Wednesday, April 9, 2008

American Idol Gives Back: Maria Shriver, Ben Stiller, Snoop Dogg, Kobe Bryant

Everyone's all dressed up in their finest for Idol Gives Back tonight at the weird hour of 7:30 p.m. EST--and I'm here live, as your guest blogger. Eileen sends her regards, she's stuck at work.... :-(

The show kicks off with the cast from So You Think You Can Dance. They're... energetic. Then the Idol contestants join in and start singing Don't Stop the Music; it's a fun combination, they should do this more often.

Back from break, and it's Maria Shriver.... She quotes Gandhi, "You can be the change that you want to see in this world." Then, with more than 100 diverse volunteers on stage behind her, she gives a pretty smooth campaign speech, complete with more inspiring quotes. Maybe the wrong spouse is governor of California?

Up next is Ben Stiller, who does a similar schtick to last year. It looks like his black tie is on too tight, as he talks about giving a gugillion dollars.

Hmmm, a slick, vibrant video showing kids filling up brown water from a river and lugging it in plastic industrial-looking jugs across town. Then... drinking it?! Gross! They don't actually drink it, but ask us to imagine if we had to.

Next--Snoop Dogg performs. In a spiffy black hoodie, with the American Idol logo plastered across the front. Man, his microphone's got bling on it; imagine if he was 17 and trying out for the show.... He's got one of the youth teams he sponsors behind him, they look adorable all in Snoop Dogg jackets, trying to look hard and all but cute as heck. Charlie Wilson's up there too.

Kobe Bryant appears in a clip urging us to donate, wearing an odd circular bandaid on his left cheek.

By the way--you can donate at 1-877-436-5234.

Getty Images photo of Charlie Wilson and Snoop Dogg


Anonymous said...

Ben Stillar was the worst and most offensive peron. Vulgar and unwanted comments from something so serious in support of millions in need.

Ben Spinman said...

Maria Shriver in her speach repeated the seamingly new age mantra "We are the ones we have been waiting for". I think we will be hearing alot more of this. It's kinda spooky. I think the new liberals are trying to substitute God with humanity. Check this out:

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