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Madonna Talks About Super Bowl Halftime Nervousness On 'Anderson' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 02/ 3/2012 1:43 am Updated: 02/ 3/2012 9:57 am

Madonna did a pretty good job of explaining the expectations for any halftime performer at the Super Bowl on "Anderson" (Weekdays, Syndicated). The Material Girl has been tapped to provide this Sunday's entertainment, and she admitted to being "so nervous."

"You have no idea," she told Anderson. "I have to put on the greatest show on earth ... in the middle of the greatest show on earth. I have 8 minutes to set it up and 7 minutes to take it down. And 12 minutes to put on the greatest show on earth."

It's a tight schedule, but an incredible venue to perform. Last year, the Super Bowl drew 111 million viewers, and this year's match-up -- with its large market teams the New York Giants and the New England Patriots -- is expected to surpass those numbers, and that's just viewership in the United States.

In this fractured television viewing era where the top-rated shows are fighting at around 20 million viewers, only the Super Bowl is still a grand unifier, bringing more people together than anything else in any form of media. The halftime show is one of the most coveted performance opportunities and easily one of the most daunting.

Recent performers have included rock legends like Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and The Who. Last season, they cycled back toward pop music with The Black Eyed Peas, joined by Usher and Slash. Madonna is looking to M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green and LMFAO to keep the crowd rocking through the second half.

"Super Bowl XLVI" kicks off at 6:30 p.m. EST on NBC. "Anderson" airs daily in syndication. Check local listings for times and channels.

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