April 21st, 2010
08:02 PM ET

We have lift off on 'Idol Gives Back'

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Here we go with "Idol's" annual feel good night of the year.

It's not going to feel so great for whoever gets sent home and I, for one, am surprised that the powers that be decided to go ahead and have an elimination. Just feels like it might be a bit of a downer in the midst of all of the charitable feel goodness.

The show just started and Ryan Seacrest is subdued in introducing President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's remarks.

Hilarious to hear the president call the contestants his "dawgs" and have Mrs. Obama warn Simon to be nice.

And we are off!

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Helene

    Well, with the money the four judges have between them, mostly Simon, it would have been very nice if he would have done something special on his own. It would have been a great way to end his time on American Idol.. He owes this show a lot even though he has others, so if SIMON GAVE BACK it would have been a very honorable gesture!
    As far as the other judges go, they could have done a little something.
    Ellen always does very nice things on her talk show, she could have also done something for Idol Gives Back.....

    April 23, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. millie

    Charity should come from the heart. It is a wonderful virtue. A personal one. No government should be involved in deciding who is or should be more/most charitable. Sorry Mr. Gates- you lost me there.

    April 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GH

    Anyone doing the Math? Simon proudly announces that close to $15 million has been donated "so far" w/ 30 min. left in the show... although the lines may still be open afterwards. And we're to be impressed when almost 20 million watch the show every week.

    And Carrie Underwood is giving 36 cents of her ticket sales to Save the Children. 36 cents on the dollar?? 50 would impress me.

    And wouldnt it have been really really cool if the 4 judges stood up w/ a $1,000,000 check of their OWN, their OWN donation, instead of photo-ops and a "sales pitch"? Ok, a bit cynical... but you totally know what Im talking about.

    April 22, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. jb

    I'm sorry, but there are a small handful of songs that are sacred. If your name is not robert plant, than you should not sing stairway to heaven. If your name is not Steven Tyler, than you should not sing Dream on. I don't care who you are or how famous you are.....Just my opinion.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. willyboy

    It's going to be a loooonnnng wait i think for any results-

    April 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. protogere

    ::leaves breadcrumbs for Mozart::

    April 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. protogere

    Not that she wasn't great, but why should Crystal get a moment to showcase her voice when others didn't get one specifically focused on them?

    April 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. willyboy

    nice to have the President & first Lady kick off the show- sounds like it's going to be a good concert.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. protogere

    That was really cool I thought.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |

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