Idol Gives Back Returns for Season 9

via American Idol.com

After taking a season off, the Idol Gives Back fundraiser special, will return for American Idol Season 9. The special will air on Wednesday, April 21, and, according to the press release, “the week’s voting results will be revealed, sending one of the finalists home.”

American Idol will once again host Idol Gives Back, the Emmy Award-winning television event and musical celebration raising awareness and funds to benefit various U.S. and international charities, during the Top 7 Results Show Wednesday, April 21 at 8/7c on FOX. Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation are confirmed beneficiaries.

‘I am very pleased to announce that we will be doing our third Idol Gives Back on April 21, 2010, ‘  said Simon Fuller, Idol creator and CEO of 19 Entertainment. ‘This is our opportunity to reach out and support the people of America and around the world who need our compassion and generosity to improve or even save their lives. America will undoubtedly prove once again what a remarkable and generous nation it is. For American Idol to be able to facilitate this kind of initiative makes me very proud.’ 

Viewers will once again be able to make donations during and following the show. In addition, the week’s voting results will be revealed, sending one of the finalists home.

During Season 6’s IGB, results were peppered throughout the broadcast, but at the last minute, nobody was sent home.   Season 7,   IGB took place on a Wednesday, with   a separate elimination episode airing on Thursday.

Sending a contestant home during IGB harshes the feel good vibe of the special, but last year, the 2-hour fundraiser had the lowest ratings of all the Season’s episodes. Folding the results back into IGB would likely attract more viewers. The producers will have to figure out a way to make it work.

Idol Gives Back has raised over $140 million for charity to date.

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31 Comments

  1. Oh. goody. They’re bringing this back. Why am I not surprised? I mean I’m always happy about charitable work, so yay! on raising money for charities. That being said and I hate to be so petty in the face of that, but I think these episodes are cheesy beyond belief. And yes, I’m putting that in the context of this show which makes Velveeta looks klassy, with a capital Kah.

  2. They are cheesy but there’s some good stuff that I still listen to. Annie Lennox performing Many Rivers to Cross is something I go back to time and time again. I don’t see any cheese there. If we get just one performance like that out of the show, I’m willing to wade through the cheese.

  3. or as i like to call it, “idol pats itself on the back”.

    i’m sure the intentions are good on behalf of those that give, but these sorts of international aid fundraisers are so ineffective in helping fix the root of why these problems persist that i’ve never been a big fan. a feel-good moment for those that give but minor, temporary relief for those in need. but that’s a whole ‘nother issue i’ve written about so not the place, lol.

    i just hope they don’t pull a michael johns this time. oh how cruel that was.

  4. I can’t speak for all the programs that are beneficiaries, but the Malaria No More program which helps purchase mosquito nets is actually incredibly effective at preventing the spread of malaria, your cynicism notwithstanding.

    I’m glad they’ll be doing this again this year. I’m looking forward to it.

  5. This is good to know . There are millions of people in need . Whatever little that is done that will help alleviate pain and misery specially in children is a welcome blessing.
    Although incorporating the results show , seems to convey that the intention is still ratings and business and charity is just a by- product.

  6. I don’t know if they are the most effective charities but I love that the special raises awareness of those in need. I think that it’s important to be reminded that while we’re watching TV others are suffering horribly and that they desperately need help.

  7. Oooh, I know how they can roll in an elimination into a feel good telethon. Towards the end of the night Ryan announces, Idol’s Giving Back X million dollars an-n-n-d the following contestant!

  8. Heh — and I thought having Ellen DeGeneres as a judge was the worst decision they would be making this year…

    p.s. Dear Nigel — Amazing Race will still win the emmy — not you.

  9. I think the fairest idea would be to isolate it from the flow of the show completely, such as having it the week AFTER the finale, knowing the ratings are much lower for non-competition shows.

  10. or as i like to call it, ‘idol pats itself on the back’ .

    Or as I like to call it “Emmy Bait”.

    Seriously, can we get some accounting as to what was done with the money? IGB is a charity. Why isn’t it rated by any of the charity agencies?

    Although incorporating the results show , seems to convey that the intention is still ratings and business and charity is just a by- product.

    Yes, it was much better when they had it as a separate show. Though, maybe they think more people will watch it if there is an elimination at stake?

    Sending a contestant home during IGB harshes the feel good vibe of the special, but last year [snip] The producers will have to figure out a way to make it work.

    I’ll predict right now that they will use the judge’s save that night.

  11. I’m glad they are doing this. It raises a ton of money for people in need and gets the word out there about all the different issues that affect people everyday. Idol is probably the only show that could do this kind of thing where it would be effective, so I’m happy to see this back.

  12. IGB is a charity. Why isn’t it rated by any of the charity agencies?

    The charities it donates to are all rated, right? Like Malaria No More and the Children Health Fund, etc. Why does ICG have to be rated if it’s more like middle man donations collector? I recall seeing some vids a couple years ago of DC and Annie Lennox and other Idol representatives presenting the various checks to the charities. The show itself announces and trumpets the collected amounts in real time, and then the total monies collected are accounted for and publicly given to the charities. Doesn’t seem that fishy to me…

  13. I actually like Idol Gives Back and feel they do raise awareness on various issues as well as the fundraising. I don’t like that they send someone home on the same night.

  14. Why does ICG have to be rated if it’s more like middle man donations collector? I

    Because how do we know that all of the money is making it through the middle man? What if they are scraping off 50% of the donations for their own administration? We don’t. They don’t give us a full accounting of the money and that always makes me suspicious.

    The United Way is also a “middle man donations collector”, but they have no problem submitting their information so that they are ranked.

    Doesn’t seem that fishy to me’ ¦

    I’m sorry. I’m glad they are doing good things and all, but I’ve always viewed the exercise with a jaded eye. We know their ad rate. It’s a little shocking to know the show takes in more in gross ad revenue during the IGB night than IGB collects. So, the show is already a money maker for them.

  15. Oh. goody. They’re bringing this back. Why am I not surprised? I mean I’m always happy about charitable work, so yay! on raising money for charities. That being said and I hate to be so petty in the face of that, but I think these episodes are cheesy beyond belief. And yes, I’m putting that in the context of this show which makes Velveeta looks klassy, with a capital Kah.

    Why should I type when Truthiness can do it for me?

    I’ll predict right now that they will use the judge’s save that night.

    Wouldn’t that be awful if they did?? Oh man.

  16. How do other telethons usually work? Are those rated by charity agencies? I don’t know how those work.

    We know their ad rate. It’s a little shocking to know the show takes in more in gross ad revenue during the IGB night than IGB collects. So, the show is already a money maker for them.

    That’s not shocking to me at all. Of course the show’s a money maker for them. Corporations ALWAYS get something out of charity.

  17. It’s a great cause, but it becomes a big infomercial for Ford and whoever participates, as well as for Idol. There has to be a BETTER way…

  18. It is no worse than the Jerry Lewis Telethon IMO……anything that makes people aware of the tradgedies that face other people is not bad IMO. I give $20 to American Idol gives back and that usually translates into a cup of coffee a day for a couple of weeks. Small sacrifice for me….major return for someone in Africa that needs help.

  19. Guys, the way you get big corporations to donate to charity is by letting them trumpet their donations for good publicity. Corporations have one duty and one duty only–to make money for their shareholders. They can actually be sued by their shareholders for doing “nice” things that don’t help their bottom line. So, yes, it is going to be a big infomercial for Ford and whoever participates, but, that is the way things work. I doubt the families getting the food and mosquito nets care whether they got them as part of a cynical ratings ploy.

    At any rate, in between the cynicisms and the cheese, there have also been some unbelievably fantastic performances on these episodes.

    Remember Kelly’s “Up to the Mountain”?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shTQ5UTbfsM

    I’ll take more of this, please.

    These feel good charities are nice however I firmly believe ‘Charity begins at home.’  There are so many in need in the richest country in the world but giving to a 3rd world country a la Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is in vogue right now.

    The suffering that is going on on a mass scale in some of these African countries is beyond what could be imagined in this country. And if we only give to charities for those “at home,” who is going to help the people who live in a country where the vast majority are poor and starving? The other starving people in their country? For what its worth, I do believe that at least some of previous Idol Gives Back donations have been applied to hungry children in America.

  20. These feel good charities are nice however I firmly believe ‘Charity begins at home.’  There are so many in need in the richest country in the world but giving to a 3rd world country a la Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is in vogue right now.

    You want to see poverty? Visit Appalachia. You want to see hardship? Visit any rural area in the country where there is no industry and no jobs, take a look at the people here that make too much money to qualify for assistance but not enough money to pay for food and decent housing not to mention medical care. Look at the old people who are lonely, have no place to live and no one to take care of them.

    I could go on and on.

    Seeing little African babies starving with flies on their faces is horrible, yes, but for some reason seeing the poverty in our own country is our dirty little secret.

    BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE SparklesATL. Take care of the needy in our great country first. I have several family members who lost everything in a few of the major hurricanes but received nothing because they “made too much money” which, believe me wasn’t too much. Great that AI is doing this, but how about “American Idol Gives Back to America“?

  21. We need to take care of others while our own suffer.

    I’m confused. A lot of the IGB charities are domestic. It’s not an either or situation.

  22. I don’t understand why people would be against this. Yes maybe some of the people involved have less than noble reasons for doing this, but so what? It still raises millions of dollars for good charities. Why do you care what someones reasons for doing charity work are as long as they help those in need? I think charity work on tv just makes some people uncomfortable because it confronts them in their warm comfy homes that some have so little while you have so much. Also it makes sense to have a real results show for IGB because it draws in more people that way, and that means more money for the charities. Who cares if someone gets voted off during it, it certainly is not going to ruin the mood for me. That person will have had national exposure, been treated like a star for weeks, and when it is all said and done will have made six figures just from the show. I don’t think their disappointment will dampen the joy of helping the homeless, the starving, and the sick.

  23. Great that AI is doing this, but how about ‘American Idol Gives Back to America’?

    Part of the money does go to American charities. I would think ‘Feeding America’  is an American charity and everytime they show the Idols or judges going to the places the donations go to, they show a video from Africa and from some needy American communities.

    Yes, it was much better when they had it as a separate show. Though, maybe they think more people will watch it if there is an elimination at stake?

    Yes, that’s exactly what they are driving for ‘ ¦ more ratings for Idol Gives Back. Reportedly the last IGB show slipped in the ratings probably because some audience members saw no point in watching since it didn’t effect the competition. By incorporating an elimination, they are aiming to keep the ratings from dipping.

    Hey, another benefit from IGB is getting to see some former Idols who might either perform or be featured in a video.

  24. I don’t understand why people would be against this. Yes maybe some of the people involved have less than noble reasons for doing this, but so what? It still raises millions of dollars for good charities.

    Personally, I’m not against it, but it is distasteful because it isn’t really altruistic. If there weren’t commercials during the two-hour show, for instance, that would help.

  25. Personally, I’m not against it, but it is distasteful because it isn’t really altruistic. If there weren’t commercials during the two-hour show, for instance, that would help.

    It’s distasteful? What on earth? Perhaps there are some questionable elements, but to call the entire thing distasteful is absurd to me. Good things come from the show – period.

    It’s a great cause, but it becomes a big infomercial for Ford and whoever participates, as well as for Idol. There has to be a BETTER way’ ¦

    I can’t think of one. Using the most popular television show in America to raise money for charities is kind of brilliant.

  26. I am all for it- anything to raise money/awareness for any charity is always a good thing.

    Any ideas who will be the ‘guests’ this year? both former idols and non-idol stars?

    Carrie, Kelly, David(s), Kris, Adam, Daughtry, Annie Lenox, I bet Miley will be back, the Beckhams, Black Eyed Peas, John Cusack, Matt Dhillon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Seth Rogan, U2, One Republic, Lady Gaga, etc.

  27. I like it!!!! wish they had it this yr so we would have one more week of Adam

  28. Great that AI is doing this, but how about ‘American Idol Gives Back to America’?

    They definitely do give back to America. I remember them donating to charities helping Appalachia and Hurricane Katrina relief, and there might have been others, too.

    Yes maybe some of the people involved have less than noble reasons for doing this, but so what? It still raises millions of dollars for good charities.

    I totally agree with this. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the charity. (IMO)

    Although incorporating the results show , seems to convey that the intention is still ratings and business and charity is just a by- product.

    When you think about it, though, the more people watching, the more money they’ll raise for charity. (most likely)

  29. I would be more apt to give if they added the Red Cross and United Way to that list and then when I am making my donation, ask me of the 7 or so organizations noted, where do I want my money to be given to…as in, letting me divide up my donation to the charities of my choice… not have them divide it up for me.

    Myself, I would rather keep all the money in the USA. How can we help others, when many people in this country can’t even help themselves? Feeding people is a start–to help keep minds and bodies strong, but we need to provide safe homeless shelters, job training and counselling to those in need until they can get back on their feet. Yes malaria is a bad situation, but we are bleeding jobs on a daily basis in this country. This year I didn’t get a raise, however that didn’t stop my rent, medical insurance premiums, doctor copays, etc., from increasing. We’re in tight spots now. I just don’t want any money I give to go beyond our borders. I’m not being selfish, but realistic…helping those here in the USA will benefit us all and hopefully jobs will be kept and old jobs lost, will be given back to those that had lost them originally. Then once we are back on our feet, we can go back to being the generous country that we have always been and helping those in other countries.

  30. Cuddles,

    Maybe for people like you it would be good to make a donation to your charity of preference in the name of ‘Idol Gives Back’ … or whatever. Then send them a letter telling them how they inspired you to give back to that charity serving people in your community or within America.

    You mention United Way and Red Cross. Both these organizations have had some major scandals associated with them and misappropriation of funds along with other seedy things.

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