Fox’s “American Idol” has “given back” millions of dollars. MTV News is reporting that the show’s charitable campaign, “Idol Gives Back,” brought in almost 45-million dollars last week. The April 21st broadcast raised money for a variety of charities in the U.S. and across the globe including Malaria No More, the Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, and the United Nations Foundation. This year’s “Idol Gives Back” was highlighted by star-studded performances from musicians like Joss Stone, Jeff Beck, Mary J. Blige, Steve Vai, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, Carrie Underwood, Annie Lennox, and Elton John. Several Hollywood stars like Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, George Lopez and Wanda Sykes also stopped by to help encourage donations.
“Idol Gives Back” raised more than 70-million dollars during its first campaign in 2007. In 2008, the show generated 60-million dollars. “Idol Gives Back” was not held in 2009 due to the economic recession. People can still make donations by visiting AmericanIdol.com, or calling toll free 877-IDOL-AID.