Jordin Sparks by Frank Micelotta/Fox Jordin Sparks by Frank Micelotta/Fox

After last night's two-hour American Idol special fundraising show, "Idol Gives Back," which has already raised $60 million (and counting) for Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) and its beneficiaries that provide relief programs for those living in extreme poverty in Africa and America, many people were left inspired, shocked and wanting to know more. Luckily, Idol Executive Producer Ken Warwick has the answers.

Everyone's Safe
With the surprising news, announced just before the show ended, that no one would be voted off this week, Warwick said it was a decision based on the "gravity of the situation" and that the contestants didn't know. "Poor Jordin. I had to apologize to her afterwards," he admitted. After next week's performances - where the contestants will be mentored by rocker Bon Jovi - the bottom two will go home on Wednesday's results show, with the voting totals from this week combined with next week's.

A Surprise Guest
Another unexpected moment was Celine Dion's duet with Elvis Presley, which, by the magic of TV, presented them on the Idol stage with the contestants off to the side. Warwick explains that Celine pre-taped the song on stage with and without an Elvis impersonator, confirming it was "not a hologram." Warwick admits it's not an easy project to undertake: "It's quite time consuming and quite expensive but it's worthwhile in the end just for the shock value."

Get the Performances
Last night's star performances, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres (who personally donated $100,000) at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, included original Idol Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, Josh Groban, Annie Lennox, Earth Wind & Fire and Il Divo and are available on iTunes. Warwick says producing a CD of the live performances might be trickier, considering the various sponsors and charities affiliated with the stars, but it's not completely out of the question.

The Future
Warwick can only hope that "Idol Gives Back," which was only created about five weeks ago, becomes an annual event: "It's too early to speculate, but I would think they will carry on as long as they're done well." For the moment, he's just happy with this year's show, which he hoped to be a "balance of good entertainment that was both fun, funny, uplifting with the shock value of some of those films which were quite horrible." Admitting there's a lot that America doesn't know about the world's poverty conditions, Warwick was warmed by the amount of calls received, including children who wanted to give their own savings to those in need. "Kids were emptying their piggy banks." - Megan Cherkezian