Ox Notes: April 26, 2007

Not So Charitable
American Idol raised a bunch of money for charity this week, but at the expense of a 17-year-old’s feelings. Plenty of folks — including Andy Denhart of Reality Blurred and Angel Cohn in the Surfer Girl blog at TV Guide — were upset by the show’s decision to trick Jordin into thinking she been eliminated, before telling her that everyone was safe this week.

Denhart wrote yesterday that, while it’s noble of American Idol to give to charity, the $5 million donated by News Corp. for the first 50 million calls is a pittance compared to the $2.5 billion the franchise is worth. Think of how much they could raise if they donated $.10 per call every week.

Conan on the Road
Conan O’Brien announced his lineup of guests as he brings his show to San Francisco next week. Looks like I’ll be staying up late of Friday night for a performance by the always captivating Tom Waits.

DwtS News
Carrie Ann Inaba filled in as a guest host on The View today, and she said she’d been looking forward to talking with Heather Mills (who was supposed to perform with partner Jonathan Roberts) about why she singled out Carrie Ann in her farewell speech. The judges don’t interact much with the contestants, so their first real conversation would’ve taken place on The View — only Heather cancelled.

Did anyone happen to catch former Dancing with the Stars pro Louis van Amstel on All My Children yesterday?