twitter facebook stumble upon rss

'Idol Gives Back': A Veritable Sob-Fest

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Last night's star-studded "American Idol" fundraising/elimination extravaganza couldn't be witnessed without tissues on hand. And among our earnest contestants, justice was served at last. Let's review.

american idol

First off, I can't watch "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" without welling up, 'kay? I'm one of those idiots. So the abundance of celeb-infused footage of the fund beneficiaries just about knocked me on my ass. Especially the story about the pregnant woman in Africa who contracted malaria and died on tape while we -- and her despondent husband -- looked on. When the cameras homed in on this poor guy carrying the remains of his wife and baby in pine boxes, I collapsed in a hawt-mess heap of tears and ran for my phone to donate (as my hubs looked on in shame and wonder).

Go ahead. Make fun. But I dare you to watch that segment without losing your mind and forking over the contents of your wallet. "Idol Gives Back" raised more than $15 million by the end of the show ....

President and First Lady Obama kicked things off by asking all Americans to donate. Barack fist-pumped as he said to the contestants, "Y'all are my dawgs." Michelle tsked Simon, asking him to be nice. Shortly thereafter, the celeb footage of the disadvantaged was unleashed. Jennifer Garner visited a remote town in West Virginia. Randy Jackson and Morgan Freeman hung out in Kentucky. Simon Cowell showed that he's actually capable of hugging a child without recoiling as if it were boiling his skin.

The most moving celeb recount came from a stranded-in-London Annie Lennox, who told the tale of a 7-year-old girl born with HIV who weighed the same as a typical 1-year-old. We're talking walking skeleton -- it was a miracle that the little girl was breathing, let alone drawing a picture. Lennox went back to visit her after a few months, and not only had the peanut survived due to donated medicine (thanks to our dollars!), she'd gained enough weight to look remotely healthy. I think I was wiping errant tears off the couch at this point. Following that was a pre-taped performance from Lennox, who is always flawless in my book. This just confirmed it.

Live performances came courtesy of The Black Eyed Peas, who performed their latest thump-thump, "Rock That Body." "Idol" alum Carrie Underwood gave an elegant performance of her song, "Change." Alicia Keys is always gorge, but sounded like she was out of breath during her brief hits medley. Sir Elton John performed "Your Song" live, and Jeff Beck rose from the crypt to finally claim his rightful place as living guitar legend during a great jam with Joss Stone (to the tune of "I Put a Spell on You").

Another highlight came from the Mary J. Blige All-Star Band -- an amalgam of talent including the amazing gal guitar player Orianthi, Steve Vai (who blew the dust off of him?!), Travis Barker and "Idol" judge Randy Jackson. They scorched through a modern rendition of "Stairway to Heaven" which surprisingly left a decent aftertaste.

A futile attempt at comedy from Jonah Hill and Russell Brand could not be saved by cameos from Jim Carrey and Slash. George Lopez and Wanda Sykes did a little stand-up; George judged the judges and Wanda ragged on the show, saying it was "Mean Idol" because the contestants were forced to get up and sing after they were voted off -- to remind us why we didn't vote for them. Burn! Loved her.

And now for the results you've been waiting for: The contestants were called down to center stage in twos and threes -- and the first relieved was our GURL, Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox. The bottom three consisted of Casey, Aaron and Tim -- and Tim was FINALLY sent packin'.

SO happy Siobhan was saved! Maybe people are listening to the music after all. Clearly, I need to tweak my algorithms.

Next week's mentor is Shania Twain, and the poor "Idols" will be confined to her songbook for material. Ew. But the potential for comedic relief there is HUGE.

What'll happen? Tune in to "American Idol" on FOX next Tuesday, and then stop by here for the recap!

next: Honey, I Blew Up the Food!
15 comments so far | Post a comment now
forex robot June 17, 2010, 12:55 AM

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Download Full Movies Now September 11, 2010, 9:32 PM

Thanks for the post I definitely learned anything from it. Very good posts on this site Often searching forward to new post.

massage therapy December 19, 2010, 12:22 AM

Couldnt agree more with that, very attractive article

soundtrack  January 29, 2011, 2:59 AM

+1 ))

Flashpler011 February 7, 2011, 6:03 PM

We need to follow certain rules and regulations to avoid these kind of situations, thanks.

Wallace Niles February 11, 2011, 1:42 AM

Asked if she ever thought it might have been more than just a passing relationship, Stevenson noted, “I think any time that you get involved with anyone in a relationship, if you’re a woman who has passion and a heart, and you understand love, and you have innocence and you’re a little naive, I think that you would believe in the Cinderella story.”

evworld11223 February 24, 2011, 7:52 PM

The post is written in very a good manner and it entails many useful information for me. I am happy to find your distinguished way of writing the post. Now you make it easy for me to understand and implement the concept. Thank you for the post.
tax lien investing

Life Plus March 17, 2011, 2:42 PM

Can there be a wireless bluetooth for the i phone aside from the iphone 3gs wireless bluetooth plus the JAW BONE bluetooth?Now im looking for something a touch less within price. The actual jawbone headset im sure will be $100 or even a extra and the Apple inc Bluetooth will be $130. May anyone know if you have a Bluetooth that can talk with my i phone, I see every person obtaining a great deal making use of their headsets regarding such as 55, sixty even $80 dollarsPlease help! Kudos!

BioBasics March 17, 2011, 6:46 PM

I have seen eGullet called out as being too pro-dining industry, and Chowhound as being somewhat antagonistic to the industry.

how to lose face fat March 19, 2011, 8:40 AM

Sweet web site , super design , real clean and use pleasant.

CityCashLoans March 21, 2011, 5:27 AM

Me and my family loves watching American Idol. It is our favorite show. We gave been watching it since its origin and have followed all its seasons.
No Fax Payday Loans

Rooibos March 28, 2011, 4:54 AM

Hey there, please tell us when we will see a follow up!

Game Copy Wizard March 29, 2011, 10:43 AM

It is best to take part in a contest for among the best blogs on the web. I will advocate this website!

Miami Ink Tattoo Designs April 3, 2011, 6:07 AM

WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..extra wait .. …

Anonymous April 9, 2011, 1:03 AM

This is really socking that “President and First Lady Obama kicked things off by asking all Americans to donate.” i didn’t expect this really.
Same Day Loans

Back to top >>