American Idol gives back, does the impossible
Tonight is our first Sanjaya-free American Idol this season, and the Idol producers, contestants and a whole slew of celebrities will be on hand to celebrate. Ok, so they aren't celebrating Sanjaya's depature... they'll be working to raise money for poverished children in Africa and American with Idol Gives Back.
This is the first year that the show will be using its star power to give back to the community. This week, the top 6 contestants will still perform as ususal while viewers pick their favorite. The difference this week is that votes will transfer to money as each contestant is paired with a corporate sponsor.
Viewers will also be able to call in votes, and comedian Ellen Degeneres will host the event.
Ellen won't be the only celeb on hand for this ground breaking event. Gwen Stefani, Earth, Wind & Fire, Il Divo, Keira Knightley, Josh Groban with the African Children’s Choir, Jack Black, Helen Mirren, Quincy Jones, Annie Lennox, Celine Dion and past “Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood will also be on hand.
The contestants will also work with Bono who will meet with the Idol finalists to talk about the work of ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. The Idol contestants will also perform a song written by Bono and Dave Stewart about the AIDS emergency in Africa titled “American Prayer.”
We're also told that Celine Dion will perform a duet with Elvis. Has Idol found the king??
The two day event starts Tuesday night at 8pm (ET/PT) and ends with the results show on Wednesday night.