Fox network’s American Idol has become the nation’s most watched TV show with an average of 30-35 million viewers.

A two-hour show filled with inspirational songs, movie, television and music stars and stories of poverty from Africa and the United States rounded off the two-night special. Even Celine and
Elvis an appearance!

“People say you can’t be the generation that ends brutal, stupid poverty, but we can and we
will,” Bono, U2’s lead singer and leading spokesman for the ONE Campaign to Make Poverty
History, said in a prerecorded segment.

(Ellen donated a check for $100,000)

Each vote cast by viewers via text and telephone triggered an undisclosed donation to charities
by the corporate sponsors of Idol – Ford, Coca-Cola and AT&T News Corp, which owns the Fox
TV network, donated $5 million after the vote tally hit 50 million. – Viewers
were also invited to phone in donations that will go to Save the Children, UNICEF, Malaria No
More, The Global Fund and Nothing But Nets for youth relief programs in Africa and poverty-hit
areas of the United States, including hurricane ravaged Louisiana.

Throughout the show Seacrest regularly crossed to comedian and talk-show host Ellen
DeGeneres at a concert she hosted at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles for musical performances
by stars such as opera group Il Divo, Annie Lennox and former Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.  – 

I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes an annual fundraiser.

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