Thursday, April 10, 2008

Looking Back On Idol Gives Back 2008

American Idol, the judges, Ryan Seacrest, the top 12 contestants of season 7, and alumni like Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry, plus stars like Reese Witherspoon, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Kimmel, Brad Pitt, Gloria Estefan, the Jonas Brother, came together to raise money for six charities that benefit children living in poverty in the U.S. and in Africa.

The Idol Gives Back show, apart from raising millions, was a star-studded spectacular with performances by Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood, Teri Hatcher, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Annie Lennox, and the remaining Idol contestants (who took the stage no less than three times!). It was an inspiring night.

Some of the great moments included: The Idols singing Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music,” Fergie taking the stage with John Legend and then Heart, Jimmy Kimmel teasing Simon Cowell, Carrie Underwood’s performance, Alicia Keys’s trip to Africa, Miley and Billy Ray’s trip to Kentucky, Mariah Carey’s performance of “Fly Like a Bird,” and Chris Daughtry visiting Uganda. There are a few pictures of some of those moments below. Please donate if you can, you can do so by going to Also remember you can give money and get something too. The performances from last night can be purchased off i-tunes.

Actor Brad Pitt waves to the crowd during the special. Brad spotlighted his charity Make It Right which is building homes in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also showed everyone that the people down there are far from having normal home lives.

American Idol Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood makes a return to the Idol stage to perform for the event.

Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher, right, and Grammy-winning singer Carrie Underwood share a laugh during the special. Teri performed Carrie’s hit song, “Before He Cheats” as part of a skit.

Avon Global Ambassador and Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon spoke to the audience during the special and showed a video of her visiting an area that could use the money for education.

Idol Gives Back got a little comic relief from actor Robin Williams. Robin pretending he was the winner of Russian Idol. He brought some humor to an evening that was filled with sad images.

The final eight American Idol contestants perform the closing number during the special.

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