'Sábado Gigante' Finale Lineup: Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Daddy Yankee Among Confirmed to Make Appearances
When "Sábado Gigante" comes to an end on Sept. 19, several of music's biggest superstars will be returning to say goodbye to the show and the man, Don Francisco, who helped launch their careers.
According to Billboard, Gloria Estefan, Juanes, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Paulina Rubio, Laura Pausini, Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Espinoza Paz, Intocable and Prince Royce are all scheduled to return to the beloved show for performances and appearances during the finale.
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"Sábado Gigante" holds the record for the longest-running variety show in history with 53 years on the air. It's host Don Francisco, born Mario Kreutzberger, is one of the most beloved television icons. Over the years, he has helped launch the careers of various artists like Daddy Yankee, and he has contributed to a variety of charities that benefit the Latino community.
"Don Francisco was the first person who gave me a shot on national television," said the reggaeton artist. "I'll always be indebted to him. His contribution to -- and influence in -- the Latino community has no limit. He is an example and a true leader."
When news of the show coming to an end was announced in April, as Time reported, singer Enrique Iglesias shared his gratitude and love for the 73-year-old host.
"Fifty-three years on TV is easy to say, but it's an incredible record," said Iglesias. "Don Francisco will always be unique and irreplaceable. I am so grateful because I started my career on the show and I'm sure a lot of my colleagues will agree with me that he has been like a father figure to all of us. Thank you Don Mario."
In anticipation of the finale, which airs on Saturday, Sept. 19, celebrities and fans of the show have been using social media to promote the episode with the hashtag #SSHastaSimpre, which is also the name of the finale.
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