As we've learned from the various dispatches from the MTV News team and Alison Smith this week, the situation in Haiti is as dire as it gets. The already-impoverished island nation's capital city of Port-au-Prince will need to completely rebuild itself from the ground up, as last week's earthquake has laid waste to buildings, infrastructure and, most importantly, human life.
While there has already been a lot of money raised and a lot of aid dispatched, it will take an enormous amount of additional support to help the Haitian people get back to their feet. That's why tonight's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon is so important. Participants in New York, Los Angeles and London will take donations in the midst of speeches, testimonials, musical performances and dispatches from CNN's Anderson Cooper, who is on the ground in Port-au-Prince. It goes live tonight at 8 p.m., and the MTV Newsroom blog will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of this important, historic event.
George Clooney will be live from Los Angeles tonight, and our MTV News cameras caught up with him behind the scenes discussing the show's lineup with producer Joel Gallen.
The names that Clooney mentioned — Chris Rock, Robert Pattinson, Bill Clinton, Coldplay and the like — only represent a fraction of the star power that will be on hand tonight at 8 p.m.
Stay tuned to the MTV Newsroom blog for more updates from Haiti and full coverage of tonight's telethon. All of the musical performances will be available via iTunes starting tomorrow, as will the complete broadcast of the show (with all proceeds going to Hope for Haiti Now). If you'd like to make a donation, head over to HopeForHaitiNow.org or call (877) 99-HAITI to make a contribution via phone.