Wednesday, April 9, 2008

American Idol Gives Back: Jonas Brothers, Billy Crystal, Miley Cyrus, Bono

The Jonas Brothers tell us to give, with shrieks from fans in the background.

"Recently-retired from the New York Yankees" Billy Crystal does a bit, then introduces--Miley Cyrus!

Whoo-hooo, the kids go nuts; she's got on a jacket with a super-sparkly collar, and an eye-catching top underneath. Crystal pretends she's some up-and-coming talent. They don't have any chemistry, both are pretty stiff as they run through some gags pretending each doesn't know who the other is.

She only gets 'excited' and treats him like a celeb when he tells her he did a voice on Monsters, Inc.

So then she sings, Good and Broken Chains--hope all the contestants are taking notes, she looks and acts like a star. I don't think her voice is that great, but her performance is fun to watch.

The Top 12 are shown answering phones. Now here's the interesting thing... I know this show was taped on Sunday--heck, we posted photos from it on Monday.

So are they really answering phones, or is this all staged?!

Maybe some of the performances were taped, others are live. At any rate, we go to something we know is taped, Bono in Africa. Man, this is heartbreaking; a little orphan named Sophia who has AIDs looks into the camera and says she'd like America to keep helping her. Bono says she's 14--she seriously looks like she's 8.

Bono then talks to one of the volunteers, who said three of her kids died of HIV.... The footage is really touching, and vibrant despite the sadness of the subject matter.

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