Fox, ‘Idol’ Participants Team for Charity

Mar 8, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Fox plans to announce during tonight’s episode that it’s teaming with “American Idol” and Charity Projects Entertainment Fund for a televised musical charity event to benefit children in America and Africa.

“Idol Gives Back” will include the top six contestants singing inspirational songs during the regular performance show April 24, plus an extended results show April 25 featuring musical artists and celebrities such as Gwen Stefani and Kazakhstan journalist Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen). Also scheduled to appear are Josh Groban, Pink, Michael Bubl%E9;, Annie Lennox and Il Divo.

For every vote cast during the performance show, sponsors Coca-Cola and AT&T, as well as various other partners, will donate money to the charity. Viewers can make their own donations via telephone and Internet during the extended Wednesday results episode.

“When we were approached by Richard Curtis [co-founder of the U.K.’s Red Nose Day charity], Simon Fuller, Simon Cowell and CPEF about this project, we felt it was a natural fit,” said Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer, News Corp. “For the past five seasons, viewers have fulfilled the dreams of the contestants. Now they have the chance to help us change the lives of children and young people in need and at risk, here in the U.S. as well as in Africa.”

“American Idol” airs tonight at 8 p.m.

(Editor: Horowitz)