Rockers are known for their infamous wacky backstage demands; one likes only green M&Ms, another must have their Evian water chilled to exactly 40 degrees, etc. But Madonna had an extremely unusual request for the press backstage at the Live Earth show. According to reports, the Material Girl insisted that all reporters must maintain eye contact with her at all times. The media was warned, "Never look down to check notes - all questions must be memorized or the interview will be terminated." Yeesh! "We thought her people were just joking," a source told the London Mirror. "But it soon became apparent that they were deadly serious."
There was also a list of topics that were prohibited from the interview. Madge was not to be asked any questions about her marriage to Guy Ritchie, about their adoption of David, their Malawian child, or about her religion, Kabbalah. I guess deeming topics "off limits" is the wave of the future for celebs, but keeping eye contact through the entire interview? I'd be a goner -- I've never won a staring contest in my life.