Carlos Armando Ponce, Jr. (born September 4 1972) is a Puerto Rican actor, singer, composer and TV personality of Cuban descent, known as simply Carlos Ponce. He starred in the Telemundo serial Dame Chocolate (Give Me Chocolate).
In 1990, Ponce participated in the Southeastern Theater Conference and competed for the chance to win a scholarship. He won and enrolled in the New World School of the Arts conservatory. However, the Spanish language television station Univision offered Ponce the opportunity to host a show called "Hablando" (Talking). This was his first serious television debut and after his debut he gave up his university studies.
In between productions, Ponce returned to Miami and Univision hired him as the host of a new show, Control. He hosted the show for three years and won an "ACE Award". He hosted the 2006 Miss Universe pageant in Los Angeles, with Shandi Finnessey, Nancy O'Dell and Carson Kressley.
In 2003, Ponce joined Entertainment Tonight as a correspondent. He also hosted An Entertainment Tonight Event — Celebrity Weddings Unveiled, a CBS primetime special. Ponce, now no longer with ET, he starred in the Telemundo NBC Universal soap opera Dame Chocolate (Give Me Chocolate) alongside Genesis Rodriguez & Karla Monroig.
On the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks Carlos Ponce reached the number-one spot three times with "Rezo" (I Pray), "Decir Adiós" (Say Good-Bye) and "Escúchame" (Listen to Me)
|1999||"Busco una Mujer"||26|
|2000||"La Razón de mi Ser"||18|
|2001||"Mujer con Pantalones"||15|
In 2000, Ponce recorded his second album, Todo lo que Soy (Everything that I Am). The World Athletic Games held in Seville, Spain adopted the song "Amelia" from Ponce's second album as its official theme. That same year, he was contracted by the Walt Disney Studios to vocalize the song "Bella Notte" for the animated film, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. He also appeared in ABC's drama series Once and Again
After the tragedy of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Ponce joined a group of 100 Latin American singers, who united to pay tribute to the victims by recording "Ultimo Adios" ("Last Good-Bye"). The proceeds of the recording were donated to families of the victims.
In 2001 Ponce participated in Televisa production, Sin Pecado Concebido, along with Mexican actress, Angelica Rivera. In 2002, he recorded his third album, Ponce; later that year he signed a contract with Telemundo to host a reality show called "Protagonista de la Musica", which became one of the most popular Hispanic programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
In May 2008, VH1 began a search for America’s “numero uno telenovela star” and will chronicle the journey to stardom in its newest original series, “¡Viva Hollywood!”. The “¡Viva Hollywood!” cast of aspiring Latino and Latina telenovela stars will move into the “Casa De Locos” where they must master the “7 Deadly Sins of Telenovelas”: passion, lust, charisma, drama, fire, seduction and scandal. The “sins” are disciplines each cast member must learn in order to capture the over-the-top style and flair of a true telenovela star and impress the celebrity judges: the award-winning actress and singer Maria Conchita Alonso and accomplished actor singer/song-writer Carlos Ponce. International celebrity astrologer and Latino legend, Walter Mercado, will appear in each episode to give the contestants guidance on their journey and alert the cast of their upcoming challenges. Daisy Fuentes, Angelica Vale, Charo, Cristián de la Fuente, Lorena Rojas, Maria Celeste Arraras and Perez Hilton have signed on as celebrity guest judges that will assist in determining who gets to stay and who will need to go. Each week contestants up for elimination discover their fate by watching their own over the top telenovela death scenes. Ponce started in the second season of Lipstick Jungle, where he played a character called "Rodrigo". He has noted that he selected the program because it could "benefit" his career.
In 2005, Ponce briefly appeared in the movie Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. In 2006, Ponce lent his voice to the controversial recording of the Spanish-language version of the The Star-Spangled Banner, entitled "Nuestro Himno", alongside Wyclef Jean, Gloria Trevi and Olga Tanon.
He hosted the Miss Universe 2006 pageant in Los Angeles, along with Shandi Finnessey, Nancy O'Dell and Carson Kressley. He also appears in the movie Just My Luck, with Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine and Mcfly.