'American Idol': President Obama and First Lady reportedly tape 'Idol Gives Back' segment -- but are they on Team Bowersox?

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama taped a segment for Idol Gives Back on Wednesday, according to FoxNews.com. The two-hour American Idol results-show spectacular, which will raise money for Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation, is scheduled to air April 21. While a Fox spokesperson couldn’t confirm the Obama segment, a presidential visit to Idol Gives Back would not be unprecedented; in 2007, then President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush made an appearance to encourage IGB donations, and in 2008, Obama, fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and their Republican presidential rival John McCain all appeared on the telecast. (IGB took a year off in 2009, during Idol‘s eighth season.)

Delighted as I am to see POTUS support for my favorite TV show’s massive charity initiative, I’m hoping we get some insight into Idol voting trends from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Obamas strike me as a Bowersox kind of household, but I wonder what their text-message bills would reveal. In fact, wouldn’t it be great if all candidates for public office were forced to make public their Idol voting records*? I mean, yeah, I want to know that my elected officials have paid all their taxes, but an ugly night of drunk-dialing for Haley Scarnato or a dalliance with Danny Gokey after his “Dream On” scream might influence my decision inside the voting booth, too. How about you, PopWatchers?

* Still trying to decide if I’m joking or serious on this one. Developing…

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  • Tiffany

    Slezak, you are a NUT! ‘Developing…’ Hilarious.

    • Moe

      I’m sorry, but this article is a goddamn joke!

  • Jackson

    I’d imagine they’re fans of the hometown guy…Lee DeWyze.

    • Shana

      I hope so!

  • Scooter

    I would love to find out that Sasha and Malia insist on voting for hottie Tim Urban every week!

  • Barry

    They are fans of Socialism!

    • PALIN 2012

      THEY ARE FANS OF COMMUNISM! I have a question for all the fools who voted for Barack Hussien – how’s that hopey changey stuff working out for ya??? Not to good is it? You’re probably happy now cause you got your commie health care rammed down our throats but you won’t be smiling when the nazi death panel decides it’s time to kill your grandmom and they start enforcing mandatory abortions so that they can meet quotas for the insurance companies. Wake up people, prepare to be Tea Bagged.

      • Niix Starkyller

        There’s 25 seconds of my life I will never get back.

      • yambo

        There’s four years of her life America will never get back.

  • mishka

    Slezack, you are ruining this girl opportunity, she’s not gonna win. Siobhan will.

  • amam

    Enough with the socialism crap – its enlightened european rule! Please go on every show possbile – Even the die hard fans will say enough already. We get it your the Pres!

    • harry

      here here!!!

      • aislinn

        Such sour grapes from the tea party. Grow up and learn what should have been learned in kindergarten – how to share and play well with others.

      • yambo

        Always funny to hear Obamabots whine about civility after the years 2001-2009.

  • holly

    Re: Moe
    Isn’t someone supposed to be monitoring the comments and removing offensive ones? No, I’m not a prude, but that word is very offensive!

    • dark night

      yeah, goddamn it.

  • Aimzee

    They have got to support anyone from Illinois. Right?

  • Louanne

    If this isn’t a joke, you have too much time on your hands. And when is Kristen coming back???

    • M.


  • Chris Ford

    “mishka – Slezack, you are ruining this girl opportunity, she’s not gonna win. Siobhan will.”

    I hope not, and I am a big Magnus fan. Being rushed to put out product as Idol Winner would be bad for her future. The best would be a 3rd or runner-up spot for the gifted Odd One.
    Exposure and in all likelihood a producer sponsorhip in music or Broadway. Time to polish her vocals and get an artistic theme to her 1st effort, and develop some of the songs she has written (she, Crystal, and Dywze that I know of have some songwriting/composing work already done).

    Anyways, here’s a memnotic aid for all Siobhan fans, fans who see her as 2nd choice after Crystal or Lee, or are just “Screamer Haters”….

    Sioban Is One Blessed, Hot-Azzed Nerd.

    • ems

      amen to all that.

  • Chris Ford

    For the remaining “Big Mike” fans…a memnotic aid done in the spirit of Michael Slezak’s recap.

    Yancey’s Fancy Cheese

    • Petra


  • sylvanaire

    After seeing that Justin Beiber was invited to the White House, I’m betting the Obama girls have control of the texting, and are voting for Tim Urban!!!

    • Abby

      For certain. We don’t need no stinkin’ phone bills to figure that out.

  • Boink

    BO is as overexposed as Sanjaya was. Ick. Go away already!

  • Randy

    “Really” Slezak?! Still fantarding/obsessing over Gokey, “Really?!

  • Jan

    First of all we are so glad that each Countries are connect with Polish nation.Its a really hard time for us.We lost a lot important people.We lost essence of the nation…Its cruel that within few seconds God is taking 95 lives.We thank You for spiritual support….

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