Today In ‘Idol’: Tim Urban Talks Acting, Sings “Hallelujah” For Ellen

:: Idol Gives Back has raised approximately $45 million for charity. Can you imagine how much money it may have raised if it wasn’t insufferable to watch? [MJs Big Blog]

:: David Archuleta’s performance of “Imagine” during Season 7 won an MTV reader poll voting for the best American Idol performance of all time. Runner up? Adam Lambert’s “Mad World” from Season 8. (Our pick? Fantasia’s “Summertime” back from Season 3. Yeah, we have good memories.) [MTV]

:: The Top 6 contestants will sing the songs of Shania Twain next week. Might we suggest not singing “That Don’t Impress Me Much” for the inevitable Simon insult to follow your performance? [Idol Chatter]

:: After the jump, a smiley Tim Urban cozies up to Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show, and discusses his desire to become an actor. (He also sings “Hallelujah,” but just focus on his giant arm muscles and you’ll be okay.)