Runners and Riders

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For those who do not know what a rider is it’s where a celebrity gets to demand all of the snacks, games, and relaxation necessities they require before and after their performance from the event organisers.

For some top stars this can be as simple as a cheese plate and cold meats though things can get more extreme. Take a look at the race course of riders below. Who comes in last place?


According to her rider from 2000 found on the Smoking Gun, this diva required a special room for just her multiple wigs and hairpieces.


Journalist Matthew Croft spilled the beans on several celebs in The Little Red Riders Book, including the Material Girl needing 20 phone lines and light pink or white roses cut to precisely six inches.

Britney Spears

A report from Mirror Online back in 2011 claimed that Britney made one especially unusual request for the backstage of her London show, a framed photo of Princess Diana.


Rather than make any crazy demands for herself, the Smoking Gun revealed that the soulful songstress has a unique clause in her rider with regards to anyone getting free tickets to her show, in return for not paying for seats. They all must donate £20 to Sands, one of her favourite charities. The girl can do no wrong in my eyes. –

Christina Aguilera

The Smoking Gun dug up pages of The Voice judge’s show contract from 2000, which included a request for Flintstone vitamins. She didn’t give birth to her first child until 2008?

Michael Bublé

The crooner keeps his requests pretty low-key, but the Smoking Gun revealed the hockey fan does request a puck from a local hockey team.

The Rolling Stones

Their antics may have changed a lot since the aging rockers’ heyday back in the 1960s and ’70s, but the Smoking Gun’s copy of their 2005 rider shows they still know how to have a good time, demanding a room with a full-size snooker table.

David Hasselhoff

Matthew Croft’s The Little Red Rider Book also divulged that the former Baywatch star has made the bizarre request of a life-size cut out of himself.


Back in 2004 when Mrs. Carter made her way to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, her rider included very specific instructions for baking chicken to snack on. The chicken served could only include legs, wings, and the breast, and it all needed to be “HEAVILY SEASONED” with fresh garlic, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Barbra Streisand

Babs’ request seems a bit illogical depending on the size of her bladder, but again according to Matthew Croft, she requires her toilet bowl be filled with rose petals.

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