LOS ANGELES: Michael Jackson has demanded all the children in his choir know sign language. Jackson is a perfectionist and wants it exactly right.

The 50-year-old star also wants the choir to be made up of exactly equal numbers of black, white, mixed-race and Asian children. Jackson is also looking for six snare drummers and has banned them from having beards.

His email to the promoters read, “They must be young adults, clean-cut and of mixed ethnicity. They must be real drummers, so please do not waste our time suggesting people who are not.” Last month, it was revealed Jackson would kick off his concert run on July 13, five days later than originally planned.