Idol Winner David Cook Lines Up Appearances

(PR) American Idol winner David Cook will make his first appearance at a major sports event after being crowned the winner of season seven when he performs the National Anthem on Tuesday, June 10, prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics at the Staples Center.

Two days later, the vibe in Los Angeles shifts from rock to soul as Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz and R&B legend Jeffrey Osborne performs the National Anthem at Game 4 on Thursday, June 12.

All National Anthem performances during the best-of-seven series will be televised live on ABC in the U.S. and to a worldwide audience in more than 200 countries and territories beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Cook's live performance continues the tradition of former Idol winners singing the National Anthem at the NBA Finals including Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, and Jordin Sparks.

Osborne also performed the National Anthem for the Lakers at the Finals in 2002, 1988, and 1985, a winning series over the Celtics.

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