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Ellen to Host "Idol Gives Back"

Ellen to Host "Idol Gives Back"

Seacrest, you've been silenced! Super-hostess Ellen DeGeneres will lend her talents to "Idol Gives Back," this week's special "American Idol" charity episode. Granted, it seems like a bit of an odd step for her after the Oscars — what's next? Puppy Bowl IV? — but I'm always glad to see her lend her humor to a good cause.

And "Idol Gives Back" is certainly a good cause, raising awareness and money for Charity Projects Entertainment Fund, which provides support for at-risk children around the world, especially in the United States and Africa. Numerous corporate sponsors have stepped up to donate for the event, and after all the weeks of build-up, I'm excited to see what "Idol Gives Back" will hold. Fox released more details about how the shows will work today, and here are some of the highlights:

  • On Tuesday's performance show, the top six will sing what Fox is calling "life anthem songs." I admit I don't really know what songs qualify as life anthems — "Lean on Me"? "That's What Friends are For?" — but I'm glad the performances will tie into the feel-good theme.
  • For every vote cast, the corporate sponsors — including News Corp., Ford, Coca Cola and AT&T — will donate money to CPEF.

I have more about "Idol Gives Back," including the performers for the results show, so

  • Wednesday's two-hour results show, hosted by Ellen, will be the star-studded event we've been hearing about, with appearances by Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Earth, Wind & Fire, Il Divo, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Josh Groban with the African Children’s Choir, Jack Black, Helen Mirren, Rascal Flatts, Quincy Jones, Carrie Underwood, Annie Lennox and others. There's also the improbable duet Seacrest promised last week.
  • During the results show, viewers will be able to make their own donations, and all proceeds from the Ford music video and other downloads from the show will go to CPEF.

After all that, it seems a shame that someone will get kicked off at the end of the night. Maybe they could pull an "Amazing Race"-style stunt and have a special non-elimination round?


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Bren89 Bren89 10 years
Scrolled up, found out the Idol Gives Back is tomorrow. Man, they have a great line up. 1st Ellen , Celine Dion , Gwen Stefani and Earth, Wind and Fire. I may be old but I still love good entertainment. Lol. What are the points about?
Bren89 Bren89 10 years
Brenda O. Guilbeau
Bren89 Bren89 10 years
See, I didn't know Celine Dion was going to be on the Idol Giveback. Would have watched the show because of Ellen, she gives me a Happy Heart, but I love Celine Deon's voice
Bren89 Bren89 10 years
Please let me know when this show will be aired. I would appreciate this very much. Sure do not want to miss since Ellen is my favorite entertainer. Thanks a million. Brenda O. Guilbeau
Michelle_S Michelle_S 10 years
Ellen is great. but who im dieing to see is pink! Celin deon has an amazing voice too.
UTgirl UTgirl 10 years
I can't wait to see Ellen! I love her, she's the greatest.
Bren89 Bren89 10 years
Brenda O. Guilbeau The show should be interesting. Have not really watched American Idol, but with Ellen on , I will not miss this show. She is a very great performer.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
I love anything Ellen does so I can't wait! Also interested to see what a "life anthem" is- I sense a lot of U2 for tomorrow night
ekdkdk1 ekdkdk1 10 years
Awesome, I am a huge Ellen and Idol fan so the two together is going to be great I hope! :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Always enjoy Ellen. We can only imagine what she might say if Sanjaya were still in the competition. Hey, maybe he'll make a guest performance.
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