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April 20, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Next on American Idol: Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates are making an appearance on American Idol tomorrow night as part of the show’s “Idol Gives Back” feature.

The international philanthropic idols will be interviewed by Ryan Seacrest during an episode featuring celebrities such as Elton John and Alicia Keys.

In a preview interview with the Associated Press, show producer Simon Fuller said the Gates “have done something very special, quite incredible, this year.”

A Gates Foundation spokesperson said they made a donation to support Idol Gives Back.

Their appearance is also an opportunity to introduce global health issues and thank viewers for their support of the charitable effort, Melissa Milburn said.

“Bill and Melinda want to thank them for their generosity and also just to use the program to focus attention on global health and poverty,” she said.

The foundation also contributed to the show’s first charitable campaign in 2007.

But the big question is, will Bill and Melinda Gates sing on the show?

“No, they will not sing,” Milburn said. “They’re singing the praises of the generosity of the American people.”

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