After taking a year off in the midst of the economic crisis, the "Idol Gives Back" charity event is back on for this year and "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson told MTV News on Tuesday (January 19) that the focus will likely shift to Haiti in light of the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation last week.
"I'm sure we're going to really address that, because it's just a catastrophe," said Jackson, who is excited that the "Idol" fundraiser is coming back. "I can't believe what's going on down there. I love that MTV is joining in doing this telethon. I think it's amazing and I'm trying to lend my support. I've given and everyone I know has given and is trying to help out. I'm sure we will definitely address that."
Jackson said he's also considering doing a benefit to tie into the upcoming season premiere of MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew." "We've been talking about doing something on there, something to donate ... you hate hearing about these things. You have to be proactive and do something about that."
In the past, "Gives Back" has focused on children's charities, including Save the Children, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Malaria No More, raising more than $120 million thanks to all-star appeals and performances from the likes of Carrie Underwood, Ben Stiller, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Sandler, Alicia Keys, new "Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus and Mariah Carey.
Though he hasn't been involved in producing a charity single in a long time, Jackson jokingly suggested that he might consider jumping back into that game if he could convince this year's biggest breakout "Idol" star so far, General Larry "Pants on the Ground" Platt, to participate. "Maybe do a 'Pants on the Ground' charity single?" Jackson wondered aloud. "Hey, hey — Larry, call the Dawg. Holla at me. Let's get in the studio. I can get you in the studio with Lil Wayne and we can do a whole thing."
A spokesperson for "Idol" could not be reached for comment at press time.
Head here to learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV's "Hope for Haiti" telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET.
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