“Idol Gives Back,” the Emmy-Award winning charitable campaign that spanned two episodes of American Idol during its sixth season, is back for another fundraising concert in attempt to raise awareness and help charities worldwide. This year, the star-studded event is slated to commence on Wednesday, April 9 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX.
Fans can expect this year’s affair to include a huge pool of international talent, including Bono, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Hannah Montana‘s Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Fergie, Annie Lennox, John Legend and Snoop Dogg, who currently stars on the reality series Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood.
And like last year’s event, former Idol participants are expected to grace this year’s fundraising affair. These include Chris Daughtry, 4th place finalist on American Idol‘s fifth season, fourth season champ Carrie Underwood and first season winner Kelly Clarkson. This special is hosted by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres.
Aside from the music celebration, this year’s “Idol Gives Back” will also echo the success of last year’s initiative, which raised over $76 million for different U.S. charities that bring support to underprivileged children in some of the most deprived areas of the country, providing them with medical care, food and grocery products, health and literacy programs, just to name a few. Last year’s campaign was also dedicated to organizations that battles poverty in Africa through various health and education programs, including delivering medical supplies and providing clean water.
“Idol Gives Back” is the brainchild of American Idol creator Simon Fuller and British writer Richard Curtis. The campaign has earned praise from many of the world’s notable figures including President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, among others.
Stay tuned for more featured guests on “Idol Gives Back,” which will be announced by FOX in the coming weeks.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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