American Idol Gives Back (again)

Grab your cell phones and get ready to text because tonight American Idol will encourage viewers to support relief efforts in Haiti by donating to the United Nations Foundation.

Last year’s winner, Kris Allen, visited Haiti with the foundation to see United Nations relief efforts firsthand. Tonight’s  results show will feature footage from the trip, and information about how to donate either online or by text message to the United Nations Foundation Fund for Haiti.

The foundation is asking that viewers host viewing parties and encourage their guests to contribute.

“The UN needs our support to continue to provide food, water, shelter, medicine, security, and economic opportunities to the earthquake victims,” Kathy Calvin, chief executive of the United Nations Foundation said in a written statement. “The UN and Haiti are rising to the challenge and we all have a chance to help them rebuild their future.”

Will you be watching?

UPDATE: Some 18.3 million Americans watched Wednesday’s show and the special raised almost $45 million, Fox said.

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