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American Idol: David Cook Travels To Ethiopia For ‘Idol Gives Back’

April 15, 2010 11:00 AM by Nancy Floyd

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American Idol season 7 champion, David Cook, recently traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with the United Nations Foundation to raise awareness for girls’ education on the upcoming Idol Gives Back special. During his time overseas, Cook spent time working in an African classroom and getting to know the young students. The American Idol star talks about the inspiring children he encountered and how the experience has changed him as a musician…

American Idol season 7 champion, David Cook recently returned from a trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as part of the upcoming Idol Gives Back special. His trip, with the United Nations Foundation, gave him the opportunity to meet African students during his visit to the Biruh Tesfa school. His segment on Idol Gives Back will be focused on the importance of education for African girls and during his time in the classroom, David Cook had the chance to get to know several young women who impacted him greatly.

“One was a seven-year-old girl named Magnus. Both of Magnus’s parents have passed away, and she has been at the school for seven months…She is one of the most vibrant, joyous girls that I think I’ve ever met. The girls at the school genuinely want to learn. They want to have that education. They want to have that opportunity, and that’s inspiring to see a seven-year-old girl want to build a better future for herself. I remember being seven years old, and I didn’t have that foresight. These girls are wise beyond their years, and both fortunately and unfortunately they’ve kind of had to be,” Cook says.

David Cook says he’s been dying to get involved with Idol Gives Back since witnessing a moving performance by Annie Lennox during his season on American Idol. “It was just her on the piano, and in the background, they were showing images of children, and it just tore me apart. I think to have that kind of visual moment when everything kind of clicks and you realize that my reality is not their reality, it really puts you in a position where you want to help, and so from that point on I was just kind of chomping at the bit to get involved with Idol Gives Back. This couldn’t have come at a better time,” he says.

The American Idol champ also says that the African trip has changed him as a musician.”I think anybody that isn’t completely self-absorbed, it’s impossible for them to come to this kind of a situation and not be moved by it and not be changed by it….I would almost say it’s a definite that I am going to bring that back, and it will find its way into my career path,” David Cook says.

Idol Gives Back airs on April 21st on FOX.

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