DeGeneres hosts 'Idol Gives Back' special


Ellen DeGeneres, who has hosted the Oscars and Emmys, is now set to host the "American Idol" fund-raiser special "Idol Gives Back," which will benefit relief programs for children and young people in extreme poverty.

DeGeneres will host the Wednesday night telecast of the Fox singing-competition series, airing from 8-10 p.m. The telecast, a special two-hour results show, will feature live performances from the "Idol" stage as well as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, where DeGeneres will serve as host.

In addition, Fox confirmed Monday that Bono will appear on Wednesday night's "Idol." He will meet with the six "Idol" finalists to talk about the work of ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History and how the audience can help. The "Idol" contestants also will perform a song written by Bono and Dave Stewart about the AIDS emergency in Africa titled "American Prayer."

Bono joins such other celebrity participants as Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Earth, Wind & Fire, Il Divo, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Josh Groban, Jack Black, Helen Mirren, Rascal Flatts, Quincy Jones, Carrie Underwood and Annie Lennox.

"Idol Gives Back" is intended to raise awareness and funds for Charity Projects Entertainment Fund and other organizations that provide relief programs to help children and young people in extreme poverty in America and Africa. CPEF is a supporter of the ONE campaign.

On this week's "Idol" performance show, airing from 8-9 p.m. Tuesday, the six finalists will sing "life anthem" songs of compassion and hope.

In addition to hosting the 79th Annual Academy Awards this year and the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2001, DeGeneres has hosted her own syndicated talker, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," for four seasons.

"Idol" is executive produced by creator Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Ken Warwick of FremantleMedia North America and Nigel Lythgoe of 19 Television.