If like me, you found yourself wasting two and a half hours watching mind-numbing entertainment tonight, you just may have been tuned in to Fox’s “American Idol: Idol Gives Back”. To be fair, it was probably a total of half an hour of entertainment, an hour of in-house ads about charitable orgs and celebrities telling us to call 1-866-IDOL-SOMETHING, and at least an hour of commercials. Man, there were a lot of commercial breaks, usually preceded by Ellen DeGeneres or Whoopi Goldberg or a famous sports guy urging the audience to give money.
Miley Cyrus and Billy Crystal did this cute little comedy thing, followed by Miley belting out a song. Later in the evening, Miley gave another performance, which would have made Hannah Montana blush. I mean, seriously, she’s a 15 year-old kid who can’t even legally drive in my state and she’s gyrating like a maniac on stage. Then there was Fergie, who was wearing so much eye make-up looked like she was punched in both eyes. She sang with Heart, and they were uncomfortably close while singing. It made me feel uncomfortable. About how as uncomfortable as Simon Cowell must’ve felt when Robin Williams squeezed his butt cheeks (if you didn’t watch the show, I’m sure you are thoroughly confused by now).
I think last year’s show was better–it was funnier (probably because it was co-hosted by Ellen DeGeneres), more dazzling, and less, well, annoying. I mean, I get that we need to give back, donate tons of money, and stop being so selfish. Yet are the only places in the world suffering from poverty and misfortune New Orleans and the continent of Africa? If you watched “Idol Gives Back”, you might think so (of course, Simon Cowell did visit NYC and Miley & Billy Ray went to Kentucky).
DON’T GET ME WRONG. I UNDERSTAND THAT CONDITIONS ARE HORRIBLE, REPULSIVE, AND DISGUSTING–THAT PEOPLE ARE DYING OF DISEASES THAT ARE EASILY PREVENTED AND THAT WE CAN DO THINGS LIKE PROVIDE MEDS, MOSQUITO NETS, AND CLEAN WELLS TO EASE THE SUFFERING. I ALSO KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT DONE HELPING THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS. YES, THEY NEED LOVE, SUPPORT, AND HELP. I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO HELP THESE TWO PLACES.
But…my goodness, how many celebrities had to go to Africa to drive the message home? Bono (who I respect), Annie Lennox, Daughtry, Forest Whitaker & wife, Alicia Keys. I found Alicia Keys exceptionally annoying wearing an expensive-looking outfit, complete with her hair extensions, telling me to give money. Seriously, don’t these people know what to wear when going to visit the down and out? I had to give props to Reese Witherspoon, who had her hair tied back in a ponytail and wore a simple outfit for her trip to New Orleans. Reese, as always, was excellent. I was also especially touched by Annie Lennox and the ever-wonderful Simon Cowell.
Ironically, it was Simon, who makes $40 million a year who asked people to give “if” they could. How is it that one of the richest guys on the show “gets it”? I really do love Simon Cowell, even if some vulgar comedians accused him of having “man boobs”.
The strangest part of the evening was the finale in which the “Top 8″ sang “Shout to the Lord” with a choir of some sort. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it. I mean, I’ve sung “Shout to the Lord” many a’times in church…and there it was on a show called “American Idol”. Bizarre, and yet I feel like God was glorified and praised in the midst of it.
Anyway, I wanted to call and give a few bucks because I thought I might get a chance to talk to Brooke White or David Cook, but I didn’t call. I did vote for Brooke like 200 times last night. I hope she appreciates it. I figured David would slide through so he didn’t need my votes.
I’ll put my money in the jar I keep ’round the house called “The Giving Jar”. I put loose change or random money in there, and once I get $50, I’m going to send the money to an organization like International Justice Mission or Christian Freedom International or Blood: Water Mission…or maybe I’ll just give it to the local soup kitchen down the street.
Here’s an amusing summary of “Idol Gives Back” and Micheal Johns’ elimination–this woman is briliant, so read her column, except about Michael Johns. I really wasn’t into him, probably because of his wife.