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Tonight, Idol is all about raising money for poverty issues since it's "Idol Gives Back" night. (The results show airs tomorrow night.)

I'm not live-blogging the whole thing (which I made the mistake of doing last year), but here are the things that jumped out at me, leaning hard on the entertainment portion of the evening:

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  • For the opening segment, the AI finalists sang Rihanna's "Please Don't Stop the Music" while finalists from the past several seasons of So You Think You Can Dance performed. This brought up a couple of issues. First, that's by far the most current song the Idols have sung all this season, and huh, it had so much more energy! What a surprise! Not to mention, now I can't wait until SYTYCD returns next month.
  • Why is Teri Hatcher singing? Save this for karaoke night, darling.
  • I am pained by the Miley Cyrus-Billy Crystal bit.
  • Oooh, I was so excited when Heart came out to perform. Why did Fergie have to come out too? Bleh.
  • As of about 9 p.m., more than $8 million had been raised. Sure can't be snarky about that.
  • Sarah Silverman seemed like a bad fit for this show, but she didn't say anything too awful.
  • 9:30: Nearly $22 million raised.
  • By the way, if you want to donate to the cause, go here.
  • The Top 8's group sing of "Seasons of Love" from Rent was nice, but the mikes seemed all uneven for the first part of the song. Twas a little odd.
  • Robin Williams is not really funny. At least not lately.
  • So the bit with Brad Pitt, where his mike didn't work, and the tech had to come out and hook him back up, and she said, "I just wanted an excuse to touch him"? Set up or amusing improv? Will the world ever know?
  • Did they have a projected number of dollars raised at the end of the show? My recording cut off. Again.

So here's hoping they raised a ton of money. But I can't imagine that too many viewers watched that whole 2.5 hours of fund-raising. And I feel bad for anyone who tuned in because a favorite celebrity was going to be on, only to have them appear on screen for 15 seconds.

Did you watch? What did you think?

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