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Cristián de la Fuente
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Celebrity Profile
Birth Date 10 March 1974 (1974-03-10) (age 48)
Hometown Santiago, Chile
Known For Soap opera actor

Dancing with the Stars 6

Partner(s) Cheryl Burke
Placement 3rd
Highest Score 28 (Mambo & Samba)
Lowest Score 20 (Quickstep)
Average Score 25.2

Cristián de la Fuente Sabarots is a celebrity from Season 6 of Dancing with the Stars.

Early Life

Cristian De la Fuente was born in Santiago, Chile, the only child of chemist Hugo de la Fuente (died 1996) and Adriana Sabarots, a homemaker of French descent. He served in the Chilean Air Force reserve prior to attending the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, where he pursued a degree in civil engineering. While still a sophomore, de la Fuente was discovered by a talent scout and encouraged to enter the country's Super Teen contest, which he won. This was soon followed by roles in several soap operas, including Eclipse de luna (Canal 13, 1997), as well as a stint as host of Chile's top-rated variety series, Venga conmigo (Canal 13, 1995-2002). Cristian de la Fuente was a popular television actor in South America before breaking into the U.S. markets with appearances in several independent films. He eventually worked his way up to supporting roles in Hollywood features like Basic (2003) and popular television shows like CSI: Miami (CBS, 2002) and Soñar no cuesta nada (Venevision, 2005).

More Stateside work increased de la Fuente's profile with American audiences; he made his motion picture debut alongside Sylvester Stallone in Renny Harlin's racing drama Driven (2001), and partnered with Jon Bon Jovi as a vampire-hunting priest in Vampires: Los Muertos in 2002. De la Fuente also turned up in John McTiernan's military thriller Basic (2003) opposite John Travolta, and enjoyed several appearances on CSI: Miami as lab tech Sam Belmontes between 2003 and 2004.

De la Fuente had supporting roles in the indie romantic drama Sueño (2005) with John Leguizamo and the Latin-themed comedy Once Upon a Wedding (2005). He was a popular host for Spanish-language specials and series during this period, including the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards, the music variety show Premios Juventud 2006 and the Chilean reality series Golpe bajo (2007), for which he also served as executive producer and writer. In 2005, he starred in the popular Venezuelan daytime soap Soñar no cuesta nada, which filmed in Miami. The busy actor also found time to guest-star in three episodes of UPN's One on One (2001–06), appear in a recurring role on the short-lived CBS comedy The Class (2006), and an episode of the wildly popular Ugly Betty (ABC, 2006- ). Amidst all the acting gigs, he continued to maintain his status with the Chilean Air Force, for which he occasionally performed as part of the aerial acrobatic troupe, Halcones.

In 2008, de la Fuente's exposure in American markets grew exponentially larger when it was announced that he would perform as one of the celebrity dancers in the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars. He also began work on Love and Virtue (2008), an epic historical drama with an all-star cast, including Peter O’Toole, John Malkovich, and Stephen Dillane.

Career

1998-2003

De la Fuente was spotted by a talent scout during his sophomore year as a civil engineering major at Santiago's Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and won a contest as Chile's next "Super Teen". Beginning with small network roles in prime time, he quickly went on to star in four prime time dramas including Eclipse de Luna and the highly acclaimed televised theatrical production of La Tía de Carlos. He starred in Chile's number-one rated variety program Venga Conmigo (Come With Me), the comedy Mi Tío y Yo (My Uncle and Me) and the MTV-style music and dance program Generación 2000 (Generation 2000).

In 1998, de la Fuente was contracted by Sony and Telemundo for a drama series remake of Starsky and Hutch called Reyes y Rey. The weekly hour format did not catch on with Hispanic viewers and it was soon cancelled. He was a guest star on Pensacola: Wings of Gold. He has also appeared regularly on Family Law. He has starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in Driven, in John Carpenter's Vampires: Los Muertos with Jon Bon Jovi, as well as the independent thriller, Minimal Knowledge. For his starring role in Minimal Knowledge, de la Fuente won the Individual Achievement Award for Best Male Actor at the Ajijic (Mexico) International Film Festival.

De la Fuente's hosting credits include MGM's Road to the Academy Awards for Latin America and the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. He has also presented at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, The World Music Awards, and the Alma Awards. De la Fuente also turned up in John McTiernan’s military thriller, Basic, opposite John Travolta, and enjoyed several appearances on CSI: Miami as lab tech Sam Belmontes between 2003 and 2004.

2004-2007

In 2004, De la Fuente hosted alongside Kate del Castillo the first annual Premios Juventud on the Univision television network. In 2005, he starred in the Venevisión's Miami-made telenovela, Soñar No Cuesta Nada, starring alongside Mexican actresses Karyme Lozano and Laura Zapata. It was a huge hit in the daytime slot on Univisión. It ran about 191 episodes and 9 months on air. On Univisión there were talks for him to host a night time talk show, but nothing came of it. He also had a recurring role as "Aaron" in the CBS sitcom, The Class.

In 2005, Cristián was seen in supporting roles in the indie romantic drama Sueno with John Leguizamo and the Latin-themed comedy Once Upon a Wedding. He was a popular host for Spanish-language specials and series during this period, including the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards, the music variety show 2006 Premios Juventud and the Chilean reality series Golpe Bajo, for which he also served as executive producer and writer.

2008-Present

Fuentes hosted the Latin Grammy Awards of 2008 13 November 2008 in Houston, Texas.

In 2009, Fuentes guest starred in the telenovelas Fuego en la sangre as Demian Ferrer, and Corazón salvaje as Renato.

From 2008 to 2010, Fuentes played Raphael "Raph" Ramírez, a minor league baseball player and semi-boyfriend of Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) in In Plain Sight.

Fuentes returned to Chile to film Season 2 of his TV show Golpe Bajo, similar to MTV's series Punk'd.

Fuentes also had a recurring role in Brothers & Sisters from 2009-2010.

Fuentes had recurring roles in ABC's Private Practice during its fourth season and ABC Family's The Nine Lives of Chloe King during its first and only season.

Cristián de la Fuente will star as the protagonist in Carlos Moreno Laguillo's telenovela, El Aroma de tu Amor.

Dancing with the Stars 6

De la Fuente appeared as a contestant in the sixth season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars with dance partner Cheryl Burke. They trained at Palm Beach, Florida's Paramount Ballroom, which is owned by former U.S. Nine-Dance Champion Alec Lazo. De la Fuente suffered a ruptured tendon in his left arm biceps in the 28 April 2008 episode of Dancing with the Stars. The following week, performing with his injured arm, he and Burke led the field. He was eliminated 20 May 2008 in 3rd place.

Scores

Week # Dance/Song Judges' Scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Bang Bang" 7 7 7 No elimination
2 Quickstep/ "Americano" 7 6 7 Last to be called safe
3 Jive/ "Don't Stop Me Now" 8 8 9 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ "La Virgen de la Macarena" 9 8 9 Safe
5 Rumba/ "If You're Not the One" 7 8 8 Bottom two
6 Foxtrot/ "Come Fly with Me"
Country Western/"Cotton-Eyed Joe"
9
No
9
scores
9
given
Safe
7 Viennese Waltz/ "I'll Make Love to You"
Samba/ "Sobe Son"
8
7
8
7
9
7
Safe
8 Tango/ "Beat It"
Mambo/ "Saca Tu Mujer"
10
10
9
9
9
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz/ "Satellite"
Samba/ "Sweetheart From Venezuela"
9
10
9
9
9
10
Last to be called safe
10
Finals
Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Dancing on the Ceiling"
Freestyle/ "Suavemente"
8
9
9
8
9
9
Third place

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