Friday, April 11, 2008

'Idol Gives Back' Results - $22 Million For Charity


The numbers are in from American Idol's second annual Idol Gives Back telethon raked in $22 million for charity on Wednesday (April 9th), according to Funds came in from corporate sponsors and viewers opening up their wallets to the show's various charities. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown also announced that his country would pay for 20 million mosquito nets to be sent to Africa, at an estimated cost of $200 million.

Celebrities on hand to help out included Brad Pitt, Bono, Miley Cyrus, Sarah Silverman, Annie Lennox and others. Former Idol winner Carrie Underwood sang the George Michael song "Praying For Time," and Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher did a version of Underwood's song "Before He Cheats." Snoop Dogg, Fergie, Heart and John Legend also performed.

Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell donated their salaries for the evening's event. The charities included Children's Defense Fund, the Global Fund, Make It Right, Malaria No More, Save The Children and the Children's Health Fund.

All the performances from the show are being made available on iTunes, with all proceeds going to charity.


Another article from ETOnline:

'Idol Gives Back' Raises $60 Million -- So Far!

The "American Idol" fundraiser is a smashing success, and Mariah Carey will be next week's mentor.

Thursday night, "American Idol" host RYAN SEACREST announced that the tally of monies raised by "Idol Gives Back" had reached $60 million with more funds expected for the six charities, which include Children's Defense Fund, The Children's Health Fund, The Global Fund, Make It Right, Malaria No More and Save the Children's U.S. Programs.

It's not too late to donate by phoning 1-877-IDOL-AID (1-877-436-5243) or by logging on to An updated total will be released on next week's "American Idol."

In other "Idol" news, next week's mentor for the Final 7 will be MARIAH CAREY, who will also perform on Wednesday night's results show, when one more hopeful will be sent home.

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