Spot the difference: When Pablo was mistaken for Julio Iglesias

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 19 Oct, 2015 Updated Mon 19 Oct 2015 16:02 CEST
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They both share the surname Iglesias and one elderly Spanish man found it all too much this week when he confused Podemos leader Pablo for legendary crooner Julio.


They are both Spanish and share a surname, and for most people that is where the similarities end.

But one elderly man confused the pony-tailed leader of left-wing political party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, for permatanned Spanish crooner and father-of-Enrique, Julio Iglesias.

Pablo Iglesias was filming with his political rival, Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera, for an interview broadcast on Sunday October 18th when the old man excitedly approached the politician.

"Hola Julio!" he shouts while Pablo Iglesias laughs, not realizing that the old man has mistaken him for the Tom Jones of Spanish pop. 

The old man pats Iglesias on the shoulder as Rivera and television presenter Jordi Évole break out into fits of giggles, realizing that the elderly man is using the wrong name. 

"He's unmistakable!" the man shouts.

The leaders of the two parties that threaten Spain’s traditional two party system (of the Popular Party and the Socialists) in December’s general election went head to head on Évole’s popular television programme, Salvados.

Legendary Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias recently hit the headlines when he became the latest in a long line of celebrities to distance themselves from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over his anti-immigrant comments.

“He’s a clown! And my apologies to clowns,” the singer said, vowing that he would never again perform in any of Trump’s casinos.

How to spot Julio Iglesias:

The world-famous Spanish crooner is most commonly found these days in his sunny habitat of the Dominican Republic, where he enjoys keeping up with his impressive year-round tan. Iglesias burst onto the international pop scene in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest and became an immediate heartthrob, a trait he passed on to his son Enrique. He went on to become one of the biggest selling artists of all time.

Distinguishing features: Comb over, pearly white teeth, a healthy glow, this Iglesias melts heart with his cheesy lovesongs.

How to spot Pablo Iglesias:

The pony-tailed former political science lecture  burst onto the political scene in early 2014 when he formed the anti-austerity radical left party Podemos.  Although his political rally's may have won this 36-year old huge recognition and a fan.base ranging from young disenchanted indignados to grandmothers, he still has a way to go to rival the worldwide audience enjoyed by Julio and has to prove he is a force to be reckoned with at the polls come December. 

Distinguishing features: Pasty faced and pony-tailed, this Iglesias stirs up the crowds with his anti-establishment rhetoric.



The Local 2015/10/19 16:02

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