April 1st, 2010
05:33 PM ET

'Idol Gives Back' announces first performers

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Fox has announced some of the artists who will be participating in the  “Idol Gives Back” program.

Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Jeff Beck are the first batch of performers slated for the philanthropic event scheduled to air April 21 as part of the hist show, "American Idol."

“Idol Gives Back” has raised over $140 million for charity to date. This year’s special will help raise awareness and funds to benefit various U.S. and international charities, including Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation.

Viewers of the show will be able to make donations during and following the show during which time the week’s voting results will be revealed, and one finalist will be sent home.

More performers are expected to be announced.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Bubba

    I agree with jason too – with the exception for Mr Beck of course – Long Live Rock, Down with this over-processed, non-talent BS crap!!! And yes, be-otche Janice – I can sing!

    April 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. summers

    The Only time, and I MEAN ONLY Time I watched this HIDEOUS program is because the Master Jeff Beck was on it, so... AGAIN...
    he is VERY generous, and I will have just come back from seeing him in all(4) of his California Concerts!

    April 5, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike H

    When will Idol invite Elvis to mentor the contestants and perform on the show?

    April 4, 2010 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Grace

    I want to see Season 7's best: David Archuleta, Brooke White, and Carly Smithson!


    April 4, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |

    jason, u r an idiot

    April 4, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. DRAGA


    April 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stan

    There are a lot of great singers like Brad Paisley,Rascal Flatts,Brooks and Dunn who are on thier farewell tour,and that's just to name a few.
    Some of the singers they invite on is plain nonsence. And you all know who I am talking about.

    April 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cyn1st

    Does it matter to anyone who sings? Think about it...As long as it raises money and the money goes to the said charities, they are gaining. Can't we stand a little to lose while others in need gain? Where is the humanitary dignity in any of us?

    April 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    Annie Lennox has been terrible lately. Have any of you heard her? She is terrible. She has had lots of trouble with her voice in the last few years, which in turn doesn't help her singing. I guess it's the only gig she can get.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bridget

    ummmm... the show is not called "make sure jason is entertained." it's called "idol gives back" and it's GREAT that such a popular show is demonstrating a spirit of giving back. our society is all about 'what's in it for me' and this is very refreshing. i still remember kelly clarkson's performance of 'up to the mountain' with jeff beck a few years back, which was INCREDIBLE. i look forward to unique performances. i might not love them all, but i respect all the artists who participate.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kiraxx

    i just wonder why people can't just enjoy the entertainment, even if it's not their "cup of tea", it's entertainment, not meant to be specific for YOU, but broader for the whole general audience. what you like, I don't, what I like, someone else doesn't. so what, it's mindless entertainment!! ugh.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Samantha

    Seriously? Stop complaining, the main focus of this is to raise money for charities

    April 2, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Head Diva In Charge

    Wow – Jason, your a real Debbie Downer huh? Do you like ANYTHING?
    I think it's a fun, entertaining little show to watch.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Can't wait to watch the "hist" show... whatever happened to editing?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. diane

    well one light in this mess will be Carrie Underwood..just have her sing every song from her albums..forget everyone else and I will be so there..she can certainly hold her own,,,LOL

    April 2, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  16. Linda

    Jason – excellent post! So true. Where the @#&#& are the real singers?

    April 2, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. Pellgrant

    Bring back Diddy Dirty Money!! (opposite day. just kidding.)

    April 2, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  18. veronica


    April 2, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  19. Music Lover

    oh no, not 'Idol Gives Back' again!!... What a mess!! gosh, I am sooooo tired of this event... blah blah blah!...

    April 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jake

    I agree with Jason. Green Day was pretty good a couple years back though...

    April 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jim

    I think they should have all of the past Idol winners team up to do one of the wonderful group songs that Idol is so famous for....just kidding of course.....

    April 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Janice

    Jason, how well do you sing?

    April 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jason

    Because Annie Lennox did so well last time?! No! She was terrible. Also- Black Eyed Peas? I wonder which auto-tuned piece of garbage they'll perform this time. I don't even watch the results shows anymore, as I cannot stand these pop artists that perform every Wednesday- just horrible performers, and singers: Usher, Kesha, Diddy, Orianthi, Miley Cyrus – just nothing but terrible singers, with horrendous songs. It appears as though Idol Gives Back will be no different. This is one episode my TiVo will not be recording. It's just sad when they cannot find a single performer with natural talent to perform on a singing show.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |

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