Right now, ABC is getting ready to air the network’s first virtual American Idol competition show ever. In the meantime, The Top 20 perform a version of Bill Withers “Lean on Me” from their homes to support Feeding America. Coronavirus concerns have shut down not only film and TV production, but businesses all over the United States.
In order to help those in need, American Idol released a “virtual” performance of the classic song as part of a “Feeding America” PSA. It closes with a message from judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, mentor Bobby Bones and host Ryan Seacrest. “Hey America,” says Katy, “Our Idol family wants you to know that you are not alone.” Lionel adds, “During this crisis, over 37 million people,” Luke continues, “Do not have access to nutritious food.” Bobby Bones adds, “We can lean on each other.”
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“Learn more at FeedingAmerica.org/FeedtheLove” adds Ryan Seacrest. Click on the link for more information on Feeding America, and to make a donation.
This Sunday (April 26), the American Idol airs from over 20 locations, including performances from the Top 20, plus comments and mentoring from Katy, Luke, Lionel and Bobby. Ryan Seacrest hosts from his home. America votes, and the results are revealed the following week, when 20 singers are cut down to 10. The 3 hour finale airs, remotely, on May 17.
Check out the American Idol Top 20 singing Bill Withers “Lean on Me” from their homes