Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin to Host CBS Special 'Essential Heroes'

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Hispanic Heritage Month may be over, but some of the biggest names in entertainment are coming together to honor the U.S. Latinx community.

Produced and hosted by Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin, Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino will celebrate the country’s diversity with a focus on Latinx culture, hoping to bring some joy, awareness and aid to the Latinx community that’s been deeply affected by and has played an essential role in fighting COVID-19. The special will be broadcast on Oct. 26 at 9 p.m., ET/PT on CBS and available to stream live and on demand on CBS All Access.

"I am thrilled and honored to be a part of it. Anytime my Latinos say, 'Can you help?' I absolutely will be there 1000% for them," Estefan told ET. "We are trying to do what we can -- all of us. It is a difficult moment in the world and we are all in it together. Our community has suffered a lot from the beginning of this Covid pandemic."

Estefan will perform "Get On Your Feet" and shared with ET the reason why she chose that song. 

"It's an empowerment song. I also love that it became a parody at the beginning of this with 'put on your mask.' It's a song that got thrown back at me after my accident when I was literally paralyzed and could not get on my feet... [this was] 30 years ago, so imagine the fact that it still in some way can tell people get up and make it happen."

The star-studded special will not only boast a performance by Estefan, but will also feature performances by Juanes,Pitbull, Luis Fonsi and Kelsea Ballerini. Moreover, the televised event will feature Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as a presenter as well as appearances by chef José Andrés, political commentator Ana Navarro, Arturo Castro, Isabela Merced, Freddy Rodriguez, Wilmer Valderrama, John Leguizamo, George Lopez and Rita Moreno.

"I hope that people really have a good time because obviously you know, it's also to entertain and to show strength and unity," Estefan added. 

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