While appearing on Watch What Happens Live, Estefan revealed she was actually asked to appear alongside the duo at the sporting event but turned down the invitation.
Besides, she said, Lopez would not have been happy if asked to share the stage with another musician.
“OK, and imagine what J.Lo would have said if I was the third [performer]!” Estefan told host Andy Cohen. “I literally would come out, done ‘Shake Your Body’ [‘Conga’] and out. It was their moment. Plus, I didn’t want to go on a diet in December.” Watch the clip above.
In case you missed it, in Lopez’s Netflix documentary Halftime, released last week, she expressed her apprehension about sharing the Super Bowl stage with Shakira.
Lopez argued that the NFL should have picked just one of them to headline the show as they were both big enough names to pull in the ratings.
“This is the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl,” Lopez, 52, said of performing with Shakira, 45. “This is something I have been working for and hoping for for years.”
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Elsewhere in the doco, Lopez’s longtime manager Benny Medina agreed, saying: “It was an insult to think that you needed two Latinas to do the job that one artist historically has done.”
On WWHL, Estefan – who has headlined the Halftime show in 1992 and 1999 – said the time restraints suggest it would be better to have only one artist perform at the event.
“Look, this is the bottom line. You have very little time, like 12 minutes or something, to get things on and off the set,” she said.
“So, could you do it with one person? Yes, but I think they wanted to throw a Miami and Latin extravaganza and they tried to pack it as much as possible. They killed it. That was an amazing show.”
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