‘Idol Gives Back’ was a hit when it was taped over the weekend, and was an even bigger hit as it was broadcast on television last night.
Above is a video showing Brad Pitt‘s love from the audience, his slight technical difficulty and his introduction to Daughtry’s moving video shot in Uganda.
According to producer Nigel Lythgoe, the show received 3,000 calls within the first minute of airing from people pledging money to the charity.
Contestant David Archuleta helped answer phones most of the time, although his intentions were questioned. A staffer joked, ‘He’s looking for a prom date!’
Jason Castro even offered to cut off one of his dreadlocks to raise money for the cause.
At the end of the show when contestants performed “Shout to the Lord,” tons of paper streamers fell to the stage. A witness said that Michael Johns made himself a streamer-angel on the stage to Kristy Lee Cook’s delight.
Numbers have not been released yet for the amount raised last night, as pledges are still being accepted.
If you would like to donate, you can go here.