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April 24th, 2007

Bono to appear on American Idol Tonight @ 12:05 pm

princessjen723:
I came across this purely by accident, considering I wouldn't watch American Idol if you paid me... well, that is unless Bono was on it. Then I might reconsider.

Stars out for 'Idol' charity show
Staff Reporter
Tue, 24 Apr 2007

Stars of the movie and music world including Bono, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and Gwen Stefani are to appear on a charity edition of 'American Idol', which will raise funds for children.

The show, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will also feature the likes of recent Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, Terry Hatcher from 'Desperate Housewives' and pop star Pink.

'American Idol Gives Back' will be aired live in the United States on Wednesday night, benefiting child relief programs and children in extreme poverty.

Charities to be supported include those working in New Orleans to address the destruction following Hurricane Katrina, as well as organisations based in Africa.

The stars will encourage viewers of the two-hour show to donate money to the organisations.

U2 singer and aid campaigner Bono will discuss his ONE campaign which intends to make poverty history, while the six Idols finalists will sing 'American Prayer', a song about Africa's Aids emergency, written by the Irish singer and the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart.

"Maybe some people don’t want to spend two hours watching poverty and people suffering," said FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz.

"But we’re going to try to do it in a way that gives them great entertainment but raises awareness for people who are very poor, and children in particular, in the United States and Africa."

So apart from featuring performances from the stage of 'Idols', the show will have DeGeneres, the Oscars host, overseeing a series of events at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Some of the big names appearing also include comedy star Jack Black, Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, legendary producer Quincy Jones, country stars Rascal Flatts, warbler Celine Dion, operatic boy band Il Divo, crooner Josh Groban, Oscar winner Helen Mirren, and the original 'American Idol' Kelly Clarkson.

Richard Curtis, the writer-director behind 'Love, Actually' and 'Notting Hill', worked on the 'Idol' charity show in conjunction with the series' creator Simon Fuller.

Curtis, who is a co-founder of the Red Nose Day charity, used the annual British event as a template for the 'Idols' show.

On Tuesday night's performance show, the six 'Idols' finalists will sing "life anthems". Viewers will then vote for their favourite as usual, but for each vote money will be donated to organisations like the Global Fund, UNICEF and Save The Children by several corporate sponsors.

On the Wednesday night telethon, the stars will encourage viewers to make their own donations to organisations like Malaria No More; Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Nothing But Nets; and America’s Second Harvest: The Nation’s Food Bank Network.


(Courtesy of entertainment.iafrica.com)



 

 
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From:specialcamper
Date:April 24th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Arg... This will be the second time I've watched AI this season, and the third timeI've seen it at all. I'm making myself sick.

I wish Sanjaya was still on, I would love to see Bono with him.
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From:bonoinakilt
Date:April 24th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Bono will be on tomorrow's American Idol, not tonight's!

This will be my second time watching American Idol this season too. The first time was not by choice...my friend forced me to watch it. I NEVER watch American Idol. I've never watched any of the other previous ones.

The things I do for Bono... lol
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From:princessjen723
Date:April 24th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, I didn't realize I said tonight. Just goes to show you I really don't watch American Idol, considering I don't even know when it's on! *LOL*

Thanks for pointing out the correction.
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From:specialcamper
Date:April 24th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
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the first time I watched it was because my brothers girlfriend is obsessed with Gwen Stefani and she was on it. Then a few seasons ago I watched the Worst of the Worst episode.

It's a disease.
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From:bonoinakilt
Date:April 24th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
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according to ONE.org, Bono will be on tomorrow's - Wednesday - American Idol. Not tonight's

My email from ONE:

Tonight and tomorrow, one in ten Americans will sit down in their living rooms and tune-in to American Idol for a special episode called "Idol Gives Back."

We are excited to announce that Bono will be making an appearance Wednesday night on behalf of ONE urging the millions of Americans watching the show to join us in the fight against extreme poverty. Bono will meet with the Idol contestants to talk with them about ONE and the difference your advocacy is making in the lives of the world's poorest people. The Idol contestants will also perform "American Prayer," a song written by Bono and Dave Stewart about the AIDS emergency in Africa.

We need your help to make sure your friends and family are watching. Spread the word about tonight and tomorrow's shows! This is a great way to introduce friends and family to ONE. Invite them to join you in the fight against extreme poverty.

Forward this e-mail to friends and family and ask them to join today by visiting: www.ONE.org

Wednesday night's show will be a two-hour special hosted by Ellen and featuring appearances by Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, 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 many more.

We are excited about what the next two days could mean for the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty. Because of your continued support and involvement, extreme poverty is getting the national attention it so badly needs. When millions of people come together as ONE voice, anything is possible.

Thank you for your energy and dedication,

Susan McCue, ONE.org
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From:endlessdeep
Date:April 24th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
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I never watch Maerican Idol, but I will for Bono.

So it's tomorrow night, not tonight?
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From:princessjen723
Date:April 24th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it's TOMORROW night, the 25th. Not tonight as originally posted. Sorry for the confusion.
From:21012
Date:April 25th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
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YAY~! I'll definitely watch it =D
American Idol is just ok for me, could live without though.

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