American Idol’s top finalists, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and more aided in raising funds for those in need during ‘Idol Gives Back’ last week. Thanks to millions of viewers, the special two hour telecast raised over $45 million ! “Once again, I am over overwhelmed by the generosity of the American Idol viewers, our sponsors and our special benefactors. I am so thankful to all of the celebrity guests and performers who appeared Wednesday night to support ‘Idol Gives Back” Simon Fuller, creator of American Idol said in a statement. As previously reported, ‘Idol Gives Back’ benefits various U.S. and international charities including the Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation. This year, ‘Idol Gives Back’ was broadcast live from the ‘American Idol’ stage with Queen Latifah, Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox, Jeff Beck & Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige.