Next week’s theme is inspirational songs, as I figured. R&B singer Alicia Keys will be the mentor.
Fox has also released a note that part-time Atlantan Elton John will sing next Wednesday during “Idol Gives Back” on behalf of his AIDS Foundation. He joins Carrie Underwood, Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox, Jeff Beck, Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige.
Season one “Idol” co-host Brian Dunkelman spoke to Vulture about Ryan Seacrest’s flat-lined joke that Dunk would be co-hosting “Idol Gives Back” Tuesday.
He took it surprisingly well.
It must feel pretty nice that people cheered for you.
I’m flattered, if not touched, that people actually clapped. It’s a good feeling. And hey, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium is literally walking distance, so if they need me, I’m available.
Queen Latifah is co-hosting, not Dunkelman. But “Idol” should at least invite him now.
-Ratings race: Tuesday’s “Idol” beat Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” by a mere 77,000 viewers: 20.639 million to 20.562 million. DWTS has beaten “Idol” the past two weeks in total viewers.