it “a year of opportunit­ies.”

“A year to continue learning, improving, becoming stronger, valuing myself more and valuing more what I have around me, and being grateful, which is always a word that I have on my lips, for the good will of the public, the support of the company, love of my family,” said López.

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