The Elton John-led, star-studded benefit concert that raised more than $10 million to battle the coronavirus will be re-aired on Fox next week.
Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys performed from their homes on “Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America.” The hourlong event originally premiered last Sunday on Fox and iHeartMedia radio stations, and the money raised during the airings will go to Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
During the initial broadcast, John, 73, proved he can make the best of any situation. The rock icon lamented, “I have to be quarantined in the only house I have ever been in without a piano.”
Fortunately for fans, he still managed to put on a show: As the broadcast closed out, John sat down at his sons’ keyboard, joking, “I don’t normally play a keyboard like this.”
He then proceeded to perform an excerpt of his 1974 hit “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” as the credits rolled, which he dedicated to “the incredible heroes” on the front lines of the pandemic.
Here are more highlights from the special, which reached 8.7 million views.
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Billie Eilish plays stripped-down ‘Bad Guy’ from her couch
Like many artists, Eilish was forced to cancel her North American arena tour this month due to coronavirus concerns. But fans still got a taste of the 18-year-old wunderkind’s performing prowess: Riding high on her five Grammy wins last month, Eilish sat on her living room couch in Los Angeles with her brother, Finneas O’Connell, on the one-year anniversary of “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, her album-of-the-year-winning debut. The duo performed an acoustic version of Grammy-dominating No. 1 single “Bad Guy.”
Tim McGraw gets creative with poolside performance
Tim McGraw threw it back, playing his 1999 single “Something Like That” while sitting on the end of his home pool’s diving board. Despite the wind in the background, and a cameo by his dog, the country star was impressed. “We could do a whole concert like this,” he said.
Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato, others sing your favorite pop hits
Other pop stars impressed from the comfort of their homes. Demi Lovato played the piano and performed a soulful version of “Skyscraper” from New York, while Sam Smith, in their bedroom in London, sang an a capella version of “How Do You Sleep?” Camila Cabello, quarantined in Miami with boyfriend Shawn Mendes, let him play guitar (“He’s taking over and just killing it”) while she sang “My Oh My.”
Carey, celebrating her 50th birthday last Friday, sang “Always Be My Baby,” dedicating the song to her two children, “for staying with me at home, and not complaining too much.”
“I’m going to put my gloves on, even in my house,” Carey said, ending the song.
Ellen DeGeneres gets real about self-isolation, Dave Grohl gives advice
Ellen DeGeneres admitted to “wearing the same sweat pants three days in a row” at home. The talk show host introduced R&B singer H.E.R. for a solo guitar performance across the country in her New York living room.
A plaid-flannel-shirt-wearing Dave Grohl strummed an acoustic version of “My Hero” dedicated to first responders. He even threw in a handy health tip for fans: “If you sing that last chorus every time you wash your hands, I think you’ll be in good shape,” Grohl said.
Russell Wilson and wife Ciara gave a view inside their child-filled living room, while Lady Gaga urged viewers to “find joy however you can” during the crisis.
The performers encouraged viewers to support two charitable organizations helping victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.