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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2002 12:00 am

By Dulcinea Cuellar

The Monitor

Wearing a white dress shirt and dark pants, Lesandro Izaguirre is the picture of an impeccable dresser.

The 31-year-old McAllen residents long black hair is perfectly pinned back in a sleek pony tail and his hands are neatly manicured.

But come Friday night, Izaguirres long hair will be tousled, shirt will be untucked and his beaming smile will turn into a devilish grin.

Izaguirre, a calm-mannered receptionist at a local hair salon, and a couple of friends are planning to let their hair down, go wild and see Latin singing sensation Enrique Iglesias this weekend.

Izaguirre will be one of the more than 2,000 screaming fans who will attend Fridays concert at La Villa Real Special Events Center in McAllen. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show starts around 8:30 p.m.

The concert, "An Evening with Enrique," is expected to be sold out, said Nano Ramirez, promoter for the center.

Tickets for the show are $85, $105 and $155 and must be purchased at the special events center, but Izaguirre said he doesnt mind paying the price to see Iglesias concert.

"I havent seen a concert since 1995," he said of Madonnas Erotica concert in Mexico City. "So I think its about time I see another one."

Besides, he said, how often does a super star like Iglesias come to South Texas?

"Im really surprised hes coming here," Izaguirre said.

It seems like border towns like Laredo and McAllen are finally bringing the big names to concert venues, Izaguirre added.

"I mean Chers coming to Laredo," he said of the Divas Nov. 23 concert. "So why cant Enrique come to McAllen?"

Billy Santiago, the operations manager for KBFM-FM B-104, the areas only Top 40 station, said hes also not surprised Iglesias is making a stop in McAllen.

"He has a huge fan base down here," Santiago said. "He was real popular when he was doing Spanish and now hes even more popular."

He also said people in border towns like Matamoros and Reynosa love him and are expected to attend the concert.

"Look at the market, theres (more than) 750,000 people in this market and thats pretty big," Santiago explained.

He said listeners go so crazy over Iglesias that the radio station plays his songs at least seven times a day.

"Right now since hes coming down, weve been playing him more," Santiago said. "We play Bailamos, The Rhythm Divine, and a bunch of other songs."

Along with singing crowd favorites, Iglesias is also expected to sing songs from his latest album, Quizs, released Sept. 18.

Quizs, which translates to perhaps in English, is a collection of 11 Spanish tracks, all produced and co-written by Iglesias.

According to a press release, Iglesias recorded Quizs while in the middle of a hectic, worldwide promotion tour for his 2001 multi-platinum release, Escape.

Iglesias said that after doing an all-English album it was time to go back to his Spanish roots.

"I decided to do a Spanish album because I love working," he said in the press release. "While I was promoting my English album I started writing songs for this album. I felt that I had enough songs to create an album and I didnt want to wait any longer. There are songs that have a magic that you can control, and those are the ones on the record."

According to his media relations company in California, the first single from the album is the romantic bolero "Mentiroso," is already a top radio track and the only song not recently written.

"I wrote the song nearly two years ago in Los Angeles when I started playing the piano," he explained in her press release. "All of a sudden the word mentiroso came up. I loved the melody. I was nearly done recording Quizs, when I remembered it and brought it into the studio to record. I really liked the way it turned out and decided to include it in the album."

There is something for every fan on this record, Iglesias contends.

"I cant say enough for my fans," he said in his press release. "They have been with me almost seven years, since I started, and I feel they have grown with me every album I release. They are loyal."

Iglesias also said he enjoys performing and making "his audience swoon."

"Touring is my favorite thing to do," he said in a written press release. "I love the adrenaline I feel when Im on stage and the energy I get from my fans."

Iglesias fall tour is expected to be one of the most successful of the season.

According to Billboard, the first leg of his tour drew critical reviews.

Delivered by a 10-piece band, his material in concert "retains the well-crafted pop charms that make them radio staples," his press release touts, while the New York Daily News called his tour "delightful."

Enrique is so popular in the United States that even non-Spanish pop fans like him.

Lupe Duque, associate manager of the Sam Goody music store at McAllens La Plaza Mall, said even he listens to Enriques music, even though hes not a true fan.

"His Escape CD was pretty good," he said. "And I dont even listen to that type of music."

Despite not listening to pop music, Duque admitted that he even bought the CD.

As for Izaguirre, the mild-mannered receptionist, seeing Iglesias in concert is going to be a real treat, even if it does have an $85 price tag.

"I dont mind paying that much to see Enrique," he said.

Izaguirre said hes looking forward to hearing several songs from Enriques collection.

Izaguirre said that Iglesias "Experiencia Religosa," is one his favorite songs.

"Its from one of his older albums," Izaguirre said.

Iglesias show is expected to energy-driven and is expected to sing tune from all of his albums.

"Ive heard hes a great performer and I know itll be a good show," Izaguirre said.

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