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David Cook Not An `Ethiopian Idol'

David Cook: Not so famous in Ethiopia.

David Cook: Not so famous in Ethiopia.

Thursday, April 1, 2010 17:07 GMT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – David Cook may be a bonafide American Idol, but over in Ethiopia, he’s small potatoes.

The season seven American Idol champ is currently in Ethiopia working with the United Nations Foundation to help empower girls in the country, but he’s not exactly getting the star treatment.

Although the people of Ethiopia have kindly welcomed Cook, the rocker admits most of them have no clue who he is.

Because they don’t recognize him, he’s had to work hard to “win over” the teenage Ethiopian girls.

In his words, “They didn’t know quite what to do with the tall, tattooed white guy.”

The fan soliciting is worth it though, since Cook is there to learn about the challenges facing girls in Ethiopia.

He’ll share his experiences on Idol Gives Back April 21 on FOX and urge Americans to donate towards education for the girls so they can have better opportunities in life.