Fomer ‘Idol’ Melinda Doolittle Joins First Lady In Africa

Her “American Idol” run may be over, but Melinda Doolittle is still giving back.

Melinda will be traveling to Africa this week with First Lady Laura Bush, she revealed in an interview with

As part of the “Idol Gives Back” effort, the show’s Top 10 finalists will represent the reality show in an awareness campaign to help curtail the spread of malaria.

“We’re giving out half a million bed nets,” Melinda told, who will spend a week on the trip. “Mosquitoes normally bite between 10 PM and 4 AM. So the best-case scenario is to have this net, which is interwoven with insecticides. Not only do they land on it, but they die, so they don’t spread it to other people.”

The former back-up singer will also perform “Amazing Grace” with a children’s choir, which she calls “a lifelong dream.”

Melinda finished in the top three on this season’s “Idol.”

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