Lourdes Valentin wants to set the record straight. The jazz singer — the entertainment for a private wedding in Key Biscayne last weekend — made headlines when she grabbed a guest out of the audience for a duet. The guest happened to be Jon Bon Jovi.
According to a video circulating around YouTube and shot by Cool Coconut Studios, Bon Jovi at first looked reluctant when Valentin began singing his 1986 hit Livin’ on a Prayer, and gesturing to bring him up to the stage. The guests looked excited and were singing along and snapping pics. After about a minute, the music legend smiled, took the mic and stood up and began the classic lyrics: “Tommy’s got his six-string in hock…” Since the video was posted, Valentin says she has been getting her share of haters.
A New York Daily News story read: “Jon Bon Jovi resentfully sings ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ at wedding.” Slate’s headline said he “reluctantly” participated. YouTube commenters complain Jon was “ambushed” and “put on the spot.” Valentin is upset. “It was such a great, beautiful moment,” said the Aventura resident, adding she asked the Bon Jovi frontman beforehand if he was interested in performing with her.
“He told me, ‘I don’t think I’m gonna sing, but let’s see how the night goes.’” The 54-year-old rocker does seem to eventually get into the groove and after the song ended, kissed and hugged her before returning to his seat. “I really didn’t want to upset anyone,” said Valentin. “I thought people would enjoy it, but I guess I was wrong.”