American Idol Contestants Surprise our Patients

Published on 
April 23, 2013

On Monday, April 22, American Idol paid a special visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to visit our patients and bring smiles to their faces.

Each of the Top 4 Idol contestants, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover and Angie Miller, was on hand to interact with our patients. One stop on their visit include the hospital’s Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit (NICCU), where the contestants participated in music therapy (you’ll have to tune in this Wednesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. PDT #IdolatCHLA, to find out which song resonated most) and witnessed the healing power of music.

Patients and families enjoyed their visit, especially a toddler boy, Morrison, who underwent a liver transplant three months ago. While too young to form sentences, he did plenty of coo-ing, giggling and squealing when the Idols were around.

The contestants brought the American Idol crew with them to present a mini-concert to our patients and some of the most special moments with our patients were captured for the cameras. One special moment included a visit with former hospital patient, Eileen, a Junior Ambassador of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and teen singer. During the Idol’s private concert, she beamed with inspiration when she asked the Top 4 what it was like to be on stage and perform. Performing on stage on national television is one of Eileen’s dreams and there is no doubt today left a lasting impression for her to reach for the stars!

The moment that will last a lifetime was the last song of the Idol’s private concert. Kree, Amber, Candice and Angie invited patients from the audience to join them on stage to sing Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Our patients loved the opportunity to mingle with the contestants and the contestants had a great time as well.

As a way to say “Thanks,” the Idols were presented with a colorful painting created through a collaborative effort among our patients.

These moments and many more are being prepared now to go on air this week during the Top 4 episode of American Idol! Please plan to watch or record American Idol this Wednesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. PDT on FOX, so that you can see their visit. We'll be tweeting #IdolatCHLA!