"Idol Gives Back" Returns to "Idol"

The 13 finalists of "American Idol" pose together at the American Idol Top 13 Party in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 5, 2009. Kneeling from left to right are Matt Giraud, Jorge Nunez and Michael Sarver. Standing from left to right are Kris Allen, Jasmine Murray, Adam Lambert, Lil Rounds, Alexis Grace, Anoop Desai, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey and Megan Corkrey. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

"Idol Gives Back" is back.

Producers of "American Idol" say the show's charity effort will return next year, with "Idol Gives Back" set to air April 21.

The fundraising program will benefit national and international charities, including Malaria No More, Save the Children and the United Nations Foundation, Fox said Tuesday.

"Idol Gives Back" has raised $140 million since its inception in 2007. The star-studded fundraiser has previously included appearances by Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and President Barack Obama. Producers did not announce who will appear on the third "Idol Gives Back" special, which invites viewers to make donations during and after the show.

The "Idol" singing competition series returns for a new round in January.
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