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Idol Gives Back is a charitable campaign that took place in Season 6Season 7 and Season 9 of American Idol. It served as a way for the voting public of America to donate money to help people living in poverty in both Africa and the United States, especially after the events of Hurricane Katrina.

Season 6[edit | edit source]

The first Idol Gives Back telecast took place April 24th and 25th 2007.

Chris Richardson "Change the World" (Eric Clapton)
Melinda Doolittle "There Will Come a Day" (Faith Hill)
Blake Lewis "Imagine" (John Lennon)
LaKisha Jones "I Believe" (Fantasia)
Phil Stacey "The Change" (Garth Brooks)
Jordin Sparks "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Carousel)

Guest Performances[edit | edit source]

Earth, Wind and Fire "Boogie Wonderland", "Shining Star" and "September" (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, Blake Lewis, Chris Richardson, Jordin Sparks, Phil Stacey and Quincy Jones "Time to Care" (Original song)
Il Divo "Somewhere" (Reri Geist)
Jack Black "Kiss from a Rose" (Seal) and "The Greatest Love of All" (Whitney Houston)
Carrie Underwood "I'll Stand by You" by (The Pretenders)
Rascal Flatts "My Wish" (Rascal Flatts)
Josh Groban and the African Children's Choir "You Raise Me Up" (Josh Groban)
Kelly Clarkson and Jeff Beck "Up to the Mountain" (Patty Griffin)
Elvis Presley and Celine Dion "If I Can Dream" (Elvis Presley)
Annie Lennox "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel)
Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, Blake Lewis, Chris Richardson, Jordin Sparks and Phil Stacey "American Prayer" (Bono and Dave Stewart)

This telecast had special appearances from Ellen DeGeneres, David Schwimmer, Sanjaya Malakar, Ben Stiller, Forest Whitaker, Dr. Phil McGraw, Hugh Laurie, Kyle Gass, Seal, Tom Anderson, Rob Lowe, LeBron James, Gwyneth Paltrow, Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Grant, Shaquille O'Neal, Helen Mirren, Blue Man Group, Miss Piggy, Jason Biggs, Rob Schneider, Kirstie Alley, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, Keira Knightley, Tom Cruise, Chris Daughtry, Dan Castellaneta (as Homer Simpson), Julie Kavner (as Marge Simpson), Nancy Cartwright (as Bart Simpson), Yeardley Smith (as Lisa Simpson), Madonna, Marc Anthony, Gillian Anderson, Antonio Banderas, Emily Blunt, Michael Buble, Matt Damon, Micky Dolenz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Teri Hatcher, Goldie Hawn, Chris Kattan, Lisa Kudrow, Joel Madden, Benji Madden, Eric McCormack, Ewan McGregor, Kevin McNally, Parminder Nagra, Bernadette Peters, Twiggy, Harvey Weinstein and Bono.

Over 70 million votes were cast and $76 million was raised for charity.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Nobody was eliminated during the telecast and the votes from that week would be carried over to the next week, where two contestants would be eliminated.
  • Despite Elvis dying 30 years before the telecast, Elvis appeared onstage with Celine Dion via rotoscoping.

Season 7[edit | edit source]

The second Idol Gives Back telecast took place April 8th and 9th, 2008.

Michael Johns "Dream On" (Aerosmith)
Syesha Mercado "I Believe" (Fantasia)
Jason Castro "Over the Rainbow" (Judy Garland)
Kristy Lee Cook "Anyway" (Martina McBride)
David Cook "Innocent" (Our Lady Peace)
Carly Smithson "The Show Must Go On" (Queen)
David Archuleta "Angels" (Robbie Williams)
Brooke White "You've Got a Friend" (Carole King)

Guest Performances[edit | edit source]

Season 9[edit | edit source]

The third and final Idol Gives Back telecast took place April 21st and 22nd, 2010.

Following this, Idol Gives Back never returned. An executive producer of American Idol stated that they did not feel comfortable asking the American public for money, especially after the ongoing economic crisis and recession that occurred in 2009.

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