'Idol' Telethon Raises $22 Million For Charity
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 12:21:41
Last night's "Idol Gives Back" telethon drew $22 million in charitable donations from both corporate sponsors (News Corp., ExxonMobil, Allstate, Ford) and viewers who called in or visited AmericanIdol.com. Among the charities that'll benefit from the evening are the Children's Defense Fund, the Global Fund, Make It Right, Malaria No More, Save The Children and the Children's Health Fund.
Brad Pitt, Bono, Annie Lennox, Eli Manning, Sarah Silverman, Dane Cook, David Spade and many more comedians/actors/celebs appeared on the show, which was originally taped on Sunday at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Despite rumors to the contrary, presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain did not join the festivities. Performances from the night are now available on iTunes, with all proceeds going to charity, including tracks from Snoop Dogg, Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus and Mariah Carey.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff