Carrie's To Debut New Single
Carrie Underwood will debut her second single, 'Don't Forget To Remember Me,' from double platinum selling album SOME HEARTS with debut appearances on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' March 13 and 'Live with Regis & Kelly' March 14.
On March 18 she will make her third Grand Ole Opry appearance on 'Grand Ole Opry Live' which airs on GAC: Great American Country.
Carrie will begin her journey to New York City for the first appearances by way of Atlantic City where she will spend her 23rd birthday, March 10, taping a VH1 Special with Heart 'Decades Rock Live.' Carrie is a huge Heart fan and is thrilled to be able to perform a song from her album as well as sing a song with Ann and Nancy Wilson for the television special slated to air May 5.

Carrie's To Be On Self Magazine Cover
Double-platinum selling artist Carrie Underwood appears on the April cover of SELF, her first major women's magazine cover. Carrie flew to New York for their photo session just days after singing the national anthem at the NFC championship game in Seattle at the end of January.

Saturday, March 4, 2006

Carrie's 2nd Single
Carrie's record label confirms that she was busy filming on the streets of Nashville last week working on video for "Don't Forget to Remember Me," her second single due at radio soon, no date set yet. Carrie tells Nashville IQ this new song is, "One for my mom. Whenever I heard it, I was really homesick at the time and it made me cry. My mom loves it, it's about a girl who's leaving home and that was me at the time. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous song."

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Carrie Back On Idol
"American Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood will return to the 'American Idol' stage this Thursday, March 2 to perform her No 1 smash single 'Jesus, Take The Wheel' nine months after she was crowned the 2005 winner.
'I had hoped to be able to make it back to the show this year to spend some time with the contestants,' says Underwood, 'so I am thrilled to be asked to perform. It is a very intense time for the contestants and if there is any advice I can share to help them through, I am glad to do that. And how fun it will be to not be judged!' "

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Carrie Returns To American Idol
""Season four winner Carrie Underwood returns to the AMERICAN IDOL stage this week, nine months after she was crowned the fourth American Idol. Underwood will perform her hit single “Jesus, Take the Wheel” on the results show Thursday, March 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). “Jesus, Take the Wheel” spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, while Underwood’s debut album “Some Hearts” is No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart for the 11th straight week.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Introducing Carrie To Australia
""We wanted them to actually write songs for me instead of writing songs and me listening to them," Carrie told MTV. "I just kind of bounced around from room to room and they'd play me what they were coming up with. It was really great just because I got to meet them and hang out with them and they learned a lot about me, so the songs were definitely more treated to me.

"Writing is something that I'm very interested in doing, and I think it was really good for me to be around them to see the process that they go through to write."
And while Carrie is predominantly a country artist, she has a broad appeal that reaches out to pop lovers too.

"Because of my exposure on the show I can't really help but appeal to other people than just country-music listeners," Carrie explained.
"I am a country music artist first and foremost, but we were trying to hopefully appeal to many different people. And some songs turned out more country than we thought they would and some turned out a lot more new contemporary. I think it all sounds good together."
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Carrie - Fastest Selling Female Debut Country Album
Just a couple of weeks ago, I got the news that Carrie Underwood’s album, “Some Hearts,” had sold more than 2.2 million copies. Well, they are apparently flying off the shelves because this week, word comes that Underwood has now sold more than 3 million copies, making the album the fastest-selling debut country album for a woman in history.
Obviously, Underwood has generated a lot of her sales based on her success on “American Idol,” but she continues to build on momentum from her chart-topping debut single, “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” The follow-up single, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” is skyrocketing as well. This week, it is at No. 31 on the Radio and Records chart - only a couple weeks into its run.
Of the 20 weeks that “Some Hearts” has been in release, it has spent
15 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Country Albums chart. It’s looking more and more like the album has a chance of entering the Shania Twain stratosphere of 10 million sales.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Carrie's To Perform at Vacaville Fair
Country singer and 2005 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood will perform on Friday night, May 12 at the fair.

Friday, March 3, 2006

Carrie's 2006 Tour Dates
April 5: Wilmington, N.C. (Azalea Festival)
April 7: Temecula, Calif. (Pechanga Resort & Casino)
April 8: Florence, Ariz. (Country Thunder USA)
May 4: W. Palm Beach, Fla. (Sunfest)
May 12: Dixon, Calif. (Dixon May Fair)
May 13: Kelseyville, Calif. (Konocti Field Amphitheater)
May 14: Cabazon, Calif. (Morongo Casino)
May 27: Virginia Beach, Va. (Patriotic Festival)
June 8: Pryor, Okla. (Pryor Creek Country Music Festival)
June 9: Comstock, Neb. (Comstock Windmill Festival)
June 10: Nashville (CMA Music Festival)
June 24: Grand Junction, Colo. (Country Jam USA)
June 25: Cadott, Wis. (Country Fest)
July 3: Del Mar, Calif. (San Diego County Fair)
July 6: Ft. Loramie, Ohio (Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes)
July 8: Milwaukee (Summerfest)
July 9: Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville Fair)
July 15: St. Clairesville, Ohio (Jamboree In The Hills)
July 19: Twin Lakes, Wis. (Country Thunder USA)
July 21: Huntsville, Ala. (Redstone Arsenal Army Base)
July 27: Cheyenne, Wyo. (Cheyenne Frontier Days)
July 28: Minot, N.D. (North Dakota State Fair)
July 29: Great Falls, Mont. (Montana State Fair)
Aug. 2: Paso Robles, Calif. (California Mid-State Fair)
Aug. 4: Murphys, Calif. (Ironside Amphitheatre)
Aug. 6: Sweet Home, Ore. (Oregon Jamboree)
Aug. 9: Sioux Falls, S.D. (Sioux Empire Fair)
Aug. 12: Bethlehem, Pa. (Musikfest)
Aug. 14: Lewisburg, W. Va. (West Virginia State Fair)
Aug. 16: Hamburg, N.Y. (Erie County Fair)
Aug. 17: Rama, Ontario (Casino Rama)
Aug. 27: Essex Junction, Vt. (Champlain Valley Exposition)
Aug. 28: Syracuse, N.Y. (New York State Fair)
Aug. 30: Pueblo, Colo. (Colorado State Fair)
Sept. 8: Albuquerque, N.M. (New Mexico State Fair)
Sept. 9: Hutchinson, Kan. (Kansas State Fair)
Sept. 12: York, Pa. (York Fair)
Sept. 14: Fayetteville, N.C. (Cumberland County Fair)
Sept. 17: Ridgefield, Wash. (Clark County Country Jamboree)
Sept. 27: Bloomsburg, Pa. (Bloomsburg Fair)
Oct. 1: W. Springfield, Mass. (Eastern States Expo)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Carrie To Tour With Kenny Chesney

"Blond-haired country singers are a dime a dozen, but Carrie Underwood, 21, showed she's more than just another Faith Hill clone this week with a stunning version of Heart's "Alone." The performance vaulted her into the elite status."

Carrie: Graceful Idol Winner

"Then there's Carrie Underwood. She has "handled" her win with grace, never shying away from that fact that she is now one of country's hottest artists because of her success on American Idol. Does winning the show take away form her credibility? Absolutely not. People aren't buying her album because they like the show. They buy her album because they love her music. The show was just a gateway into their homes, and Underwood appreciates the opportunity. "The country world seems so grateful that America voted in one of their own," Underwood tells andPOP. "They're proud to call me the American Idol and I'm proud to be called that. I don’t see myself trying to detach myself from [the show] any time soon."

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Carrie To Play At Large Summer Music Festival
"Pryor Creek Music Festivals, Inc. has announced Carrie Underwood will be performing at Country Fever 2006. The music festival will take place June 8-11 at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor off Highway 69.

Carrie Underwood of Checotah, Okla., has consistently been at the top of the charts with her first single “Jesus Takes the Wheel,” which sits at #1 for its 4th consecutive week. Her debut album, Some Hearts, made history as the fastest-selling debut country album ever and has sold two million copies since its release last fall. "

Friday, February 03, 2006

Carrie's Lips To Be On A Stamp
"Zazzle, the creativity marketplace, is announcing a sweet treat this Valentine's Day -- celebrity's kisses to benefit the Humane Society of the United States.

By donating their valid postage lip prints, these celebrities are acknowledging the important role The HSUS plays in animal protection. "

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Carrie To Perform In Dixon, California
"Country music star Carrie Underwood, the 2005 American Idol winner who went on to record the top-charting hits, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Some Hearts," will perform Friday, May 12 at the Dixon May Fair.
Little Big Town, which recently scored a top 20 single and album, will open the Underwood concert at 8 p.m. in the fair's outdoor Concert Arena.

"This promises to be the biggest show since Faith Hill performed at the fair in 1999," Green said. "This is a family-oriented show. Carrie Underwood, especially, is a big draw among families who last year watched her win American Idol."

Friday, January 27, 2006

Q & A With Carrie
"Who is your musical hero?
"Martina McBride."

What CD is on your stereo right now?
"The new Foo Fighters album, In Your Honor."

What book is on your nightstand right now?
"The Bible."

What do you sing in the shower?
"I really only sing in my car, but when I do sing, it's loud and obnoxious."

What is your pet peeve?
"When people don't take care of their animals. I would say this is much more than a pet peeve though."

What actor would portray you in a biopic about your life?
"Maybe Reese Witherspoon. People say we look alike (I wish) and I like her."

What moment in your life would you relive if you could?
"And the winner of 'American Idol' 2005 is."

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Carrie's First Job
"My first job, I worked at a gas station. I was an attendant there. I don’t know how gas stations are anywhere else in the world, but in Oklahoma, old men will sit down and drink coffee and read the paper and shoot the breeze with you so it was fun. I had a good time. I learned how to work a cash register."

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Carrie On "Don't Forget To Remember Me"
"Because of the subject matter of the song, Carrie considers it her and her mother's song.

"I was the last of three girls and the next sister up is three years older than I am, so my sisters were much older than me and when they left it was pretty much me and my mom, so I'd just hang out with my mom. So, we were close, a lot closer than a lot of mothers and daughters are. We love each other very much and she was the one I missed the most when I left home, so it's our song."

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Carrie Wants Other Idols To Sing Her Songs
"If they approach Carrie Underwood, the winner of last season's American Idol, they won't have to deal with all the setbacks. She would be flattered if contestants chose to sing her songs.

"If anybody wants to sing my songs, I'd be happy to let them," Underwood tells andPOP. "I'd be honoured."

She says she has yet to be approached about the issue by American Idol producers, but she thinks it's probably because the season is still in its auditioning stages."

Friday, January 20, 2006

Carrie Interviewed By CBS News

"The country music community has really embraced me because America has voted in one of their own," Underwood tells Singing the country tunes she was best known for on "American Idol," Underwood is currently debuting her first album, "Some Hearts." The first single is “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which struck a chord with Underwood because "it tells a great story." While Underwood doesn't believe her writing chops are good enough yet to write songs for the album, songwriting is something she is interested in. "
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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Carrie In Cosmo + Allure
"American Idol winner Carrie Underwood graces the cover of Cosmo Girl! magazine's first-ever prom issue. Carrie shot the photo spread in Milwaukee, WI, elegantly styled in numerous prom dresses, during a day-off from the "American Idol Live 2005" tour this past summer. The issue will remain on stands through May.

Carrie is also featured in the January issue of Allure magazine as photographed by Michael Thompson. She is seen in a beaded gown by Giorgio Armani and says she is "still not comfortable being dressed up." The February issue of Teen Vogue finds her modeling a Samantha Treacy dress as photographed by David Bailey. Although a country performer, she shares a secret that "in the mornings I need something upbeat, so I pick out really hard rock songs" [to listen to]. Both photo sessions took place in New York City earlier this Fall and are on stands now."

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Carrie In Cosmo
"Carrie Underwood graces the cover of Cosmo Girl! magazine's first-ever prom issue.

Carrie shot the photo spread in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, "elegantly styled in numerous prom dresses," during a day-off from the "American Idol Live 2005" tour this past summer.

The issue will remain on stands through May."

Very Positive Album Review
"It’ll be hard to forget the album of this fresh new talent on the country music scene. The power behind her voice projects the strength of her conviction as a performer while demonstrating a sweet musical quality that’s nothing but pleasant.

There’s nothing imaginary about the intense passion of Underwood’s voice that flows smoothly with any instrument, strings or keyboards. Her music reflects a broad range of experiences, of burdens too heavy to bear, of romantic liaisons, of joy and regret."

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Carrie's Album Goes Double Platnium
"2005 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood begins 2006 with her 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville collection, Some Hearts, setting the benchmark for all new artists to follow and creating music history as the fastest-selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history. Now RIAA-certified Double Platinum (recognizing sales of 2,000,000 units), Some Hearts also earns the separate distinction of becoming the fastest-certified debut country album ever released, even as the disc's powerful lead single, 'Jesus, Take the Wheel,' hits No 1 on this week's Billboard country airplay chart. "

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Details Of Carrie / Jeff Gordon Foundation Concert
"NEW YORK, NY, December 19, 2005: NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, along with The Portland Pirates, The Bill Dodge Auto Group and, will partner for “The Winter Wonderland Gala with Jeff Gordon & Friends” on January 14, 2006 at 7pm, in Portland, Maine. With a sold-out dinner and highly coveted auction items, the event is set to raise over $500,000 dollars for The Jeff Gordon Foundation charities. Highlighting the festivities, Carrie Underwood will take the microphone at the Cumberland County Civic Center with a highly anticipated afternoon music concert for 6,500 fans. Winner of three 2005 Billboard Music Awards, Underwood is sure to raise the roof in Portland. Concert attendees will be further treated with a complimentary collectible granite coaster of Carrie Underwood provided by Opening for Carrie Underwood, The Don Campbell Band will perform their country music hits featuring hooks and harmony-laiden melodies, emotionally pleasing lyrics and guitar and fiddle instrumentation. "

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Carrie Is Oklahoman Of The Year
"On Thursday, Oklahoma Today magazine announced the Checotah native as its 2005 Oklahoman of the Year.

The country crooner with a big heart and an even bigger voice shot to stardom as winner of the 2005 Fox TV “American Idol” competition. Nearly 30 million fans tuned in each week during the first half of the year to watch singer after singer eliminated. It came down to rocker Bo Bice and Underwood, but the country girl was the one left standing."

Friday, December 23, 2005

Carrie Performs at Jeff Gordon Foundation Dinner
"Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, along with the Portland Pirates, the Bill Dodge Auto Group and, will partner for "The Winter Wonderland Gala with Jeff Gordon & Friends" at 6 p.m. ET on Jan.14 in Portland, Maine.

With a sold-out dinner and highly coveted auction items, the event is set to raise more than $500,000 for The Jeff Gordon Foundation charities and is expected to be the largest fundraiser in the history of the state.

Highlighting the festivities will be American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, who will take the microphone at the Cumberland County Civic Center with a highly anticipated afternoon music concert for 6,500 fans. Concert attendees will be further treated with a complimentary collectible granite coaster of Underwood provided by"

Carrie & Bo's Album Sales
"Bice's The Real Thing opens on Billboard's albums chart at #4, with 227,000 copies sold during its first week in stores. Underwood's Some Hearts debuted at #2 with sales of more than 314,000 when it was released last month. And Carrie isn't the only "Idol" veteran to top Bice's initial take. 2004's "American Idol" champ Fantasia sold more than 239,000 copies of her 2004 LP Free Yourself. 2003 winner Ruben Studdard's 2003 debut Soulful topped Billboard with 416,000 scans, while runner-up Clay Aiken's Measure of a Man, released that same year, also debuted at #1 with 613,000 copies sold. And Kelly Clarkson's inaugural LP, 2003's Thankful, opened at #3 with 297,000 sold"
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Some Hearts - Negative Review
"Many of the songs, such as the Diane Warren title track, are emotionally generic, and the Nashville factory production simply adds to the blandness. When Underwood gets a lyric with some substance, such as the redemptive "Jesus, Take the Wheel" or the edgy "Before He Cheats," she digs right in, as she does for the rollicking "We're Young and Beautiful." Where she really shines is on her self-penned wide-eyed travelogue "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore," which says more and fits her better than a dozen songs from the Nashville pros.

It's not exactly surprising that Underwood's debut would find her vocals in great form but her artistic voice yet to fully form. As she did on American Idol, she displays great technical chops and exudes the charisma of a seasoned performer. What's still missing is a personal style, particularly in song selection. A year or two on the road, singing this album and drumming up (or, hopefully, writing) material for her sophomore release should solidify her connection to the material. In the meantime, this is a professionally produced and strongly sung debut that has enough highpoints to entice radio and merit a spin or two at home. "

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Carrie's Busy Schedule
"In addition to the remarkable radio airplay, Carrie has only just begun a slate of television performances which will remind fans of the spectacular voice and charismatic stage presence that earned her the top spot at this year’s American Idol competition. Ms. Underwood’s performance at the recent CMA Awards made show history when she became the first artist with only one single to secure a coveted performance and presenter slot on the biggest Country Music primetime television show of the year. Carrie also recently performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on the Today Show and will perform on The View today. She is scheduled to make appearances on Ellen and the Billboard Awards. In addition, Carrie will bring some holiday cheer to television audiences by singing Christmas songs on shows like Dr. Phil, TNT’s upcoming “Christmas in Washington” special and on the annual Christmas at Rockefeller Center. Carrie will be the subject of a profile on NBC’s Dateline in early December as well as a profile on CMT’s “In The Moment” on December 16th. "


Thursday, November 24, 2005

Carrie Sells 314,000 Albums The First Week
"American Idol winner Carrie Underwood's debut album "Some Hearts" sold 314,000 units in its first week of release, which makes her the highest debuting new artist in the country genre since the SoundScan music charts began. Carrie's CD is also the highest charting album for a debut artist in 2005. Not bad for a simple girl from Checotah, Oklahoma. (And in case you're keeping track, Carrie's CD sales beat the first week numbers of both Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia Barrino's debut discs.)"


Monday, November 21, 2005

Carrie Welcomed In Nashville
"Within a month of being named the "American Idol" in front of 6,000 people at Universal Studios in Hollywood (and 33 million TV viewers worldwide), Underwood was in Nashville performing at the Gaylord Entertainment Center for a CMT greatest duets show. Within days of that, Underwood was at the CMA Music Festival on the big stage at the Coliseum.

Now, Underwood:

• Has a deal with Arista Records, home to Alan Jackson;

• Landed high-profile producers Dann Huff (Faith Hill, Lonestar) and Mark Bright (Rascal Flatts, Jo Dee Messina) to make her freshman album, Some Hearts, released last Tuesday;

• Saw her first single, Jesus, Take the Wheel, make chart history by becoming the first single by a new artist to debut inside the Top 40 on country charts since BDS monitoring started in 1990;

• Made CMA Awards show history last Tuesday by becoming the first artist with only one single out to get a performance slot and a presenter slot."


Thursday, November 17, 2005

Carrie's Album Selling Well
"Country singer Carrie Underwood's debut album "Some Hearts" is enjoying brisk sales at retail outlets across the state after hitting the shelves on Tuesday.

The Checotah native performed at the County Music Association awards in New York on Tuesday, singing the ballad "Jesus, Take the Wheel," the first single off the album.

"Her performance last night on the CMAs was wonderful," said Kevin Christopher, programming director at KKNG-FM "King Country" in Oklahoma City. "It's a good song. I think she's got the look and sound and I think she'll do well, but only time will tell."


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Review of Carrie's Album
"The 14-track album fails to offer any major surprises from Carrie, except for the track “Before He Cheats,” which is a song about a girlfriend seeking revenge, which is atypical given the starlet’s good-girl-from-next-door image. “I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore” could be the clean-cut anthem to make Carrie Underwood a legitimate music star. Despite the fact that “Some Hearts” is a strictly pedestrian affair, one can expect this album to sell millions of copies and be a big hit especially with the Wal-Mart audience."


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Carrie's Musical Fantasy
""I have to add this disclaimer," she said with a chuckle of "Before He Cheats." "It's actually about a girl that is at home and she's thinking
about stuff that her boyfriend is probably doing. And she's thinking about him being at some bar with some girl and she gets really angry and she goes outside and destroys his mode of transportation. Which is something I would never do, but it's really fun to sing about. I know it would be so fun. She takes a baseball bat to it and everything. That would be awesome!"

"Before He Cheats" will be included on Some Hearts, due November 15. Underwood, the reigning "American Idol" champ (see "'Did He Just Call My Name?' — Carrie On Her Big Win"), has written her own material before, but recruited pros for the songs on her first album."


Friday, October 21, 2005

Carrie To Play Benefit Concert
Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood will perform a holiday show at the Palace at Auburn Hills (Mich.) on Dec. 8 to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Country Cares concert is presented by Detroit country station WYCD and Chrysler Financial.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Oct. 28 at ticket outlets and All net proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity`s work in the Gulf Coast communities damaged by recent hurricanes. "


Friday, October 14, 2005

Carrie's New Album, Single
"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood's first album will be called "Some Hearts" and the first single will be "Jesus Take the Wheel."

Underwood's album is scheduled to hit stores Nov. 15, the same day as the County Music Association Awards are doled out in New York, the Nashville Tennessean reports."


Monday, September 12, 2005

Carrie on CMT Again
"Underwood teams with Jamie O'Neal to sing "Does He Love You," originally recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis, during the two-hour concert that caps the special and features a countdown of the top 12 songs."

"With the "American Idol" tour drawing to a close, Underwood is ready to hit the recording studio to make the debut album (due in November) that will follow her "Idol"-winning single, "Inside Your Heaven." She maintains her fellow finalists also "want to see what they can do on their own now. It's going to be really interesting to see where everybody ends up. I'm not going to get any rest between the end of the tour and making my album, but I'm just looking forward to getting in there and doing it."


Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Interview With Carrie

Age: 21

Hometown: Checotah, Okla.

Best song of the competition: "Alone" (Heart)

Show ranking: winner

Q: You and Bo each released a version of "Inside Your Heaven" as a single. Whose was better?

A: I've honestly never sat down and listened to his. We brought our own individual talents to the table.

Q: How is it working out with 10 of you on the road at once?

A: Nobody really knew what to expect, but we're getting used to it. I'm all about schedules, and I made sure I had plenty of them. I love to know what I'm doing and when I'm doing it, so I always know what's going on.

Q: Then how are you spending your days off from the tour?

A: The first one, we all went to the mall. It's nice to sleep in, maybe go out and eat at a real restaurant. It's nice to go and sit down and pretend to be normal.

Q: Don't you get recognized when you're in public?

A: Oh yeah, particularly when I'm with somebody else from the show. If there's two of us, it's confirmation. We all love it, though. Most of the time. It does get kind of weird when I'm in the bathroom and people start asking me questions.

Q: Since you won the competition, are you the star of this tour?

A: I do go on last, but we're all in this together. We all stay at the same places; we're all on the same bus together. I want it that way, too. I mean, there's going to be moments where we all hate each other, but everybody's great.

Q: Who is the biggest flirt on the tour?

A: Constantine. Everywhere we go. Everywhere we go.

Interview grade: A-minus, sunny and gracious"


Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Carrie - Not An Idle Success
"As we acknowledge Carrie Underwood's achievement, it's obvious that she is an all-American individual who deserved the title "American Idol." The idle that's watching television in the cartoon does not exhibit any of the American characteristics of individualism, competitiveness or desire to win, and certainly he has nothing to brag about. Turn the television set off. Be a productive member of society."


Thursday, August 18, 2005

Carrie On Fame
"I get to do what I love every day. It's the best thing," she said. "If it all ends, I have had the best time in my life."


Monday, August 15, 2005

Carrie - The New Album
"Q: How busy are you since winning Idol?

A: It's quite busy. Pretty much any free time I get is used for listening to songs for the album. In a couple of days, when I have some time off, I'm going to Nashville to record some stuff for it. It should be out in November. "


Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Carrie - World's Sexiest Vegetarian

"According to PETA's poll, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and the winner of American Idol contest, Carrie Underwood were voted the "World's Sexiest Vegetarians".


Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Carrie Sings For Hershey
"Carrie Underwood, the 2005 "American Idol" winner, will sing classic jingles in a new TV campaign for the Hershey Co., the company announced.

The Checotah native will sing "Sometimes you feel like a nut ... sometimes you don't," for Almond Joy and Mounds; "Give me a break," for Kit Kat Bars; and "Hershey's is ... the great American chocolate bar."


Saturday, July 16, 2005

Carrie on CMT
"CMT In the Moment: Carrie Underwood," is scheduled to bow in the fall, reported Friday.
CMT's cameras shot Underwood's introduction to Nashville after her "Idol" win and includes behind-the-scenes footage of her Grand Ole Opry debut. "


Friday, July 15, 2005

Carrie In Concert
"Underwood, 21, of Checotah, Okla., showed off her Idol- winning pipes with Martina McBride's ``Independence Day'' and performed Rascall Flatts' single ``Bless the Broken Road,'' alongside Bice.

The night ended with Underwood's single ``Inside Your Heaven,'' and the rest of the nine final contestants joined her onstage. As an encore, the Idols sang the classic ``Lean on Me'' and ``ROCK in the USA.'' "


Carrie Now Spokesperson for Sketchers Shoes
"Oklahoma's own Carrie Underwood is taking her success on "American Idol" and running with it. She just signed on as the new spokesperson for "Sketchers" shoes. "


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Why Carrie Won (Tounge In Cheek)
"The new new South - the victor - is Republican; it's cheerful, it's Bible-happy, it's home to Southwestern states such as Texas and Oklahoma. It's also home to Carrie Underwood, 22, an Oklahoman and our latest American Idol.

Underwood's hymns to this upbeat, pious utopia defy regionalism; they're triumphalist pop-country hits in which falling in love is mysteriously connected to finding God and being free and becoming famous. Her trademark cover song is "Independence Day," by Martina McBride, in which a woman gets jubilant revenge on her battering husband. The anthem has Easter imagery, vengeance and big joy."


Thursday, May 26, 2005

Carrie Underwood Wins American Idol

"Carrie Underwood from Checotah (chih-COH'-tah), Oklahoma, is the winner of the fourth season of "American Idol."She beats out Bo Bice of Helena (heh-LAY'-nah), Alabama."


Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Carrie In Curlio

"Carrie Underwood sang "Crying," which Clive picked for her. I thought it was a completely brilliant performance. Clive said she did a strong job. Randy said there is a real competition going on. Paula thought it was brilliant. Simon would rather have heard the song stripped down and gave the first round to Bo.

For herself, Carrie picked "Making Love out of nothing at all." She had a rough start, but it was a great song. She had one really fantastic note in the song that was truly amazing. Clive said she did a good job. Randy and Paula liked it, but Simon thought that Carrie may have strained the middle too much.

Carrie ended the night with Randy's pick for her, "Man I feel like a woman." I thought the first part of the song was too low for Carrie and should have been brought up higher. She was moving and having fun, but I wasn't wild about the song. Clive said that country-pop is Carrie's element. Randy and Paula agreed once again, saying they liked to see Carrie having fun. Simon felt that Carrie did enough to get her to the finals, which is a big change from his standard "you're going to win" attitude with her."


McGurgan On Underwood

Carrie, Carrie, Carrie. Have you been packing on some pounds in recent weeks? I know, maybe the stress of Idol life has been getting to you. Well, you better lay off the midnight snacks before your butt blows up to the size of Ryan Seacrest’s ego.

As for Carrie's performances this week, I’ve seen dead corpses with better stage presence. This week Carrie was emotionally detached from every song she sang, especially Shania Twain’s “I Feel Like a Woman.” While Shania sold that song with sex appeal, Carrie sold it with snooze appeal.

Carrie is reminiscent of those young child singers on the ‘Al Alberts’ Showcase,’ who get dressed up with full makeup and mimic adults and sing gooey love songs even though they have no idea what they’re singing about. Let’s face facts folks, Carrie stinks and if she ends up becoming the next ‘American Idol’ then the terrorists will have won. "


Underwood Sings Three
"The main question comes down to which of the two girls will Bo Bice be facing in the final performance show. While Carrie Underwood didn’t have the showstopping performance that Bo did, she did deliver three very good performances. Carrie started off by singing “Crying”, which seemed very appropriate considering how she acted when Anthony Fedorov was sent home last week. Paula called the performance, “poignant, brilliant, and subdued”, but Simon thought it was “a little wooden” and called “round one for Bo.” For her second performance, Carrie sang “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” This selection went over better with most of the judges, and Clive told Carrie that her voice “soared.” On Carrie’s final performance, she went country with “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.” After which Simon said, “I think that was enough to get you in the final.” Reality TV Magazine ranks Carrie Underwood as the second best performer of the night."


Carrie Sings "Crying", "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All", and "Man! I Feel Like A Woman."
Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: Underwood didn’t get any favors from Clive Davis. He saddled her with "Crying," sung by Roy Orbison and k.d. lang, and it resulted in a blah arrangement that Underwood had a hard time doing much with. Underwood’s voice was powerful when it needed to be, but it was one of those rare occasions when she didn’t nail the last note.
Her choice for her second song was nearly as unexpected as Bice’s. She could have picked any of hundreds of songs that would allow her to put on her cowboy hat and strut her stuff, and she went with … "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" by Air Supply. Air Supply?! She went away from her strength of country pop, but she still impressed the judges. The performance was a bit stiff, but the arrangement accentuated the power notes and Underwood did a nice job blasting them home. Randy Jackson returned her to her roots by having her sing "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" by Shania Twain, and Underwood took advantage to give her best overall performance of the night.
Grade: B
The judges:"You did it in your own way. Good job." – Clive Davis, after "Crying."
"You really got to power your voice, which you do so brilliantly and effortlessly." – Paula Abdul, after "Making Love Out of Nothing at All."
"I’m just happy to see you having some fun out there." – Randy Jackson, after "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
Odds of winning: 43 percent
Odds of advancing: 85 percent
The bottom line: It’s the second week in a row that Underwood hasn’t been at her best when the stakes are high. That could leave her in danger of being voted off, but she entered the night ahead of Solomon in the voting and probably did enough to maintain her edge.


Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Both Sides of Carrie

"Carrie Underwood really explored the extremes. Since one of the themes of the night was country, our Oklahomie had a built-in advantage. Seemingly on a desperate mission to show she possesses sass and personality, she not only chose the Dixie Chicks' raunchy rave-up Sin Wagon but actually sang the key line that probably prevented it from becoming a country single: "I'm gonna do a little bit of mattress dancin' " That's right, our little Carrie said "mattress dancin'." Not too many ways you can interpret that sentiment. All in all, she just about proved her point.

Since the other theme of the night was the songs of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the great Philadelphia production/songwriter team behind huge hits by The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes with Teddy Pendergrass, The Intruders, the Soul Survivors and many more, Carrie had a built-in disadvantage. Soul is probably not her strong point in general, and specifically she demonstrated that proposition with the most anemic, tuneless version of Melvin and Pendergrass' If You Don't Know Me by Now you could ever imagine. She had no clue what to do with the verse and recovered only marginally on the chorus. A new low, though I still think she's bulletproof."


A Different View of Underwood
"Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: What were the odds that Carrie was going to screw up a country song? Answer: Zero percent – she led the show off with "Sin Wagon" from the Dixie Chicks, and though she ran out of steam at the end of the song it was still impressive. Good thing, too, because her version of Gamble and Huff’s "If You Don’t Know Me By Now" was her worst performance of the competition, and certainly won’t make anyone forget the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes version. While Simon blamed the mediocrity on the band, Underwood didn’t do much to work with the admittedly bizarre arrangement.
Grade: B-
The judges: "That was the equivalent of you singing in the shower — you do that effortlessly. It was very, very, very, very good — and you showed some personality." — Simon Cowell, after "Sin Wagon."
"It was one of those things for me tonight, it just didn’t work." — Randy Jackson, after "If You Don’t Know Me By Now."
Odds of winning: 48 percent
Odds of advancing: 95 percent
Bottom line: Underwood would be in trouble if this was her first week on the show; her best song led off the competition, and may be overshadowed by her mediocre performance later in the show. Still, it’s hard to imagine she doesn’t have enough fans to pull her through, especially since nobody else really shone in both performances."


Carrie Sings "Sin Wagon" and "If You Don't Know Me By Now"
"First up was Carrie Underwood starting off the country theme. She sang "Sin Wagon" by the Dixie Chicks. She was perfectly in her element, moving around the stage. She was completely at ease up there. Randy heaped the praise upon her, I thought he was never going to stop. Paula said that Randy said it all, which is true, he went on long enough to have said it all. Simon said that had she not gotten this one right it would have been a shock. For her, he said, it's like singing in the shower. He also pointed out that she showed some personality.

Carrie, who sent a message out to her sisters, sang "If you don't Know me by now." I thought it was a good performance and it sounded like she's got a touch of soul in her. The judges didn't like it nearly as much as I did however, with Randy and Paula thinking it just didn't work for them. Simon blamed it on the arrangement and the band. Personally I thought it was nice, but more about that later."


Thursday, May 05, 2005

Dave McCurgan on Carrie

"Carrie Underwood - Carrie said she picked a sassy song to sing this week, which is ironic because she’s the least sassy of the remaining Idols. She relies on her good looks to compensate for the fact that she has as much stage presence as a head injury patient coming out of coma. Unfortunately, the music business bends over backwards to suckle good looking people with no imagination and little talent. It’s looking more and more like Carrie will become the next Idol, even though she lacks genuine artistic talent and is a thoroughly boring entertainer. "


Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Underwood Again
"My other prime prospect for the finals, Carrie Underwood, also tackled an Elvis song, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, injecting as much raunch and sass as she could, to the point of kicking over the mikestand. While it's tough, even ludicrous, to buy her as the personification of evil the song proclaims its singer to be, she wailed."

"Same for Carrie's current choice, Rascal Flatts' treacly country ballad The Broken Road, on which she too fell prey to the Idol tic of oversinging like crazy.


Carrie's Performance
"Carrie Underwood definitely showed that she is over the cough that she has had in previous weeks. Carrie sang “Trouble” and “Bless the Broken Road." Paula summed up her performances best by telling Carrie, “You’re a star.” Reality TV Magazine ranks Carrie Underwood as a very close second best performance of the night."


Underwood Sings "Trouble" and "Bless The Broken Road"
"Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: Underwood closed off the Lieber and Stoller half-hour with another Elvis tune, "Trouble." One thing’s for sure … she’s not in trouble at all, as all three judges were impressed despite an arrangement that was somber at both ends and super peppy in the middle. For her Top 40 selection she picked, stunningly enough, a country tune – Rascal Flatts’ "Bless The Broken Road." Again, she impressed everyone. If she gets a chance to sing country songs every week from here on out, she’s a lock to win it all.
Grade: A-
The judges: "It was so much fun to see a whole different side of you. This was my favorite of your performances … you’re a star." – Paula Abdul, after "Trouble."
Odds of winning: 45 percent
Odds of advancing: 99 percent
Bottom line: Underwood hasn’t been in the bottom three yet, and it would be a stunner if she landed there this week. She’s one of the judges’ favorites, has a strong fan base both in studio and at home, and picks songs she’s comfortable singing. With less than a month to go in the competition, Underwood’s the one to beat."


Monday, May 02, 2005

More Viewer Comments
“My bet on the next to go would be Carrie if she doesn’t step it up and perform better.” --Michelle

“Carrie Underwood has it all over everyone with her vocals and appeal. No one can outsing her. Vonzell does the same song type week after week. At least Carrie has tried to do songs out of her comfort range.” --Lisa

“If Carrie wins I’ll know it is fixed - because she is not that consistently good.” --Angela

“Carrie is wonderful but she is a country star not the American Idol.” --Paula

“It’s already a given that Carrie Underwood will win........Who knows maybe America will surprise us.” --Maureen


Saturday, April 30, 2005

Another Carrie Opinion

Carrie Underwood, 21 from Checotah, Okla.
Funny how a country girl can become a lightning rod for debate. Revered by some (fresh!). Scorned by others (bland!). Possesses a strong, supple voice and the ability to belt 'em out. Lacks edge, but has been trying to develop one with songs such as "Love Is a Battlefield" and "Piece of My Heart." Judge Cowell has been an advocate from the start, which usually means a verdict in her favor. Young, pretty and pretty easily molded if the other Svengalis at "Idol" deem her worthy as crown princess.
Prediction: Top two, locked in a tight race with Bice. Could become Kelly Clarkson's successor - unless she does something stupid like insult Simon.


Wednesday, April 27, 2005

More Carrie
"Carrie Underwood returned to the upbeat country she clearly prefers, but committed the fatal error of music-show contestants (both Idol and Nashville Star) by choosing a Martina McBride song. Even though the rollicking When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues is one of Martina's less challenging vocal exercises, a singer can't help but sound inferior, and while Carrie displayed some energy, the vocal fire was lacking."


Carrie Sings "When God Fearing Women Get The Blues"
"Carrie Underwood sang "When God Fearing Women Get the Blues." Randy thought she had pitch problems, and Paula didn't like the song choice. Simon said that he personally didn't understand that kind of music (meaning country), but he thought her fans would love it. We don't think it was a bad performance, but Carrie has been off from her usual great performances for the last two weeks. We noticed that she coughed several times after the song, and we think that a sore throat could be affecting her voice. Reality TV Magazines ranks Carrie as the fourth best performance of the night."


Underwood's Performance Reviewed
"Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: For those who didn't know, Carrie Underwood comes from a small town. A farm, even! She fishes! She feeds the cows! Heck, Underwood did everything but show up in overalls and a cowboy hat, and anyone shocked by her choice of Martina McBride's "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues" hasn't been paying attention to the competition thus far. If she's the winner, we can expect a whole lot of country in the celebrated album. The judges weren't very impressed, except for Simon. That said, she did well enough that it wouldn't be a shock if the "Nashville Star" folk from down the TV dial made her the winner of that show by acclimation.
Grade: B
Fun fact: Carrie's mother said she thinks Carrie may like animals more than people. It was a very down-home comment, particularly given the footage of her playing with the cat and feeding the cows.The judges: "I personally don't understand this kind of music – I'm English. But the people who do will absolutely love you after tonight." – Simon Cowell.
Stay or go: Simon Cowell, you're not fooling anyone. Everyone who has watched the show knows that he's salivating at the prospect of releasing Underwood's album should she win, and at this point the odds are in her favor. Despite the fact that she went first and didn't bring the house down, she's still all but assured of advancing."


Fans Speak About Carrie
“Carrie’s voice and look are outstanding. She should be the winner... she’ll get all the experience performing she needs over the next year or so.” --Laura
“I honestly think Carrie is the weakest. When she sings country she is dead on but nothing else rings true to me.” --Cindy
“I think Carrie is getting smug lately. We don’t need anymore stuck up blondes. She has changed in actions since the show is going to her head.” --Anonymous
“I like Carrie, I think that her and Bo are cute when they flirt on air together!” --Jessica


Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Carrie Critiqued
"Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: In case anyone was curious, there are no nightclubs in Checotah, Oklahoma. Underwood made that quite clear in her intro to "MacArthur Park" by Donna Summer, also saying that her only performing experience to this style of music was dancing on her bed in her pajamas. If that visual didn't get every teenage boy's vote, she left nothing to chance by doing a nice job with the Donna Summer vocals, even if she picked the song humor columnist Dave Barry once decreed was the worst of all time.
Grade: B+
The judges: "I gotta give you the official welcome to the Dawg Pound. That was an unbelievable vocal." – Randy Jackson."I have to discuss that look. It's like Barbie meets the Stepford Wives." – Simon Cowell.
Stay or go: She's a lock to make it a whole lot further than this."


Another Underwood Opinion
"Carrie Underwood – Carrie professed complete ignorance of ‘70s music and didn’t even have a clue what the song she sang was about. It’s odd that someone aiming to have a career in music is so ignorant of music history. Do your homework, babe. Simon’s critique that she looked like Barbie meets The Stepford Wives was right friggin’ on. Sure, Carrie has a great voice, but her stage presence is limited to an unconvincing swiveling of her hips. Unfortunately, there’s more than enough room in the music industry for another dopey, hot chick that is lacking in talent (e.g., Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears.) "


Carrie Does Disco Night
"Carrie Underwood: Donna Summer's version of MacArthur Park (good thing she didn't try to emulate the original singer—Richard Harris) was a smart choice, in that's really a big ballad in disco clothing. It served as a good showcase for her pipes, albeit not without a few wobbly moments. (She really is vacuous, though—calling the tune a great song "despite the words." I'm sure Jimmy Webb, one of the world's pre-eminent songwriters, must have enjoyed that review, on the off chance that he was actually watching. Someone left her brain out in the rain.)"


Sepinwall Slams The Remaining Idols

Carrie is doing well because she's blond, she's pretty, she's from Oklahoma and, whenever possible, she sings country. She's already won the title of "Red State Idol." But while she has one of the best pure voices on the show, she has no personality. The one time she tried to inject some passion into her performance, last week on Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield," she got smacked down hard by the judges for daring to step out of her country box. You can bet she'll go back to smiling blandly and singing with a twang from here until the finals. "


Monday, April 18, 2005

Underwood Comments

“I do feel Carrie could use a trip to the bottom 3. she is good but I think she is getting a little stuck on herself. Maybe a little humbling.” --Sue
“Carrie will win. She is original and has star looks.” --Debbie
"Carrie is nice but all she can sing is country. She has no expressions and can not connect with the audience." --Destiny


Saturday, April 16, 2005

More Underwood Fan Opinions

"” I love Carrie, but she really needs to work on her stage presence and learn to play to the audience.” –Debbie
advertisementdocument.write('“I guess it's now up to Carrie to win. She's the only other one with star potential. I've always thought she and Nadia would be the last 2, but now I'm expecting anything!” –Betty
“Certainly we are pulling for Carrie Underwood. She is just as nice as she is pretty.” --Carol"


Friday, April 15, 2005

Carrie's Allergies
"“I don’t know what it was, allergies or what,” Underwood said. “I was exhausted after I got off stage. It takes a lot more to make sure you hit (the right notes). Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t.”"


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Underwood - Another Review

"Carrie Underwood showed her rocking side again, singing Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield." I thought it was excellent, though as my sister Pam pointed out Carrie needs to learn some rockin' dance moves. Randy said it was pitchy on the high notes and Carrie missed some words. Carrie said indeed she messed up some words. Paula said she rocked. Simon compared it to watching a kitten who wants to be a tiger. "


McGurgan on Carrie
"Carrie proved that she isn’t as good as everyone has been saying. She’s got the singing part down pretty good. But where she runs into trouble is her stage presence. She’s got a sexy body but doesn’t yet know how to use that to her advantage. She ran out of steam mid-song and lacked the confidence she’s shown in previous weeks. Anyone else notice she wasn’t wearing a bra? "


Carrie's Look
"“She’s a really pretty girl, and sweet, and she comes from a small town and has not been exposed
to much in the way of fashion,” Siggins says. “She’s not used to
wearing designer clothes, so getting her out of her jeans has been a challenge. I’d like to see her
in more dresses.”"


Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Underwood Sings "Love Is A Battlefield"

"Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: Apparently shocked and saddened that Randy Jackson called last week's performance boring, Underwood went rocking with Pat Benetar's "Love Is A Battlefield." She mixed up some of the words, but odds were that nobody in the audience noticed until Randy pointed it out in the comments. It wasn't her best showing, but combined with her earlier choice of Heart's "Alone" it shows that she's more than a country girl trying to pose as a pop star. Moreover, it was a whole lot livelier than last week's effort.
Grade: B
The judges: "It was a little like watching a kitten trying to be a tiger." – Simon Cowell.
Stay or go: Underwood was successful in playing the role of a rock star. Sure, she forgot some words, but she could have been singing in Ancient Greek and gotten enough votes to move on. She's perfectly safe."


Yet More Fan Opinions About Carrie
"“I would like Carrie to win but she needs to step it up a notch to really prove herself an ‘American Idol.’” --Melanie
“I think Carrie will win. She is boring and seems a little lost, but given the proper management she has what it takes to go far: a great voice, good looks and a down-to-earth image that America can connect to.” --Kristy

“As to who should win? Carrie definitely! I picked her out as the next winner during her first audition! Country girls rule!” –Terri

“I’m rooting for Carrie. The competition gave up on their early arguments about her singing ability, her looks, now they’re left with ‘she’s boring.’ Well, all I can say is she’s the only one that holds my family’s complete attention while on stage performing, none of the others do. But, I say leave them this one outlet left for attacking her, perhaps it will help level the playing field a little because otherwise this season’s been a blowout, a complete mismatch with the rest of the contestants being out-classed in every way.” --G

“Carrie Underwood is okay, but too Barbie for me.” --Nikki

“Carrie is so boringggggggggggggg. I wouldn’t buy her CD unless I wanted to use it as a sleeping pill.” --Lonnie"


Monday, April 11, 2005

Carrie Will Win Says...

"She also reminds me of a very young Loretta Lynn. The mass support will come from the American Mid-West. Her supporters come from the Bible-reading belt. Carrie Underwood appeals to the good old traditional side of the American audience. There’s nothing contrived or artificial about her. They are all rooting for her. The title is hers. I can already hear the shouts of “Yee-hah!” somewhere in the distance."


Thursday, April 07, 2005

Looking Back At Carrie

"Carrie Underwood – Carrie did Britney Spears a huge favor this week – she made Britney’s music sound good. Is this the kind of crap teenagers want to listen to? She looked like a Barbie doll and sang in a schmaltzy, contrived and totally restrained manner. "


Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Carrie Graded

"Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: This wasn't Underwood's best performance, but all she had to do was get through "Hello, Young Lovers" from "The King and I" without falling on her face or forgetting the words. She managed that very well, though the most memorable part of the performance was that the hairstylist and makeup person had her looking exactly like Reese Witherspoon. She'll also benefit because Simon's criticisms were lost in disbelief that he's British enough to refer to detergent as "washing powder."
Grade: B
The judges: "That song. Really boring. I was starting to fall asleep. But you sang it – you sang it great." – Randy Jackson.
Stay or go: It was just an average performance from Underwood, but that's all she needed. Given her background, it was surprising she didn't pick something from "Oklahoma," but she's doing fine."


Underwood Sings "Hello Young Lovers"

"Carrie Underwood sang "Hello, Young Lovers." I thought she looked beautiful and sang beautifully. I'm even more convinced that she can sing something other than country. Randy said that the mark of a true great singer was the ability to take a boring song and sing it brilliantly, which she did. Paula said she was a well oiled machine. Simon said she sang it well but it was mind-numbingly boring. He compared to a washing powder commercial in the 50's, saying it was old fashioned. Paula said she loved Simon's analogies. "


Underwood "Shows" The Audience

"Carrie Underwood seemed to stupefy Randy and Simon with her version of Hello Young Lovers (Paula would be impossible to stupefy further), but she sang it tastefully, holding back on the oversinging until a big finish that she pulled off nicely."


More Carrie Opinions

"”I am rooting for Carrie or Bo to win. Carrie has a great voice, but she can pick the wrong songs sometimes.” --Amy
“I know that Carrie Underwood [has] a good voice but I can not stand watching her because she [doesn’t] have stage performance and not even moving [she] just stands up there with her microphone. She needs to learn how to move her body and feet just like Nadia Turner and Constantine and Bo Bice.” --Anonymous"


Monday, April 04, 2005

Carrie--A Non-US Perspective

"Is it Carrie Underwood? Last week, Carrie wowed the judges once more with her rendition of Independence Day. While she’s the strongest country music gal to take the "Idol" stage, that doesn’t mean the 21-year-old crowd favorite can’t handle other musical styles, she’s proven a bit of her versatility and we can’t wait to hear more. She’s the person to beat this season. Simon says: "You’ve got the IT factor, which is what it is all about." We say: She’s obviously Simon’s favorite but what the heck she’s one of our bets too. We like her being a country singer and all but it would also be great hearing her sing different genres of music"


Saturday, April 02, 2005

Another View of Carrie

"Favorite Carrie Underwood is certainly destined to have success with the Faith Hill (country version) fan base. Just don't know if that is something people like Simon Cowell can truly appreciate. (Yes, he's proven he knows nothing about the country music scene, and has mentioned his puzzlement at the appeal of country music in the States) Not a good thing, but thankfully, Cowell pretty much has little to do with the contracted finalists post AI."


Carrie's Got "It"

"Carrie I do get a hard time for being critical, but I think some of the performances I've seen tonight, honestly, I've seen in karaoke bars across England and America," said Simon Cowell, "Idol" judge. "And yet, you have something different, and that's what you look for, which is that 'it' factor. That's what it's all about."


Thursday, March 31, 2005

More Fan Feedback

"I am rooting for Carrie Underwood to win it all. I think she is fantastic. — Roger Quesenberry, Bunceton, Mo.
I'm rooting for Carrie Underwood. I picked her since the first time she sang. Great voice, beautiful look, and a real charm for personality. Someone who could be a great role model and "American Idol". I don't like Constantine. His voice isn't really that good and his rendition of "I Think I Love You " from the Partridge Family was one of the worst things I have heard this whole year on the show. — Mike, Appleton, Wis.
I think that Carrie Underwood is in the wrong competition. She should be on LeAnn Rimes' country competition, not this one. This is for pop/rock star. I am not totally convinced about Anwar either. Most of his songs sound the same, there isn't too much of a change in his style of music choices and his voice doesn't have that fluctuation some of the others have. — Kris, Amsterdam, NY"


Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Another Underwood Opinion

"Blond-haired country singers are a dime a dozen, but Carrie Underwood, 21, showed she's more than just another Faith Hill clone this week with a stunning version of Heart's "Alone." The performance vaulted her into the elite status."


Ranking Carrie

"By far, the most polished Idol finalist ever. While she's the strongest country music gal to take the "Idol" stage, that doesn't mean the 21-year-old Oklahoman can't handle other musical styles.

Slick her up a touch and uncountrify her a tad and you've got the successor to crossover star Shania Twain.

Prediction: She wins it all and, as the sagacious Simon Cowell forecasts, goes on to outsell all the previous "Idol" winners."


Underwood Reviewed

"Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: Underwood had a tough act to follow after all the accolades she received last week, but she didn't disappoint. She went back to country with Martina McBride's "Independence Day," and was great once again. She also said that before her first date, her father was in the living room cleaning out his shotguns, which only feeds the Country Carrie persona. It also might cut down on the number of fans attempting to google her home phone number.
Grade: A
The judges: "Great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great. That was the best performance of the night." – Randy Jackson.
Stay or go: Just go ahead and pencil Underwood into the competition until at least mid-May."


Carrie Sings "Independence Day"

"Carrie Underwood returned to country tonight singing "Independence Day." I said her country was boring me, but now that she's proven to me that she can rock, I'm alright with it. I know she's not one dimensional either now. Her performance was excellent. She's got a beautiful voice and she gave me goosebumps tonight. Randy said it was a great performance and the best vocal of the night. Paula said it sounded wonderful. Simon said that Carrie has the "it" factor. "


Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Fans On Underwood

"“I think Carrie will probably win the competition. She is beautiful, sweet and has a great voice. Three things that a lot of Hollywood stars aren’t. She is also diverse and proved that she’s more than a country singer.” —Simona
"Simon was wrong for calling it so early. Carrie has a nice voice, but she doesn’t have Vonzell’s personality, Constantine’s appeal, or Bo’s polished perfomance ability. I could listen to her but not watch her. It’s extremely boring." —Gwen"


Sunday, March 27, 2005

Carrie--Next Idol?

"Carrie has a great voice but she has no stage presence, sparkle, or flare for performing onstage. She’s pretty, but in a non-descript way. If she makes it as Idol, I don’t think her strong suit will be performing before a live audience on the tour circuit, and for me, since I’ve been so spoiled by the notorious “Runner-Up Idol” from Season 2 in that department, and because the live, onstage factor is so important to me in the overall scheme of things for the winner, I can’t imagine Carrie in the number one spot. Can’t imagine her even as number three for that matter. "



"Carrie is still in the "final-final" list because she too has great looks and appeal, aside from a fine voice and versatility-plus."


Thursday, March 24, 2005

Carrie--One More Opinion

"Carrie Underwood – Which was more awful – Carrie’s choice of a bad ‘80s song by Heart or her insanely over the top ‘80s style hair? She’s got a terrific voice, but needs some work on her stage presence. I think she’s rather bland, but some speculate she could she go all the way. In the competition that is. "


Reflection On Underwood's Performance...

"Upon Further Review: This time, Ryan asked Paula to discuss Simon’s anointing of Underwood as the Idol of all Idols. Paula snipped that it was way too early to be making that statement, a natural reaction from the judge who loves everybody equally. But it didn’t change the fact that Underwood’s performance was the best of the night, and rebroadcasting it couldn’t have harmed her long-term chances."


Canadian Likes Carrie

"This week's theme, Billboard number ones, let the Top 11 contestants kick things up a notch with a series of sizzling performances, beginning with Underwood's rendition of Heart's Alone.

Underwood's take on the '80s rock song was a far cry from her usual country ballads. Not only did she take a risk by singing something different, but she sang it like it was written for her."


Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Revote for Carrie!!!


Carrie's Best

"Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: Underwood looked like she was late for her senior prom, with her hair poofed up for her performance of "Alone" by Heart. But the performance was fantastic, and if she had lost some of her luster over the previous few weeks, she gained it back on Tuesday.
Grade: A
The judges: "It was your best performance yet. You were unbelievable tonight." – Randy Jackson.Stay or go: Um, duh. Underwood's a safe bet to stay until at least mid-April unless she totally falls off the planet in the meantime. She's certainly a lock to make it another week."


Underwood's #1

"Next up was Carrie Underwood. After getting off to a good start on American Idol, she had gone down a bit in my opinion by choosing to stick to the country routine. She snapped that image quitely clearly tonight, singing "Alone" by Heart. Not only was her country song gone, her country look was gone too. She looked beautiful and sang beautifully. I was really impressed, possibly more so than I have been yet by her. If she keeps this up, she will definitely make it to the finals. Randy called it her best performance yt. Paula said her hat was off to Carrie. Simon went on to predict that Carrie isn't the girl to beat, she's the person to beat. He added that Carrie will not only win, but will sell more than any other American Idol contestant. I'm still not sure she'll win, I still think it will be a guy, but she could end up being stiff competition. "


Carrie Underwood Watch Parties in Oklahoma


Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Underwood...Losing Ground With Bettors


Carrie on "Theme Weeks"

"'Honestly, song choice is so hard because there's just millions upon millions of songs out there. [With theme weeks] we have more of a direction," Underwood explained. "And at least we'll know what the judges are expecting to hear.'"


Monday, March 21, 2005

Carrie Underwood--Updated Odds


Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Winner Is...

"Carrie Underwood – The judges' harsh critiques of Carrie have definitely rattled her cage. In coming weeks her nerves will get the best of her. Carrie is too bland and mediocre to win the competition, even if America seems to approve of her middle-of-the-road country pop styles and her cute, but generic personality and style. "

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Another Underwood Review

"Carrie Underwood - When will I be Loved
The low notes of this song were inaudible at best, and it was a really safe choice. But, as with many songs, this one ended on a really good note -- three, in fact (ha! A pun!). But I would be willing to bet if you took away that last three notes, it would detract so much from this performance. That's what many contestants seem to do -- tack on a big note at the end of any song, because it's the last thing we'll remember. "

More Carrie

"Carrie Underwood – Last night Carrie sang, “When Will I Be Loved?” and the answer is NEVER. America likes this kind of crappy, generic singer. Don’t get me wrong, she’d probably be the best singer at a karaoke bar and but she came off like a vapid floozy. Then again, Jessica Simpson has made a career out of it. "

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Underwood Critiqued

"Carrie Underwood, 21, Checotah, Okla.: Underwood gave a somewhat blah performance of the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved,” although she did somewhat redeem herself with a whiz-bang ending. Still, certainly not her best work to date.

Grade: C Simon compliment: “There are three people in this competition who actually know who they are musically, and you are one of them.”Stay or go: Although Randy and Paula slapped her on the wrist for not taking chances with her songs, Underwood has shown what she’s capable of before, and she likely will again."

Local Carrie Underwood Story

"Underwood's odds dropped in the casino's book to fourth place, although the odds sheet still listed Vazquez as a contestant.
Underwood is also no longer the book's favorite female to win; she was surpassed by Nadia Turner."

Carrie Sings "When Will I Be Loved"

"Carrie Underwood once again went country. True, she pointed out that "When will I be loved" was an Everly Brothers song. Too bad that the version Carrie sang was more the Linda Rondstadt version, which is much more country. Good voice, good performance, but how long will she get away with the whole country thing? Randy and Paula didn't like it. Randy said it was just okay. Paula called it safe and boring. It's not often I agree with Paula over Simon, but Simon decided to be nice to Carrie (perhaps he was blinded by her looks). Simon said that there are three people in the competition who know who they are and that Carrie is one of them (our guess is that Bo and either Nadia or Anwar are the other two). "

Sunday, March 13, 2005

More About Carrie...

"Carrie Underwood, 22, Checotah, Okla. A college senior, she plays guitar and piano and rescues stray animals."

Saturday, March 12, 2005

What Do The Other Idols Think About Carrie?


Carrie Underwood--Betting Odds


Friday, March 11, 2005

Meet Carrie Underwood

"Carrie Underwood, a 21-year-old from Checotah, OK (Auditioned in St. Louis) - Carrie Underwood, who was born and raised in Checotah, OK, has spent her entire life on a farm. Currently, Carrie is a senior at Northeastern State University, studying mass communications. Carrie is the youngest of three sisters and plays guitar and piano. She loves animals and rescues strays from the surrounding area. "

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Carrie Underwood--American Idol?

Yes fans, American Idol is back and better than ever. The
following sites are excellent resources about the show and its contestants
including Carrie Underwood.—the
official American Idol Website. This site has all the information on the show
and its contestants including Carrie Underwood. You can see video clips,
participate in an American Idol Forum (where you can talk about the contestants
including Carrie Underwood), and buy exclusive American Idol merchandise.
This site collects lots of relevant links to American Idol—past and present.
An excellent resource for American Idol Fans—especially those who wish to find
out information about Carrie Underwood.

The Smoking Gun—the
site that reveals the dirt on people in the public eye. Frequently with
reality shows, someone unearths dirt/gossip on some of the contestants. Sex
scandals, drugs, naked and nude pictures—who knows what will appear in
cyberspace about these contestants? The site that unearthed Arnold
Schwarzenegger’s interview with Oui magazine has a track record of uncovering
the hidden pasts of people in the public view.—Want to
purchase music from past American Idol contestants? Amazon is the place to do
it. If Carrie Underwood becomes the next American Idol, you’ll certainly be
able to purchase music by Carrie Underwood at Amazon.—The official
website of the network behind American Idol.—Provides
excellent coverage of American Idol and will focus coverage on Carrie Underwood
if the performances of Carrie Underwood merit it.