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Even superstars like Estefan feel pressure to make the Pope proud

By Nick Maslow
Updated September 25, 2015 05:00 PM
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The clock is ticking down to Gloria Estefan‘s performance for Pope Francis – and she’s got a case of the butterflies.

“Nervous? Of course!” the singer, 58, said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight this week.

Estefan is set to take the stage before the Pope’s Mass at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

“If you don’t get nervous before getting up in front of a lot of people much more so when the Pope is involved then something is wrong with you,” she said. “You’re not human or something.”

The “Get on Your Feet” singer is keeping her nerves in check by finding the humor in the honor.

“I gotta put that in my resume: ‘Warmed up the crowd for the Pope,'” she joked.

You could say this isn’t the veteran musician’s first time at the rodeo, though. Estefan performed “Mas Alla” for Pope John Paul II in 1995. Now she’s gearing up to sing the same Spanish ballad for another leader of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis’ exciting first visit to the U.S. has had plenty of stars talking this week – everyone from Kerry Washington to Donald Trump has dropped signs of Pope fandom.