ryan seacrest bill melinda gates twitpic 'American Idol': Ryan Seacrest meets with Bill Gates for 'Idol Gives Back'“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was hob-knobbing with known philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates for the upcoming “Idol Gives Back” special.

Seacrest tweeted Friday, April 2: “Off to seattle today meeting @billgates
later, he is going to be a major part of our idol gives back special
I’ll let u know who’s taller!” and “
– Just had a great chat with @billgates and
melinda for IGB! Off to indy now.”

As we can all see from the above twitpic, it looks like Gates has Seacrest in the height department.

“Idol Gives Back” has started announcing the all-star lineup, which so far includes “Idol” Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood, the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox and Jeff Beck. The charity event actually sort of already started with last year’s winner Kris Allen’s trip to Haiti and subsequent visit to the “Idol” stage.

We’ve also been seeing various celebrities taping their “Idol Gives Back” segments during commercial breaks at the live “American Idol” performance and results shows the past few weeeks — David Duchovny, Adam Shankman, Chris Rock and Justin Bieber have all done their parts for the charity special.

“Idol Gives Back” airs Wednesday, April 21 on FOX.

Our only question is … why is Ryan Seacrest going to Indianapolis? Does he get to go to the Final Four? Jealous. 

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