Madonna has revealed that she is "so nervous" about her upcoming performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday. People magazine uploaded a short preview of Anderson Cooper's interview with Madonna. The clip gives viewers a taste of the segment, which will be aired as part of his talk show on Thursday (February 2, 2012). In reference to the high-profile performance, Madonna explained just why she was experiencing butterflies: "I have to put on the greatest show on earth in the middle of the greatest show on earth."
She explained to the talk show host and his studio audience that the strict timings of the show also lends an added pressure to her performance on the day, saying "I have eight minutes to set it up and seven minutes to take it down. I have 12 minutes to put on the greatest show on earth. Okay, that's a lot of pressure." Madonna also referred to the Super Bowl as being like a religious, church-going experience, for many Americans, recognizing the significance of the event in the American calendar. "First of all, it's the Super Bowl," said the 53 year-old singer "The Super Bowl is kind of like the holiest of holy in America. I'm going to come in halfway between the church experience and I'm going to have to deliver a sermon that's going to have to be very impactful."
Anderson attempted to gain an insight into what she'll be doing on the day, but Madonna remained secretive, answering simply "I'll be singing." Mia and Nicki Minaj have also been confirmed to perform as part of the Super Bowl show, and Kelly Clarkson will be singing the national anthem.