The celebrity line-up for American Idol’s charity telethon, “Idol Gives Back,” was so full Wednesday night, even the presidential candidates didn’t make it on the air. But 53-year-old singer Annie Lennox seems to have everyone’s vote.

“Her version of ‘Many Rivers to Cross’ was like a master class in restraint, passion and artistry,” reads this re-cap at EW.com. “Next year, they should just Annie do a two hour concert, show some moving clips of Bono in Africa and give the Top 8 a night off. They all pale in comparison when real stars shine on the stage.”

Lennox works on behalf of the South Africa-based HIV/AIDS organization Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which advocates for access to HIV/AIDS treatments and to reduce HIV infections. Read more about it at her website.

And don’t miss this great interview with Lennox, published just this week in the Irish Independent, in which Lennox discusses what drove her to get involved:

As a woman and a mother it [Aids/HIV] is a harrowing prospect to cope with. As a mother you’re passionate about your child’s wellbeing. You desperately want your child to be healthy and safe. Then
it occurs to you, surely every mother wants that and surely every child should have access to a safe environment with proper nutrition and an education?

Motherhood changed me. It’s motherhood that spurred me to campaign on the issue of women and children with HIV and Aids.

Christine C.

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