Henry Escalante is featured as a contestant in the MTV network’s competitive reality television series Making Menudo. He is 18 years old and hails from North Bergen, NJ. Though musically talented enough to become a finalist, Henry has constantly had to make his way through life in the shadow of his twin brother, who was more outgoing and active. As they grew up together in New Jersey, Henry faced a tough time and struggled to break free of his shyness, his timid personality holding him back in a number of social situations. More than anything else, he wants to prove himself as a self-confident and energetic performer and be able to impress others.
Throughout their stay in the penthouse, Henry acts as his peers’ conscience and guide, being older and wiser despite his shyness. He tries to keep them from going too far and to keep their often-wild behavior in check, by perceptively pointing out to them the truths about how and why they act the way they do. His desire to become part of the final five for Menudo is particularly strong, since he believes this may very well be his last shot at becoming a successful performer and presence in the music industry.
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