April 23rd, 2010
01:37 PM ET
It wasn’t a good night for Tim Urban, who was booted off "American Idol" Wednesday night - but the two-hour event that was “Idol Gives Back” had a very good evening, raising almost $45 million for charity.
This year’s show was broadcast live from the “Idol” stage, where host Ryan Seacrest was the master of ceremonies, and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where actress/singer/rapper Queen Latifah served as host.
“Once again, I am over overwhelmed by the generosity of the ‘American Idol’ viewers, our sponsors and our special benefactors. I am so thankful to all of the celebrity guests and performers who appeared Wednesday night to support ‘Idol Gives Back,’ ” said “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller.
The night included performances by Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, the Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox, Jeff Beck & Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige & the All-Star Band. There were also featured appearances by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Victoria Beckham, Morgan Freeman, Wanda Sykes, George Lopez, David Cook, Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, and Bill and Melinda Gates.
The initial tally does not include money from the iTunes Store, which will donate net proceeds from sales of the Top 7 finalists' performances to “Idol Gives Back.”
The money raised benefits various U.S. and international charities including the Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation.
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