Super Bowl Halftime: Madonna Promises ‘Greatest Show On Earth’

Queen of Pop confirms she will be 'singing three old songs and one new one' during halftime show.

Madonna wowed the crowd with some impromptu moves at a press conference today in Indianapolis, Indiana, readying the world for the spectacle she’s planning for Sunday’s halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI .

Intimating that she’s rooting for the New York Giants (she famously got her start and currently resides in New York City, after all), the Queen of Pop complimented Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on his end-zone salsa dancing, telling reporters, “I have absolutely no criticism of his moves. In fact, he’s inspired me. I’m going to show ‘em to you and you tell me what you think.” She then stepped away from the podium and playfully began to salsa, eliciting hoots and applause from the assembled press. “You think he’d approve?”

The often-provocative diva also assured curious reporters that her focus was firmly on putting on the best show she could. “The envelope I’m pushing is just for a spectacular show, which I think will entertain all age groups and hopefully will be a feast for the eyes and the ears,” she said. Judging from early glimpses of her reported stage design, there’s no doubt she’s got quite the spectacle planned for Sunday.

She also revealed that she’s performing four songs — three classics and her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” the video for which will be previewed on “American Idol” Thursday (February 2) ahead of the single’s release Friday on iTunes. “I promise I will be singing three old songs and one new one,” Madonna told reporters. If an early leaked set list and photos of rehearsals are any indication, the vintage Madonna songs audiences can expect to hear will be “Vogue,” “Ray of Light” and “Music.”

She would not divulge any further details about the show, however, explaining that she didn’t want to “give anything away” because she wants viewers to be “knocked out of their seats from beginning to end.”

“I’m so excited to be here,” a clearly excited Madonna told the crowd. “This is a Midwesterner girl’s dream to be performing at the halftime show.”

Making the press rounds ahead of what is certainly one of the biggest performances of her three-decade career, Madonna has not been shy about admitting she is nervous and contentious of how big a deal the Super Bowl is.

“Oh my God, I’m so nervous, you have no idea,” Madonna told Anderson Cooper during a pre-taped appearance Thursday on his daytime talk show. “First of all, it’s the Super Bowl. I mean the Super Bowl is kind of like the holy of holies in America right? … I have to put on the greatest show on earth, in the middle of the greatest show on earth. I have eight minutes to set it up and seven minutes to take it down and 12 minutes to put on the greatest show on earth. That’s a lot of pressure.”

It sure is.

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