April 09, 2008 07:24 PM by Joe Reality
How did Idol Gives Back fill two and a half hours? With celebrities making pitches to raise money, with musical performances, and with video segments on children in need. Without the pretense that someone might get eliminated at the end of the show, Idol Gives Back took on more of a straight telethon-like approach than last year.
The evening kicked off with a group performance or Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop The Music” by the top 8 American Idol finalists. As the Idols sang, several stars from So You Think You Can Dance performed. The combination of song and dance proved to be very effective, and the opening number turned out to be one of the highlights of the night.
After the opening performance, NASCAR champion Jimmy Johnson made the first celebrity appeal for donations. Also, making pitches to raise money were George Lopez, Kylie Minogue, Maria Shriver, Ben Stiller, Kobe Bryant, Triple H, Mary Murphy, Billy Crystal, The Jonas Brothers, Bono, Julianne Moore, John Cena, Adam Sandler, Eli & Peyton Manning, David & Victoria Beckham, Keifer Sutherland, Celine Dion, Jimmy Kimmel, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Forest Whitaker, Gordon Brown, Keith Urban, Reese Witherspoon, Dane Cook, Alicia Keys, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Robin Williams, Rob Schneider, Tyra Banks, David Spade, and Brad Pitt.
In between the celebrity pitches and the video segments on children in need, there were numerous musical performances. Snoop Dogg and Charlie Wilson performed “Can’t Say Goodbye.” Terri Hatcher sang Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.” Miley Cyrus sang “Good And Broken” and “See You Again.” Fergie performed “Finally” with John Legend and “Barracuda” with Heart. Annie Lennox performed “Many Rivers To Cross.” Carrie Underwood performed “Praying For Time.” Gloria Estefan and Shelia E. performed “Get On Your Feet.” The American Idol finalists performed “Seasons Of Love.” In a video segment, Daughtry performed “What About Now.” Mariah Carey performed “Fly Like A Bird.”
To close out the show, the American Idol finalists once again took the stage with a group performance of “Shout To The Lord.” Even though all the Idols were safe during Idol Gives Back, the American Idol results show will air Thursday night and one more Idol will be eliminated.
As an extra bonus, you can now read all of our American Idol Cast Bios!
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