Celine Dion helps launch a six-hour telethon on Sunday night as a pack of entertainment stars lend their talents to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association's mission to find a cure for the various groups of crippling diseases related to muscular dystrophy.

The six-hour performance-filled and donation appealing event will notably be without longtime host Jerry Lewis. It begins at 6 p.m. Easter Time and ends at Midnight.

The event this year will be much shorter than previous 21-hour telethons.

Among the other performers spread out throughout the telethone will be Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum and Jennifer Lopez.

The MDA seeks to cure muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and related diseases.

The organization provides health care and support services, advocacy and education.

The organization funds hundreds of research projects, maintains a network of affiliated clinics and helps coordinate hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases.

Below is a list of telethon performers for the event,

Hour One

“Make a Muscle Make a Difference” Show Opener

Pen & Teller

Voca people

Celine Dion

Nigel Lythgoe – host

Nancy O’Dell – host

Alison Sweeney – host

Jann Carl – host

Hour Two

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker and MDA Goodwill Ambassador Abbey Umali – music


Il Volo

Greyson Chance

‘The View’ Personalities – appeal

Reggie Bush – appeal

Hour Three

Lady Antebellum

Jennifer Lopez

Michael Feinstein

Tommy Emmanuel

One Step Away

Hour Four

Jimmy Web

Richie Sambora

Jon Secada

Maureen McGovern

Come Fly Away – Performance 2

Smokey Robinson – appeal

Kurt Warner – appeal

Universal Cheerleaders Association all-stars

Hour Five

Jordin Sparks

Martina McBride

Steven Tyler

Randy Jackson

Come Fly Away – Performance 2

Port Chuck

Jay Johnson – ventriloquist

Brokedown Cadillac

Hour Six


Billy Ray Cyrus

Max Adler

Jordin Sparks, Jon Secada, Maureen McGovern, Richie Sambora, Tommy Emanuel, Clark County Children’s choir - Finale