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MICHELE'S WILD WORLD OF DAVID COOK AND THE BOUH


Race for Hope Speech - May 2, 2010
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David on Idol Gives Back
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David @ FOX 40 Live - April 16th
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David Cook on his sophomore CD: Massive choruses, mile-long catwalks, and...Dolly Parton?
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by Michael Slezak

David Cook is a busy, busy bee, but one who’s not going to be rushed. The American Idol season 7 champ has been working since January on writing and recording songs for his sophomore album, and while he’s well aware that an Idol results-night performance slot would be the perfect launching pad for a new single, he’s nevertheless more concerned with quality than cross-promotional synergy. We caught up by phone with Cook as he did interviews to promote his work on Idol Gives Back (set to air April 21 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox), and while we’ll cover details of his recent trip to Ethiopia in an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly and in a subsequent blog post, we didn’t want to wait to share scoop on what he’s been up to in the studio, and who he’s been doing it with. Read on!

Is there a possibility you’ll be debuting a single on Idol before the season is over?
Well, we’re working on it, and it’s definitely something I’m cognizant of. I would love to be able to debut a single on Idol this year. But at the same time we certainly don’t want to rush anything. Rest assured, we’re trying very, very hard. I can give a definite maybe at this point.

 
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David Cook gets a first-hand look at the need in Ethiopia
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March 31st, 2010

David Cook  walks with 7-year-old Mekdes during a visit to Biruh Tesfa, a United Nations program supported by the UN Foundation, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tuesday. Cook traveled with the UN Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of girls education for a special episode of Idol Gives Back, be be aired on April 21. (AP Photo/UN Foundation)David Cook isn’t certain whether he’ll be performing on the Idol Gives Back special, set for Wednesday, April 21.
But American Idol’s season seven winner says he’ll “do everything in my power to be present and press home the point that help is needed.”
David has spent part of this week in Ethiopia, visiting with young girls at school run as part of United Nations program and supported by the UN Foundation.
He spoke in particular of a 7-year-old he met. She lost both parents; she’s living with an aunt.
“She is one of the most vibrant, joyous girls I think I’ve ever met,” David said. “The girls at the school genuinely want to learn. They want that opportunity to improve their life.
“I remember being 7,” David added. “I didn’t have that foresight. These girls are wise beyond their years … partly because they have to be.”
A small donation can help keep those girls in school, explained Elizabeth Gore, executive director of global partnerships for the UN Foundation.
And staying in school can be the key to their future.
Girls that don’t get an education in Ethiopia are “immensely more likely to fall into the sex trade or a life of domestic servitude,” David said.
A teenager he met fled a remote area of Ethiopia to escape such a life. She’s now been at the school for five years.
Of course, there was another big difference between Ethiopia and the U.S. Young girls there aren’t exactly knowledgeable about David Cook, the American Idol.
“Very few people here know who I am,” David admitted. “We had to explain to the little girls who I was and why I was there.”
But David and guitarist Neal Tiemann got to perform for the students.
“And they sang for us,” David said. “It was nice to see music as that universal language.”
David also recalled how touched he was by the Idol Give Back episode back in season seven. He recalls sneaking onto a balcony with the other contestants.
They watched Annie Lennox play piano and sing “Many Rivers To Cross” while images of children helped by the effort flashed on the screen in the background.
“You realize, my reality is not their reality,” David said. “That puts you in a mode where you want to help. This (opportunity) couldn’t have come at a better time.”
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Top 12 Post-Show Interviews
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David is the 3rd person interviewed, after Kara

 

David performing Jumpin' Jack Flash on Idol!
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Catching up with David Cook - LA Times Interview
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March 17, 2010 

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Season 7 winner David Cook returns to the "American Idol" stage on Wednesday, much to this writer's delight. The 27-year-old Missouri native, who recently moved to L.A. but insists he still has one foot in his home state, is currently working on the follow-up to his platinum-selling self-titled debut, though he won't be playing a new song on "Idol." Instead, Cook, like the Top 12 contestants, will pay tribute to the Rolling Stones with his band's rockin' rendition of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" that's sure to be a gas, gas, gas.

 

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This is a late reminder, but don't forget to watch American Idol tonight to see David Cook and the Anthemic take on the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" :)
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