Carrie Underwood travels to South Africa for American Idol
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
– Carrie Underwood took a break from working on her second album in early April to take a trip to South Africa for American Idol's "Idol Gives Back" charity special. A music video package from her trip will air on the show April 25.
During her two-day tour Underwood and three members of her band visited and played for schools, orphanages, hospices and health care centers in and around Johannesburg. Underwood has also recorded an acoustic version of The Pretenders' classic "I'll Stand By You," which will serve as the music bed for this American Idol video package.
The African trip was organized by American Idol and Comic Relief. American Idol and the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) partnered to raise awareness and funds for organizations that provide relief programs to help children and young people in extreme poverty in America and Africa. For every vote cast, American Idol sponsors Coca-Cola and AT&T and other partners will donate money to the charity. During the April 25 broadcast, adding to the corporate contributions, viewers will be able to make their own donations via toll-free lines and the Internet.
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