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'Idol' Recruits Superstars for Charity Special

by Kimberly Nordyke


Gwen Stefani

LOS ANGELES, California -- Gwen Stefani, Pink and Annie Lennox will perform on a star-studded two-night "American Idol" charity special next month. U2's Bono also is also expected to sing, and Sacha Baron Cohen will appear in character as Borat. Other performers lined up include crooners Josh Groban and Michael Buble, and classical-crossover combo Il Divo.

"Idol Gives Back" is designed to raise awareness and funds for poverty-relief organizations that help children and young people in the U.S. and Africa. Fox has partnered on the project with Charity Projects Entertainment Fund.

During the Tuesday, April 24 episodes, airing from 8-9 p.m., the top six finalists will sing about compassion and hope; for every vote cast via phone or text message, 'Idol' sponsors Coca-Cola, AT&T and others will donate money to charity.


U2's Bono

The expanded results show, airing from 8-10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, will feature the celebrities taking the stage. During that episode, viewers will be able to make their own donations via toll-free lines and the Internet. The Ford Motor Co. also will contribute to the cause in connection with its weekly music video.

'Idol' Creator Simon Fuller said he hoped the event would be a big success, "allowing us to continue to make these important, world-changing shows for many years to come." The money raised by the event will equally benefit the U.S. and Africa, aiding such organizations as the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Global Fund, Save the Children, Nothing but Nets and Malaria No More.

"Idol Gives Back" also is providing a link on its Web site "Idol Gives Back" to One: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. Said Bono, co-founder of the One campaign, "I wouldn't underestimate the reach of ('Idol') or the impact its audience can have."

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I was thinking earlier today about this event. Wouldn't it be neat/fun for AI producers to set up some duets with former AI stars?

Here's some of them I'd like to see:

Kelly Clarkson/Chris Daughtry

Carrie Underwood/Bo Bice

Taylor Hicks/Reuben Studdard

Clay Aiken/Jennifer Hudson

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Sanjaya Malakar/William Hung :o

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Celebrity Guests Announced For Idol Gives Back

The original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, along with Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Forest Whitaker, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Radcliffe, Teri Hatcher and Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson), are scheduled to appear on IDOL GIVES BACK, a two-night special airing Tuesday, April 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, April 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. IDOL GIVES BACK will raise awareness and funds for organizations that provide relief programs to help children and young people in extreme poverty in America and Africa.

These celebrities join previously announced talent including Gwen Stefani, Josh Groban, Pink, Michael Bubl

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