After taking a one-year hiatus, “Idol Gives Back” will return for a third edition this spring. The special, which is set to air during the Top 7 results show on April 21, will benefit Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children, and the United Nations Foundation.
“This is our opportunity to reach out and support the people of America and around the world who need our compassion and generosity to improve or even save their lives,” said Simon Fuller, Idol creator. “America will undoubtedly prove once again what a remarkable and generous nation it is. For American Idol to be able to facilitate this kind of initiative makes me very proud.”
To kick off this year’s event, American Idol winner Kris Allen is traveling with the United Nations Foundation to Haiti in order to generate awareness of the country’s continued need of support. Allen will perform on the Feb. 25 “American Idol” results show and share footage from his trip. Viewers will be able to make donations which will benefit the “Idol Gives Back” foundation.
The 2010 “Idol Gives Back” special promises performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in Hollywood. In previous years, the charitable show has welcomed President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former President George W. Bush, Brad Pitt, Bono, Reese Witherspoon, Miley Cyrus, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Annie Lennox, Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, Josh Groban, Pink, Céline Dion, Robin Williams, and Ben Stiller.
To date, “Idol Gives Back” has raised more than $140 million for charity.