Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Ellen Degeneres, Kara Dioguardi and Randy Jackson were on Larry King Live last night to promote the upcoming Idol Gives Back special (airing Wednesday at 8/7c on FOX) and to talk a little Idol.
Check out the vids after the jump. On a disappointing note: Annie Lennox is in Europe, and due to the current airline crisis caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland, may not make it to the US to appear on IGB. Sads.
No name-checking of potential winners, but the crew defends this season as best they can, Ryan and Simon swear their banter is real and unscripted, and all describe their individual experiences taping segments with charitable organizations for Wednesday’s special. Plus, the crew have a few thoughts on Adam Lambert’s role as mentor on last week’s show.
Simon says he doesn’t think Paula Abdul will be back, and that we’ll be hearing from her “very soon.” And, Simon says, with a straight face, that he thinks Idol will run on television for 20 or 30 years….
Bonus: Larry King interviews Elliott Yamin HERE.
Video after the JUMP…
Part 1 – Discussion of the current season of Idol, ratings, each talks about their role on their show,
Part 2 – All about IGB, and the judges individual experiences with their charities, clips from Angola
Part 3 – More on IGB, Annie Lennox may not make it, a contestant will be eliminated on Wednesday, what makes a good judge, Ellen’s first season, Kara more confident this year
Part 4 – Hurting contestants feelings, on the Simon and Ryan banter: is it for ratings or is it for real?, Simon presses Kara’s buttons
Part 5 – Ellen and Feeding America, How to donate to IGB, Simon and Children’s Health fun in AZ
Part 6 – The IGB Auction, Randy and Kara singing lesson, What is pitchy? Ellen demonstrates, questions about IGB from twitter, the Ryan and the judges donate their paycheck from the night to IGB, the importance of “giving back”, On Simon leaving the show “it’s the right time to go”
Part 7 – On Adam Lambert as mentor, more on the IGB auction, Ryan and the judges contracts
Part 8 – Will Paula come back? Simon says no, Simon thinks Idol will run for 20, 30 years, Simon thought the show would last 3 or 4 weeks