More than 20 million viewers tuned in to ‘Idol Gives Back,’ last week raising almost $45 million for various charities.
The night also included performances from Alicia Keys, Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood and Jeff Beck. Bout her performance, Carrie Underwood said, “Tonight I’m actually doing one of my own and it’s on my latest album. It talks about pocket change, 36 cents, doing good in the world. It talks about how the smallest thing makes a huge difference. It really fits in with tonight’s concept and just on another note carrying through with that, on my fall tour we’re going to donate 36 cents of every ticket sold to Save the Children, which is a beneficiary of Idol Gives Back. We’re just carrying on after Idol Gives Back.”
The top 12, all wearing crisp white outfits, were reunited for one last group number, the 1986 Freiheit song “Keeping the Dream Alive,” followed by the Black Eyed Peas, who beamed in for their tune “Rock That Body” on a stage.
In between performances and pre-recorded packages from various locations, IGB asked viewers to call in donations for the Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. programs and the United Nations Foundation. Having previously raised more than $140 million for charity, this year’s event held great promise for these five charity partners.
The evening opened with President Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, delivering a pre-taped message from the White House. ” ‘American Idol’ has always been about changing lives, on the stage and around the world,” the president said. “That’s why Michelle and I want to take a moment to thank everyone watching tonight for your continued generosity as part of ‘Idol Gives Back.'”
Among the stars lending a hand through video segments were Jennifer Garner, former guest judge Victoria Beckham, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, George Lopez, David Duchovny, Chris Rock, Josh Groban, Morgan Freeman, Slash, Jim Carrey, Wanda Sykes and Ben Affleck.
To donate to “Idol Gives Back,” call (877) 436-5243 or visit AmericanIdol.com.
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