January 31st, 2012
02:45 PM ET
The countdown to Madonna's hyped Super Bowl performance is on, and the singer admits that she's feeling some nerves.
"It's the most nerve-wracking thing I've ever done," Madge told Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" Monday. "The Super Bowl is the holy of holies. It's like the sacred show of America. And I have to go on in the middle of that holy of holies and put on the greatest show that was ever put on before. That's no pressure."
On top of not really getting a lot of rehearsal time - "they're playing football all day so I don't really have time to do a sound check. It's a little bit like a circus act: Get in there, roll out my carpet, put on my show and get the eff off," she joked - there's also the fact that the Super Bowl halftime isn't the place to exercise a lot of artistic license.
For one thing, there will be "no nipples" in her show, she assured Leno, referencing Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe breakdown. Not that she was going to do that, anyway: "I don't like to repeat myself...or do what other people have done before me."
But before her Super Bowl show, the video for Madonna's new single "Gimme All Your Lovin'" from her upcoming album, "MDNA," will preview on Thursday's "American Idol."
On her cryptic album title, Madonna tells Leno that it's a "triple entendre," with one interpretation being an abbreviated way of saying her name, and another standing for "the DNA of M."
As for the third, "Let me break it down for you," she said. "You've heard of this drug that produces euphoric feelings of love, MDMA?...Just listen to my record."
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