American Idol Gives Back, Eliminates Tim Urban

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The smile-filled journey of Tim Urban came to an end last night, as American Idol viewers voted this finalist off the show.

The elimination didn't come as a shock, giving Tim's lackluster performance of "Better Days" on Tuesday, but the man that joined Urban in the bottom two may have surprised many: Casey James was finally punished for his lack of creativity on a weekly basis.

As for the two-hour broadcast itself, Idol Gives Back is always an impressive event. It brings numerous A-listers together in the name of such charities as Save the Children.

Among this year's highlights:

  • Wanda Sykes doing a stand-up routine in which she questioned the cruelty of making eliminated contestants sing the same song for which they were voted out.
  • Mary J. Blige singing "Stairway to Heaven" with Randy Jackson on the guitar.
  • A reunion of the top 12 stage on stage, as seen below.
  • Barack and Michelle Obama appearing in a video message, thanking everyone for giving. "Ya'll are all my dawgs," the President said.
  • Annie Lennox taping a segment about an HIV-positive girl in Africa. 
  • Jennifer Garner showcasing poverty and how it affects kids in America.
  • Testimonials from stars such as Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman; music from Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas and Carrie Underwood, and comedic bits with George Lopez, Russell Brand and Jonah Hill.

All in all, a wonderful program that raised millions for important causes - but sent one cute, aspiring singer home unhappy.

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Idols Giving Back

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]