To help families in need during this crisis, ABC’s American Idol partnered with non-profit charitable organization Feeding America as part of a larger Walt Disney Television initiative. As a growing number of Americans struggle with hunger during the coronavirus pandemic, the top 20 Idol contestants virtually came together and encouraged viewers to “lean on each other” at

As we discover new ways of remote storytelling, and virtual ways of staying connected, this was a remote production shot entirely by the contestants on their personal iPhones and provided ring lights. They each sang to a pre-recorded track and created an uplifting rendition of the song “Lean on Me.” Direction was given to contestants via teleconference by a director and by a music producer via a second device, and then the spot was edited together by ABC Entertainment Marketing.

American Idol airs Sunday nights on ABC.


Creative: ABC Entertainment Marketing

Production: ABC Entertainment Marketing

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