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'American Idols' come to Washington for 'Malaria No More'

By Alexandra Myers, Daily Caller

989 days ago   Article ID# 1491545
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Malaria No More

ASHBURN, VIRGINIA (Daily Caller) - Three former “American Idol” contestants brought their talents to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to promote Malaria No More — an organization dedicated to ending deaths by malaria in Africa by 2015.

Elliot Yamin, Melinda Doolittle and Jason Castro spent the day talking to members of Congress about the cause.

“I wanted them to get behind what we are doing,” Doolittle told reporters, “and make sure they are putting some aid behind it.”

The former Idol hopefuls told The Daily Caller that they’re involvement with Malaria No More started with the Idol Gives Back charity, founded by American Idol producer Simon Fuller to assist children and their families across the globe.

“I had the distinct honor of going to the front lines where malaria is a real issue,” Yamin told TheDC, “and see firsthand not only how much of an epidemic it is. but how much of an impact that we … have made tangibly.”

Doolittle credits Bono for inspiring her during his visit to American Idol.

“He sat down with us and said, ‘Okay, 30 million people are watching you every week. You have this huge platform: What are you going to do with it?’” Doolittle recalled.

“It was an eye opener for me [because] it’s not actually all about you.”

Doolittle traveled to Zambia in 2007 with former first lady Laura Bush. She told TheDC that one child dies from malaria every minute in sub-Saharan Africa.

“It’s still one child too many, of course,” she said, noting that things have slightly improved, “but the difference is so huge to me. I’m really excited to be a part.”

Castro was enthusiastic about Malaria No More. He said that with a little bit of money and a little bit of effort, kids in Africa can have a chance at life.

“That’s the big thing,” he said, “giving them a chance to chase their dreams, like I did.”

All three former Idol stars chased their dreams on the show making it to the top five in their respective seasons. They reminisced about what Simon Cowell is like when the cameras aren’t on.

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Updated 989 days ago   Article ID# 1491545

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