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'American Idol': America gives up the votes for 'Gives Back'

April 25, 2007 |  1:46 pm

RandyjacksoninneworleansQuick update.  At a brunch today for the various charitable organizations who will be benefitting from "Idol Gives Back," it was announced that last night's vote total had topped 70 million votes.  The would be the show's all time record.

For comparison's sake, last week, 38 million people voted on the fate of the Top 7.

Last season's finale drew 63.5 million votes. 

The previous record appears to be the season three finale in which 65 million votes were cast.

122,293,332 votes were cast in the 2004 US Presidential election.

Corporate sponsors had pledged to match the vote totals, up to a certain point, with contributions to show's nine chosen charities in the US and Africa.

(Photo courtesy Fox)