I am not completely uninformed about the show however, and do realize there are only three contestants left. One of those is David Cook and his friends have actually started a foundation to try and raise money to bring his brother Adam out to the final of the show. No problem right? Just put him on a plane and be done with it. Well, Adam has advanced cancer and would actually need to be flown by a medical transport as opposed to just having to come on a commercial flight.
The founder of the charity estimates they need about $80,000 to make it all happen. Since they probably spend that much each week on Ryan Seacrest's hairspray you would think the producers would cough up the money just to look like good guys. I mean if Ryan can produce shows with Denise Richards and The Whore as stars you would think he would want some good karma on his side and pony up the dough himself. What about Simon and the million dollars he spent on one car? Surely he could cough up $80,000 for some sick kid to see his brother on the final of the show. Crickets. Nothing but crickets. What about Randy who spends that much a week on really bad clothing? The daaaaaaaaaawg has left the building. What about Paula? Well no one is really sure if she even understands what her name is at this point, so it isn't going to happen.
Fine, the producers and hosts are jerks, but surely, the charity should be able to at least post about it on the American Idol message boards. Nope. The founder states "I wrote about it on the 'AI' message boards, and they deleted every thread. They're only interested in promoting 'Idol Gives Back.'"
Look, I understand the point if someone is going on their message boards and trying to rip people off for money. However, this is an organization that can be vouched for and has only one purpose. It would be a feel good story for Fox and the producers. Instead they choose to continue to look like jerks. Oh, I'm sure eventually they will cave and will take all the credit for it and steamroll the entire foundation, but for now they are being jerks.
If you are interested in contributing, the website is www.helpbringadamback.com