Does Bono have anything to do with Idol's big announcement tonight?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Mar 8th 2007 4:23PM
BonoThe Idol producers have been promising us a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT for weeks, and tonight's the the night we get some answers.

Some have guessed that the announcement involves a surprise celebrity guest, such as Michael Jackson or Paul McCartney (although the producers have already denied this). Others think the producers have planned a surprise twist in the voting system. Possibly, wild cards could be brought back to the show, or more boys could be sent packing than girls. Perhaps the judges will override America's vote for the first time ever. These would all be big surprises.

Or perhaps, there will simply be a formal announcement made tonight about Idol's plan go to Africa. According to this blog, in an "off the record" phone conversation, an Idol staff member confirmed that the announcement "has to do with a social issue in Africa." And in a recent symposium hosted by Time Warner, Bono may have let the cat out of the bag when he mentioned that American Idol is going to Africa.

Is this Idol's big announcement? Will they be raising money to help women and children with HIV/AIDS in Africa?

In an interview with TV Week, Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe, wouldn't give specifics about the surprise except to say, "It's the biggest thing that's happened to Idol in five years." From this discussion, TV Week's Editorial Director, Chuck Ross, surmised, "listening to what Nigel told me, I suspect that it has something to do with Idol asking folks to raise money for some important cause. Maybe it involves a concert."

When Bono was asked at the symposium if he watches American Idol, he laughed and said, "No, but I will now!"

So what do you think? Is this the big announcement they've promised? And do you think Bono will show up tonight to make the announcement live and in person?

[via Idol Based Informational Nonsence]

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I've been assuming it's the announcement of the songwriting competition for the show. Or did I miss it and they scrapped that idea?

March 08 2007 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It will probably be someone not under Universal Music since they're boycotting Fox over YouTube. (U2 would fall under that.)

But I would find it funny if it was Bono since in interviews with the band, they would talk about Bono's singing voice not being that great.

March 08 2007 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it seems reasonable to imagine Bono bringing his (Red) campaign to American Idol. And if that's what it is that's awesome! I love Bono (though not as much as my wife), and I think the (Red) campaign is fantastic.

Not sure it would merit all the hype they're giving it... but then few promos these days do.

March 08 2007 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think you are over thinknig this. Just like ads for Lost, House and others promising huge things I think it will just be details about the new America Idol summer camp!

March 08 2007 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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