"Idol Gives Back," this week's results show/fund-raiser/ performance extravaganza means business right from the start: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama offer a taped welcome. He jokes about judge Randy Jackson being his "dawg;" she encourages judge Simon Cowell to play nice.
Then, the parade of celebrities and performances begins. Look, there's Jennifer Garner! Hey, it's Capt. Chesley Sullenberger! What is Fergie from the Black-Eyed Peas wearing? What is wrong with Jim Carrey? Wait, who couldn't make it because of the Iceland volcano?
We also get taped segments from the United States and beyond, all about people in need and the tremendous good that our donations can do. I think it's great that "American Idol" hosts this charity event, but it does make for a long results show. I'm sure many people checked out – or their DVRs stopped recording! – before the night's evictee got the boot.