"American Idol Gives Back" this week: A-list stars compete for viewer votes
This week big stars compete on American Idol, as the hit show takes a break from the ongoing competition to bring us a two-night special on April 24 and 25 to help raise money for charities in the US and Africa. American Idol executive producer Ken Warwick says he can guarantee the show will contain “humor and a few shocks. I know it will also move people to give generously.”

The two-day special promises performances of “inspirational songs” by many A-list stars, and viewers will vote on the Tuesday show to narrow it down to six by Wednesday. Quincy Jones will be writing a special song for the top six.

Read on to see a list of stars who’ll be appearing on the show!

For every vote cast on Tuesday, sponsors will donate money to help American charities such as Save the Children, America's Second Harvest, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and The Children's Health Fund and charities operating in Africa, including the US Fund for UNICEF, Save The Children, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Malaria No More. On Wednesday, viewers will get to call in and make their own donations. Donations are also being accepted already on the American Idol website.

The shows include footage of host Ryan Seacrest and judge Simon Cowell visiting poverty-stricken villages in Kenya, and Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson visiting Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans.

Stars who’ll be appearing on the special, performing in the competition or otherwise, include:

- Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher
- Hugh Grant (who you may remember played a character in American Dreamz that seemed to be based on American Idol’s Simon Cowell)
- Rowan “Mr. Bean” Atkinson
- Pink
- Keira Knightley
- Forest Whitaker
- Helena Bonham Carter
- Daniel Radcliffe
- Michael Bublé
- American Idol’s Kelly Clarkson
- Josh Groban
- Annie Lennox
- Bono
- Borat

-Mel Harris, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Sources: All Headline News, AmericanIdol.com

Keira Knightley photo credit IMDB
Simon Cowell photo credit Fox.com