Idol Gives Back will return for American Idol 7

Idol Gives Back, the two-night charity telethon that American Idol debuted last season, will return during the show’s seventh season, although it will occur earlier in the competition.

The fundraiser “will air April 9 at 8 p.m.” and “will include performances and appearances by stars and artists yet to be named,” Variety reports. Last season, it aired later, on April 24.

The special two-night event won the Emmy’s Governor’s Award and raised $75 million, but also was the lowest-rated performance episode of the season to date when it aired last April.

‘Idol’ charity event returns [Variety]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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