Eva Longoria, Camila Cabello Celebrate Latinx Community, Encourage Voting in CBS Special

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José Andrés, Arturo Castro, John Leguizamo, Isabela Merced, Ana Navarro, Freddy Rodriguez and Wilmer Valderrama were among the many stars that also appeared on the "Essential Heroes" event Monday night.

Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Rita Moreno, George Lopez and more Latinx stars converged on Monday evening during the CBS special Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event.

The special, which was co-hosted by Longoria and Martin from Los Angeles and Estefan from Miami, saw stars imploring viewers to vote, Pitbull performing and spotlights on essential workers as it sought to celebrate America's Latinx culture amid challenges to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. José Andrés, Arturo Castro, John Leguizamo, Isabela Merced, Ana Navarro, Freddy Rodriguez and Wilmer Valderrama also joined the event, which was directed by Ron de Moraes and created by Henry R. Muñoz III.

The evening kicked off with a performance by Pitbull from Miami of "I Believe That We Will Win (World Anthem)," followed by an introduction from Martin and Longoria. "We know 2020 has been a very difficult year for our people. But all we want for you is to kick back, relax... because it's going to be a very beautiful night," Martin said.

Longoria joked, "Yeah, there will be some Spanish. Don't tell any of the Karens."

During the special, George Lopez and Rita Moreno engaged in a comedic back-and-forth about the use of the term "Latinx" ("This word is not going to divide us; it's going to unite us," Moreno said), Arturo Castro performed a comedic monologue called "A Moment of Self-Care With La Llorona," John Leguizamo offered a history lesson on all of the daily conveniences that the Latinx community created and Dora the Explorer (as played by Isabela Merced) offered information on how to vote in the 2020 presidential election.

"So many of us share the same stories of our families leaving behind everything they know... each and every one of us is making history for our families," Camila Cabello said in her own monologue on voting. "You don't have to tour the world for your voice to matter. You already have the power and your voice matters. So vote."

The special also highlighted essential workers including the family behind the Oaxacan restaurant Guelaguetza in Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood, the doctors at Somos Community Care and several mental health advocates. The night ended with Longoria and Martin reiterating the event's calls to vote: "Remember, you have power. You matter. There are forces out there that don't want you to know that ... Please vote," Martin said.

Finally, Estefan introduced a video of a pre-COVID-19 Brazil performance of her song "Get On Your Feet" intercut with footage of several Latinx stars — including Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldana — dancing.