Gloria Estefan confirms she turned down Super Bowl halftime show after Jennifer Lopez complained
Gloria Estefan appeared to take a light-hearted jab at Jennifer Lopez on Tuesday night, as she confirmed she turned down a chance to appear with her at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show.
The 64-year-old Cuban-American singer suggested on Watch What Happens Live that J.Lo, 52, might have been upset to join the already overcrowded roster of performers, including Shakira co-headlining and making guest appearances from Bad. Bunny, J. Balvin and even Lopez’ child Emme.
In her new Netflix documentary Halftime, host Andy Cohen brought up the Super Bowl performance in response to Lopez’s complaints about having to share the stage with Shakira.
No thanks: Gloria Estefan, 64, confirmed on Watch What Happens Live Tuesday that she turned down an offer to sing on the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show, which Jennifer Lopez headlined with Shakira.
Estefan confirmed that she had been approached to participate in the Latin music show, but she turned down the Super Bowl organizers because it was already overcrowded.
“Look, this is the bottom line. You have very little time, about 12 minutes or so, to get things on and off the set,” she explained.
‘So, could you do it with one person? Yes, but I think they wanted to give a Miami and Latin extravaganza and they tried to put in as much as possible.”
She added a light-hearted jab to the Hustlers star as she went on, joking, “Okay, and imagine what J.Lo would have said if I was the third [performer]†
Too much: Estefan said the show is just too overcrowded for such a short amount of time. “Look, this is the bottom line. You have very little time, about 12 minutes or so, to get things on and off the set,” she explained
Themed evening: ‘So, could you do it with one person? Yes, but I think they wanted to give a Miami and Latin extravaganza and they tried to pack it in as much as possible’; Shakira and J.Lo seen in 2020
On her bad side: She added a light-hearted jab to the Hustlers star as she went on, joking: “OK, and imagine what J.Lo would have said if I was the third [performer]† seen in 2020
‘I would literally come out, done Shake Your Body’ [her hit single Conga!] and out. It was their moment,” she continued, before adding humorously, “Besides, I didn’t want to go on a diet in December.”
Andy teased Estefan, who was joined by her Father Of The Bride colleague Andy Garcia, in response to Lopez’s comment in her Halftime documentary in which she sounded bitter about being forced to co-head the show.
“This is the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl,” she said, adding that the performance “was something I had worked for for years and hoped for for years.”
Her manager Benny Medina was on the same page for his interview in her Halftime documentary.
“It was an insult to think you needed two Latinas to do the work that one artist has done in the past,” he said.
Jennifer and Shakira apparently got along better as rehearsal progressed, but the Colombian singer has yet to comment on the Waiting For Tonight singer’s comments.
An expert: Gloria has a lot of experience with halftime Super Bowl shows as she has performed on two in the past while most performers are lucky enough to be featured in one show during their career
Gloria has a lot of experience with Super Bowl halftime shows as she has performed with two in the past while most performers are lucky enough to be featured in one show during their career.
She sang at the 1992 Winter Magic show, a tribute to the Winter Olympics, with a large youth orchestra, members of the color guard and hundreds of dancers.
She was back in 1999 for a more star-studded rest show. Estefan was joined onstage by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Stevie Wonder, who also sang a duet with her.
Duplicate: She sang on the 1992 Winter Magic show, a tribute to the Winter Olympics, with a large youth orchestra, color guard members and hundreds of dancers, and returned for a duet with Stevie Wonder in 1999; seen in 1999