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Usher Calls His Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Episode ‘Heart Wrenching’

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Pop superstar Usher says therewere tears, hugs, crying, and screaming in October when he taped a segment of "ExtremeMakeover: Home Edition."

Usher joined the staff of thehit ABC show, traveling to Clarksville in hishome state of Tennesseeto rebuild the house for Trina Scott and her three daughters. Trina's latehusband, Dave, was an officer who was killed in the line of duty. The episodeairs Sunday at 8 p.m.

Despite her hardship, in 2002 Trinabegan volunteering countless hours a week to the organization Concerns ofPolice Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) which benefits families of officers who losttheir lives while working.

"I was motivated to help thefamily when I heard about their ability to continue to serve their communityeven after suffering a loss," Usher said. "Not only was it great to help afamily that is from my home state, but this family exemplified giving back tothe community."

Usher said the Scotts andvolunteers were excited when they saw him on the set. "It was just an ultimateemotional moment," Usher said. "I won't venture to say it was one of thegreatest 'Extreme Makeover''s, but it was definitely heart wrenching and amoment to remember."

It took the crew and volunteers,who came from across the nation, just six days to rebuild the house. Usherdescribed the effort as amazing. "We did it in actually less than a week,"he said. "It's almost unimaginable and unrealistic, watching it, but verypowerful. It speaks to the testament that there is power in numbers andvolunteerism does make a difference."

While the Scott's home was beingreconstructed, the family flew to Californiato meet Selena Gomez on the set of "Wizards Of Waverly Place."

Usher is anxious to watch thebroadcast. "I am looking forward to reliving [this moment] Sunday when I take alook."

Usher's charitable organizationUsher's New Look donated $25,000 to the Scott family to support their communityservice efforts. In conjunction with C.O.P.S., the Scotts will use thecontribution to award $500 grants to help teens start community serviceprograms.

Usher is also offering the $500grants nationwide to youth aged 12 to 20. The money has to be used to startcommunity service and social entrepreneurship projects. Interested youth canobtain more information by visiting the websites PowerByService.org orUshersnewlook.org.

Usher's sixth studio album, "RaymondVs. Raymond," is scheduled for release in February. His current single "Papers"is No. 26 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

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