Kris Allen will appear on "American Idol" next week to help raise money for Haiti, it was announced Wednesday (February 17). Last year's "Idol" winner has partnered with the United Nations Foundation to take a trip to the earthquake-ravaged country, and he will share footage from his visit and perform on the February 25 results show.
Allen will head to Haiti on February 19 to meet with U.N. staff and Haitian people to find out what the country will need to recover in the coming months. Fox told The Associated Press that viewers will be asked to make donations online or by text-messaging during the "Idol" episode, with the money going to the Idol Gives Back Foundation to help support the U.N. Foundation's work in Haiti.
"I'm looking forward to traveling to Haiti to see the U.N.'s work firsthand," Allen said in a statement. "The people of Haiti are rebuilding their country, and the U.N. is there to help them every step of the way. I look forward to sharing the images and stories from my trip with 'Idol' viewers across the country."
The appearance is part of the show's "Idol Gives Back" charity effort, with the full "Idol Gives Back" episode airing April 21. The charity show [article id="1601389"]took a break last season[/article] due to the pressure of producing that show along with the finale. [article id="1630011"]"Idol" judge Randy Jackson[/article] suggested that this year's "Idol Gives Back" might benefit Haiti, and it looks like that is part of the plan.
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