José José: the After Party

For everyone who’s having trouble letting go….


This is an open thread for discussion of the current airing of the show in the US. No summaries, no recaps, just chat. All standard blog policies still apply.

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Sara
Autora/ Author

*sob*

No. No. I’m fine.

Sara
Autora/ Author

Paging Linda F. – I haven’t forgotten that you wondered how they would explain the loss of JJ’s voice. You said you heard some weird explanation in an interview. Did they stick with it in this show?

Linda F.
Visita/ Guest
Linda F.

So sorry for the delay! I’ve been traveling. For years, JJ has insisted that he lost his voice because Anel put a curse on him. All those scenes of brujería in the series were dead serious. JJ really believes in it and attributes his voice loss to Anel’s black magic. Sara, didn’t you say you were planning to read JJ’s autobiography? That would be one way we could find out how many of the secondary characters were fictional and if Gonzalo was anything like the way he was portrayed in the series. We do know that Chuma was real and… Read more »

Linda F.
Visita/ Guest
Linda F.

They also changed the timeline of when she secretly gave him the anti-alcohol drug. I’m pretty sure that occurred during the marriage. In his interviews, I’ve never seen him accuse Kiki of witchcraft.

Sara
Autora/ Author

Could they have changed a few things for legal reasons? Is Anel still alive? Maybe Kiki’s estate was ok with that little change? Maybe I’m full of it? 😛

Linda F.
Visita/ Guest
Linda F.

Not only is Anel live and kicking, but she continues to give interviews about her relationship with JJ! She doesn’t seem able to let go. I’ve heard her say a few times that she “hopes he forgives her someday,” but it’s not clear exactly what she’s referring to.

Sara
Autora/ Author

I’m trying not to be hard on Anel, but I’ve read that the bit about the brother mismanaging the money is true. She had to know what was going on. So when I hear tm she’s giving interviews I have to wonder if they are paid interviews and she’s still taking advantage of JJ. But I admit that I’ve been influenced by the show which may not be representing the whole story/truth.

Linda F.
Visita/ Guest
Linda F.

Oops, that should be El Chumo, not Chuma!

Sara
Autora/ Author

No worries! I’m glad you are safely back.

Well that explains all the brujería at the beginning. Interesting. I do plan to eventually get to that autobiography, but I also still have to get to the authorized biography of Juan Gabriel (that I told myself I would read after Hasta que te concocí. Summer vacation is coming up so I need to get to those.

Linda F.
Visita/ Guest
Linda F.

Kat, thanks for doing an After Party! A few comments:

I’m impressed that Alejandro de la Madrid managed to convince me he was JJ, despite the fact that the real singer is just 5’7″ and has a delicate build. Alejandro really disguised his naturally imposing physique.

Even though I ended up despising him, I was curious about the ultimate fate of Pedro. We never got an explanation of what happened to him after leaving the disquera. Or did I miss something?

Sara
Autora/ Author

I don’t remember seeing him either. That’s one thing I did like about the show though, they had stories with a beginning, middle and end and when a character’s story is over they didn’t keep them around wasting story time. Although I do sort of wish we had some closure with Pedro in particular..

Sara
Autora/ Author

I forgot to agree with you about Alejandro de Madrid’s performance. I am quickly becoming a fan. He seems very connected with his fans and interacts with them a lot on Twitter.

Linda F.
Visita/ Guest
Linda F.

It’s interesting to me that, as much as I enjoyed this series, the one I’m *really* missing is Secretos. It was just so moody and atmospheric, and I could watch Mete Horozoğlu (Elmer) in anything! I also can’t resist a mystery, which is why I liked CET, despite all its flaws.

Sara
Autora/ Author

Neither can I. I think that’s what appealed to me too. I liked Cuna de lobos and La verdad oculta for the same reasons.

Hopefully we can get another mystery soon.

I was so hoping Telemundo would replace Secretos with another Turkish novela. Right now I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a good Brazilian novela to replace Reglas del juego.

Linda F.
Visita/ Guest
Linda F.

Cuna is one of my all-time favorites! Thanks for the tip on La verdad oculta.

Sara
Autora/ Author

I feel lucky to have caught Cuna on the Tlenovelas channel. They don’t show the ones from the 80s very often and definitely don’t show the classics much.

LVO flounders here and there, but overall it’s good storytelling.