American Idol

Season 7 Episode 29

Idol Gives Back 2008

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 09, 2008 on FOX
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Idol Gives Back 2008

Idol Gives Back is a music celebration raising awareness and benefiting various U.S. and international charities. This year's event will be bigger and more ambitious than ever, and will feature incredible international artists and sports stars. Last season, the special garnered a prestigious Governor's Award Emmy for raising an incredible $76 million

For official information, click here: Idol Gives Back


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  • great idea...but not as good as last year...

    I was hoping for so much more because last year's episode was so good...but this year was just ok. I'm not a big fan of Miley so...I had no idea who most of the other people were...I thought it was weird that they got wrestlers to say stuff. At least Kiefer was on there! I thought Terry Hatcher singing "Before He Cheats" was really weird, but I was surprised how well she sang it. I was laughing when I saw Chase from House playing the electric violin. Of course, the whole point of the episode is to give, which is awesome. I started tearing up when I watched Chris Daughtry sing his song "What About Now"; that was amazing. Overall, not as good as last year, but I hope to see many more Idol Gives Back!moreless
  • This episode of American Idol was a charity special to raise money for people who really need it.

    I thought this was a really special episode. I saw it last year and I thought it was good, so I was looking forward to watching it again this year. I liked the opening number, I thought it was cool. Some of my other favorite performances were Fergie, I really like her song "Finally". I thought Carrie Underwood this a great job performing. When Terri Hatcher came out to sing Carrie's "Before He Cheats" I was a little nervous, but I thought she sang it good. I really liked the group numbers that the Idols sang, especially "Seasons of Love". I thought it really fit the tone of the night. Robin Williams was really funny, I could not stop laughing. Jimmy Kimmel also did a good job talking about Simon, the things he said were funny. The videos they showed of the children were so sad. I think what American Idol is doing by raising money can really make a huge difference in the future.moreless
  • Not one of my favorites, but the cause is good.

    This was a mediocre episode of American Idol. But it did have its good points; they were trying to raise money to help those less fortunate, complete with clips of notable names visiting places with children less fortunate than those we know ourselves. But that's where the good points end. The performances were subpar (though Miley Cyrus was hot), and the whole thing was boring, kinda "pageanty" to me, as a certain Simon would say.

    But the effort and the thought were there; the previous year's "Idol Gives Back" was a great episode, but I would be very surprised to see them do it again next year, because this year's show was, as that same Simon would say, "old-fashioned".

    That's only my opinion. Your opinion may vary.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • During the song Sheila E.knocks over the cymbals.

    • When Brad Pitt came on stage he had mic issues.

    • The judges sat where the audience did instead of at the judges table since there was no results (unlike last year). This is the first time the judges haven't sat at the Judges' Table since the Season 1 Finale. *Note they did sit at a judges' table on stage for the Bob skit.

    • Like last year there were two stages. One was the regular Idol stage and the other was the Kodak Theatre where most of the performances took place. Ellen DeGeneres was suppose to co-host as she did last year, however she was unable to.

    • This year, people in Canada were also able to donate by calling the number.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (8)

    • The following is a list of all the celebrities that appeared in this episode, either in video or on stage (not performances, which is a separate note): Adam Sandler,Alicia Keys,Annie Lennox,Ashley Tisdale,Ben Stiller,Brad Pitt, Bill Clinton,Billy Crystal,Billy Ray Cyrus,Bono,Carrie Underwood,Celine Dion,Chris Jericho,Dane Cook,Daughtry,David Beckham,David Spade,Eli Manning,Ellen DeGeneres,Fergie,Forest Whitaker,George Lopez,Prime Minister of the United KingdomGordon Brown,Heart,Hillary Clinton,Jennifer Connelly,Jimmie Johnson,Jimmy Kimmel(who roasted Simon Cowell),John Cena,Jonas Brothers,Julianne Moore,Keith Urban,Kiefer Sutherland,Kobe Bryant,Kylie Minogue,First Lady of CaliforniaMaria Shriver,Mary Murphy,Nigel Lythgoe,Peyton Manning,Reese Witherspoon,Rob Schneider,Robin Williams(as "Bob" the "Russian Idol" fromNarodniy Artist),Sarah Silverman,So You Think You Can DanceSeason 2and3finalists,Triple H,Tyra Banks,Vanessa Hudgens,Victoria BeckhamandWhoopi Goldberg.
      Jordin Sparks and Elliott Yamin could also be seen in the audience.

    • Special Performance tonight:
      -Top 8-"Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna as pastSo You Think You Can Dancefinalists performed various dance routines
      Snoop DoggandCharlie Wilson-"Can't Say Goodbye"
      -Teri Hatcher with Band From TV which consists ofGreg Grunberg,James Denton,Jesse Spencer,Bob Guiney,Adrian Pasdar,Scott Grimes and Hugh Laurie-"Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood.
      Miley Cyrus-"Good and Broken".
      Fergiewith John Legend playing the piano-"Finally"
      Heart,joined by Fergie-"Barracuda"
      Annie Lennox-"Many Rivers to Cross" by Jimmy Cliff
      Carrie Underwood-"Praying for Time" by George Michael
      Gloria Estefanperformed featuringSheila E.on percussion, as well as theSo You Think You Can Dancefinalists and professional dancerFabienne Liechti'-"Get on Your Feet"
      -Top 8- "Seasons of Love" from the musicalRENT
      -Miley Cyrus- "See You Again"
      -Daughtry-"What About Now" in a video of their trip toUganda
      -Mariah Carey-"Fly Like a Bird" withRandy Jacksonon bass guitar
      -Top 8together with theSo You Think You Can Dancefinalists and professional dancerFabienne Liechti'-"Shout to the Lord" by Hillsongs

    • The Top 12 reunite in this episode.

    • The Top 12 contestants answered the phones on the Idol stage and took in pledges.

    • This is the first time stars from So You Think You Can Dance? appeared on an American Idol stage.

    • This episode will air in Australia on the April 10th 2008.

    • Special start time 7:30 p.m. eastern time

    • This episode is a special 2 & a half hour show.


    • Robin Williams makes a number of allusions while on. First he names three shows popular in Russia. They are "Meal or No Meal", an allusion to "Deal or No Deal", "Survivor: Serbia", allusion to all the "Survivors" and "So You Think You Can Drink?" an allusion to "So You Think You Can Dance?". He also told Simon he loves him in a Brokeback way, which is a reference to the movie "Brokeback Mountain", which is about two gay cowboys.

    • Vanessa Hudgens: "We're all in this together, so pick up that phone and do whatever you can."

      "We're All in This Together" is a song from High School Musical, in which Vanessa Hudgens stars in.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: "By changing lives tonight, in 24 hours you can change the World."

      Kiefer Sutherland stars on the show 24.