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American Idol Gives Back

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During tonight’s live broadcast of American Idol, Ryan Seacrest announced that a two-part special called Idol Gives Back will be held on April 24 and 25 to benefit American and African children and young people struggling with poverty.

On Tuesday April 24, the top 6 will perform inspirational songs to help raise awareness of the issue. Following the show, viewers will be encouraged to call in their votes as usual. However on this date, corporate sponsors including Ford, Coca-Cola and AT&T will make a donation to the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund for each call made.

On Wednesday April 25, the results show will feature performances by a slew of celebs including Gwen Stefani, Pink, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Annie Lennox, Il Divo and, my favourite, Borat (last time he sung in America, I believe, he was chased out of a redneck rodeo. Can’t wait to see what he’ll do this time).

During both shows, scenes from Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell‘s trip to Africa (not sure how they survived each other) and Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson‘s travels across impoverished parts of the US (Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi) will be shown.

Even Bono has weighed in on this, saying, “We’ll see worlds collide when Africa appears on America’s most-watched TV show. This is a big deal…a little bit of pop-history…I wouldn’t underestimate the reach of this show or the impact its audience can have.”

That about sums it up in my opinion. The more these types of messages permeate the mainstream, the better.

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