The Week contest - Tour riders

If you had a world tour, what would be your one dressing-room demand?

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Welcome to "What Next?", The Week's contest about current events.

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Last week's question: On her current world tour, Beyoncé is demanding that her dressing room be supplied with hand-carved ice balls, water chilled to exactly 69.8 degrees, and $1,000 titanium straws. We asked you what you would demand if you had a world tour.

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THE WINNER: An audience

Susan Kennedy-Smith, Blue Point, N.Y.

SECOND PLACE: That nobody tells the press what my dressing room perks are

Tim Reynolds, Locust, N.J.

THIRD PLACE: Pre-payment and a back door

David Cornstuble, Mankato, Minn.


A dressing room that doesn't say "MEN" on the door

Arthur Lasky, New York, N.Y.

The Star Trek transporter so travel would be instant — no jet lag

Lois Eckmann, Los Altos, Calif.

Hummingbird tears footbath

Joe Valetti, San Leandro, Calif.

Even my dogs get to eat filet mignon

Ken Kellam III, Dallas, Texas

A mirror that makes me look 20 pounds thinner

Janine Witte, New Hope, Pa.

Beyoncé's salary

Anita R. Somers, Brewster, N.Y.

100 percent silk toilet paper

Patti Thomas, Ventura, Calif.

Beyoncé will bring me caviar and bellinis each morning while belting out "Crazy in Love"

Simone Butler, San Diego, Calif.

Chauffeur-driven Segway

Linda Cross, Wilmington, N.C.

A genetic clone of me to do the entertaining so I'd be able to focus all my energy on being a diva

Mark Weaver, Redondo Beach, Calif.

Beyoncé's talent

Abigail Hamilton, Hopewell, N.J.

A paycheck that doesn't bounce

Doreen Nagle, Fresno, Calif.

A better voice

John Ohlson, Providence, R.I.

Auto-Tune hearing aids for every member of the audience

Tony Pribyl, Piedmont, Calif.

All my brown M&Ms are to be given to Van Halen

Earl Weinmann, Northfield, Minn.


Sherri Chessen, La Jolla, Calif.

A full explanation of why I was on a world tour

Bob Boersma, Holland, Mich.

Ten bucks an hour

Gerald Leppek, Harrison, Mich.

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