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By admin Published: January 22, 2010

I watched the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon and it was a worthwhile cause, executed reasonably well (some small glitches here and there) in the style of the 9/11 "Tribute to Heroes" special. As you know if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I got a little misty over Muhammad Ali/Chris Rock and the sight of the child who had been rescued after days under rubble. And, of course, I will always stop to listen to Mr. Morgan Freeman.

You also know that I will be downloading a bunch of the songs from iTunes -- John Legend, Jay-Z/Bono/Rihanna, Shakira (doing a Pretenders song, no less), Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, maybe the Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow/Keith Urban performance ... Lots of interesting song choices, although with the warhorses it probably depends on how attached you are to a singer or song, and how tired of hearing it again and again. No knock on Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris, for instance, but I've heard enough of "Hallelujah."

On the other hand, as good as it is celebs to turn out for something like this, the mind sometimes wanders -- to the odd physical/vocal resemblance of Neil Young and Clint Eastwood, for instance, or my colleague Roger Catlin's tweet that Madonna (not at her best, nor was Alicia Keys) looked like Adriana from "The Sopranos."

Made for an odd TV night, though, with NBC reportedly putting "Dateline" at 10 so as to keep a serious tone in prime time for the night. I have to think that, with the Conan farewell later, it also seemed like a good idea to give Jay a break.

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