Tonight, Ryan Seacrest announced that over $60 million has already been raised by IDOL GIVES BACK, a special music celebration raising awareness and funds for six charities including: Children’s Defense Fund, The Children’s Health Fund, The Global Fund, Make It Right, Malaria No More and Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. Donations continue to come in, and an updated total will be announced next week. Viewers who wish to donate may do so by calling 1-877-IDOL-AID (1-877-436-5243) or by logging on to www.americanidol.com.
Also on tonight’s show, finalist Michael Johns was eliminated from the AMERICAN IDOL competition after he received the fewest of America ’s over 31 million votes. On Tuesday's performance show, contestants sang inspirational songs, and Johns, 29, from Buckhead , GA , sang "Dream On."