American Idol gives $22 million back

Carrie Underwood at Idol Gives BackThe second annual Idol Gives Back fundraiser kicked off with the top eight American Idol contestants performing “Don’t Stop the Music”—and the music didn’t stop for the next two-and-a-half hours. Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, Reese Witherspoon, Fergie and Carrie Underwood were just a few celebrity A-listers who took part to help American Idol and the Idol Gives Back Foundation raise awareness of extreme poverty in the United States and around the world.

By the end of the show, $22 million in pledges had come in, not including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s vow on behalf of his country to donate 20 million mosquito nets (at $10 each) for countries dogged by malaria. Money continues to come in through the website, which will benefit charities such as: The Children’s Defense Fund, The Global Fund, Make It Right, Malaria No More, Save the Children, U.S. Programs and the Children’s Health Fund. If you would like to donate go to

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  1. TerryDavidMulligan • April 10, 2008 @ 12:45 PM

    wow. i thought they made a lot more money last year with less stars.

  2. sk8tergirl • April 10, 2008 @ 5:48 PM


  3. Anonymous • April 11, 2008 @ 1:39 PM

    last report, it was a hell of a lot more than $22M.

  4. Lexi • April 11, 2008 @ 9:21 PM

    Yeah, by Thursday night they announced it was up to $60 million.

  5. Anonymous • April 14, 2008 @ 11:11 AM

    I wonder how much Oprah gave? She made something like $260 million last year; I think she could spare a few bucks.

  6. Me • April 14, 2008 @ 10:34 PM

    I think they should have donated some to Carrie. Looks like she didn’t have enough to scrounge up for a decent dress. What the hell is that thing she’s wearing?

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