Tears of joy and sadness flowed in the US last night as American Idol
highlighted the plight of poverty-stricken kids in Africa and America. The TV talent contest became a charity drive for two magical hours when pop, rock and movie stars filmed special messages, videos and performed live in a bid to highlight charity organization ONE: The Campaign To Make Poverty History
Among the highlights was a moving rendition of West Side Story
love theme Somewhere
from opera quartet Il Divo
, who performed as images of children blowing out candles were beamed onto a huge screen behind them.
Former Idol winner Carrie Underwood
also helped hammer home the emotion of child poverty when she shot a video of herself performing The Pretenders' I'll Stand By You
to a group of African schoolchildren. The video, filmed especially for the show, also featured the Jesus, Take The Wheel
singer visiting an African graveyard with a young local.
Another Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson
, performed gospel standard Up To The Mountain
with British guitar great Jeff Beck
. But the night's musical highlight came as opera star Josh Groban
performed You Lift Me Up
with the African Children's Choir.
The charity special also had a host of comedy moments - Jack Black
performed Seal's Kiss From A Rose
and was critiqued by the British singer himself, while funnyman Ben Stiller
had viewers covering their ears last night as he attempted to raise charity cash by crooning the Little River Band's Reminiscing
on the Idol Gives Back
In a taped video message, the funnyman insisted he wouldn't stop singing until viewers of the American Idol show raised $2 billion for anti-poverty charities.
And stars like Hugh Grant
, Keira Knightley
, Teri Hatcher
, Gwyneth Paltrow
and Oscar winner Helen Mirren
lip-synced a hilarious video version of the Bee Gees' Staying Alive
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)