American Idol is reinstating its Idol Gives Back program, which will feature a pre-recorded performance by Justin Bieber. Other guests scheduled to appear on the two-hour charity show include Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood and the Black Eyed Peas, who will perform live.
Justin's performance was taped last month, but rather than airing it during another AI episode, executive producer Cécile Frot-Coutaz felt that it would be best used to encourage giving on the fundraising special.
"I looked at that night as a good night for him to be on, because he's absolutely phenomenal," she tells MTV. "And he's young and he's a real inspiration for [the] young generation, so it was a really good fit for him to be in that special episode."
Justin has quite a charitable side to him. He has been involved with Pencils of Promise, which builds schools in developing countries, and recently performed a private concert as a prize for the students of Edward Town Middle School in North Tonawanda, N.Y., who raised $17,000 for Buffalo's Women and Children's Hospital.
In the past, 'Idol Gives Back' has raised $140 million for charities in the U.S. and Africa. This year, the production will be much more "low key" due to the recession, says Cécile Frot-Coutaz, who adds, "Whatever people will donate will be great." Watch 'Idol Gives Back,' which will be a part of 'American Idol', on Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. on Fox.