Gloria Estefan Jokes That She Turned Down Joining Jennifer Lopez, Shakira For Super Bowl Halftime Show Because She "Didn't Want To Go On A Diet"
It could've been a triple bill featuring Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Gloria Estefan.
Gloria Estefan rejected the chance to perform the Super Bowl halftime show in 2020.
The 64-year-old singer has joked that she declined an invite to perform the halftime show because she "didn't want to go on a diet in December".
Estefan — who previously performed the halftime show in 1992, 1995, and 1999 — said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday (June 21): "I've done a couple of Super Bowls. I didn't want to go on a diet in December. It's Christmas!"
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira became the first two Latina women to co-headline the halftime show in 2020.
But Estefan admitted that it's not an easy gig to get right. Speaking about Lopez and Shakira's performance at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Sound Machine singer explained: "This is the bottom line, you have very little time.
"You have like 12 minutes or something to get things on and off the set. So could you do it [with] one person? Yes. But I think they wanted to throw a Miami and Latin extravaganza. They tried to pack in as much as possible and they killed it. An amazing show."
Lopez complained in her recent Netflix documentary Halftime that having two performers at the halftime show was "the worst idea in the world".
The 2020 halftime show ran for around 14 minutes, and Lopez bemoaned how the event was organised, arguing they both should've been afforded more time.
In the film, the 'Jenny from the Block' hitmaker said to Shakira: "If it was going to be a double headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes."
In response to Lopez's comments, Estefan said: "Okay, and imagine what JLo would've said if I would've been the third [performer]. I literally would've come out, done 'Come and shake your body' [and 'Conga'] out."
Estefan is now starring alongside Andy Garcia in Father of the Bride, now streaming on HBO Go.
— BANG SHOWBIZ
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