Since the beginning of the instantly popular FOX reality television competition American Idol, the show’s hosts, stars and producers have been extremely generous to our programs and the children we serve here at Kids Wish Network. Since 2003, the stars of American Idol have granted two amazing wishes and shared their outstanding talents with even more of our kids through our unique programs.
Elena and Joy, two of our wonderful wish kids, were able to meet the American Idol judges and enjoy some one-on-one time with the contestants during their wishes. For 10-year-old Elena, who suffers from congenital myotonic muscular dystrophy, her favorite part of her wish was when she met American Idol judge Paula Abdul and contestants Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert; 17-year-old Joy loved chatting with host Ryan Seacrest and, though she was a little nervous around them, she had a great time when she met the three famous judges: Paula, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.
In addition to the two wishes, American Idol has helped out by sharing their talent in the forms of Season One winner Kelly Clarkson, who granted a teen’s wish after winning the first season of American Idol; Season One runner-up Justin Guarini, who has helped out with several of our Holiday of Hope Gift Bank parties at children’s hospitals across the United States; and Season One contestant A.J. Gil helped out with one of our fundraising events.