Next Up on "Idol": Keys Mentors Final 7, "Idol Gives Back"

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And then there were seven!

They’ve made it through auditions, Hollywood, Billboard #1’s week, Rolling Stones week, Lennon/McCartney week, R&B week and Elvis week. On April 20, the seven remaining "American Idol" contestants will perform inspirational songs, mentored by R&B superstar Alicia Keys.

After Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens were eliminated last week, the survivors are Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Michael Lynche, Siobhan Magnus and Tim Urban.

After hearing each contestant’s inspirational song on April 20, audience voting will send one finalist home. The lowest scorer will be announced on April 21.

But April 21 isn't all about the elimination. The bulk of the evening will be dedicated to "Idol Gives Back," a charity evening of comedy and music broadcast live from the "American Idol" stage and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Performers will include Idol-winner-turned-country-music-phenom Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox, Jeff Beck & Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige & the All-Star Band. Queen Latifah will emcee.

“Idol Gives Back” has raised more than $140 million to benefit charities around the world and across the United States. This year’s charities that will benefit include Children's Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children's U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation.

The two-hour event begins at 8 PM. For more information on getting involved, visit

— Gemma Wilson

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