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[03/25/10 - 10:03 AM]
Make a Difference for "Idol Gives Back" by Joining the "Help Me Give Back" Campaign
The special edition of "Idol" airs Wednesday, April 21.

[via press release from FOX]

HOT FROM FOX...

MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR "IDOL GIVES BACK" BY JOINING THE "HELP ME GIVE BACK" CAMPAIGN

Set Up Your Fundraising Page Now at americanidol.com/idolgivesback

Be a part of something special this year and help those in need by raising funds to support IDOL GIVES BACK and its beneficiaries before the show airs Wednesday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Join the "Help Me Give Back" program, an online initiative that empowers individuals and teams to raise money for IDOL GIVES BACK, now at www.americanidol.com/idolgivesback and start fundraising today for this worthwhile cause.

Viewers and fans can give back by creating and joining fundraising teams on the "Help Me Give Back" website, which tracks fundraising goals and progress of individual members. Additionally, participants can create individual "Help Me Give Back" pages, set fundraising goals and get the word out to friends, family and co-workers through feeds and widgets as well as via social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

The individuals and teams who impress the show's producers with their campaigns before the deadline of 11:59 PM PT on Tuesday, April 20 could hear Ryan Seacrest say their name on the IDOL GIVES BACK broadcast the following night or even find themselves at an upcoming AMERICAN IDOL show.

The brainchild of Simon Fuller, IDOL GIVES BACK is the Emmy Award-winning television event and musical celebration raising awareness and funds to benefit various U.S. and international charities. This year's beneficiaries include Children's Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children's U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation. The special has made history by raising over $140 million for charity to date, and 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.

AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; and Ken Warwick, executive producer, FremantleMedia North America. The series features host Ryan Seacrest and judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson.

Visit americanidol.com for more information on IDOL GIVES BACK in addition to exclusive videos, photos, special behind-the-scenes information and all of your AMERICAN IDOL news.





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