Updated 08:11 PM EST, Fri, Mar 05, 2021

Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias & Prince Royce Confirmed For 'Sabado Gigante' Final Episode

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Univision's "Sabado Gigante" will have its send-off episode on Sept. 19. The longest-running variety show hosted and created by Don Francisco, whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger, is bowing after 33 years of being on-air and will showcase a bunch of entertainers in its finale.

Among the lineup of superstars confirmed to grace the farewell episode of "Sabado Gigante" are Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Prince Royce, Paulina Rubio, Laura Pausini, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Espinoza Paz, and Intocable, Billboard reported from Univision. According to the network, the artists' appearance is a combination of live performances and other acts. More details will be revealed by Univision in the coming days.

Plenty of the performers mentioned above have significant ties with Kreutzberger, who gave them an opportunity to be heard in the industry before they rose to prominence, Billboard wrote.

"Don Francisco was the first person who gave me a shot on national television. 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," Yankee told the news outlet.

Royce said that Kreutzberger has a huge impact on his career and "Sabado Gigante" was the first TV program he performed on before he became a household name.

As quoted by Billboard, he added, "Mario opened the doors to Chile for me by inviting me to be a part of his beloved telethon and I've joined him for two years in that beautiful labor of love which he puts on from the heart for the kids and families of his country. He has a giant heart and that's why he's so big, our dear Don Francisco."

Iglesias, who first appeared in the show in 1995 when he was just a newbie, described Kreutzberger as "unique and irreplaceable," adding that the 74-year-old veteran TV host is a "father figure" not just for him, but for other singers as well, Billboard added.

"Sabado Gigante" premiered on Chile's Channel 13 in 1962, with production moving to Miami, Florida in 1986, Fox News Latino wrote. It has been transmitted in countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, and Honduras. The show's departure from air was announced in April.

Earlier this month, a stretch of a street in Washington Heights, New York was named "Don Francisco Boulevard" in tribute to the Chilean host. The recognition came from Univision Communications Inc. and the City of New York, Latina wrote.

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