Carrie Underwood Gets Her Props

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I was only slightly surprised to see Carrie Underwood got Simon Cowell’s attention.

SIMON ALREADY PICKS A FAVE

February 8, 2005 — SIMON Cowell has singled out “American Idol 4” wannabe Carrie Underwood as one of his new favorites.

“There’s a girl who I think is very good this year – she’s like a country singer, a blond girl,” Cowell said on yesterday’s “Live with Regis & Kelly,” apparently alluding to Underwood.

“I like her,” Cowell said. “I think she’s very good.”

Underwood, a 21-year- old singer from Checotah, Okla., auditioned for “Idol” while the show was in St. Louis. She sang “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” which was a hit for Bonnie Raitt.

Underwood was lauded by “Idol” judges Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson and sent on to Hollywood to continue on the show.

She already has “Idol” message boards abuzz – and even has her own Internet fan club, dubbed “The Care Bears.”

Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2000 and attends Northeastern State University.

And she’s no stranger to performing, winning a talent competition and finishing as first runner-up in the 2003 Miss NSU contest, according to local newspaper accounts.

Cowell told Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa that he and his fellow “Idol” judges saw about 100 wannabes each day during the show’s audition process.

“By the time you hit 90, you’ve had it,” he said — adding that with past “Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino “we kind of knew . . . instantly” that they were stars. Indeed, when Simon first heard Fantasia sing, he immediately predicted she would be the winner. He has a phenomenal track record of picking people who will become stars. (that’s how he got the AI job) Having him single Carrie out this early, says a lot.

I was so impressed by her ability that I paused the Tivo while I was watching AI to blog her audition… I wanted to be the first to predict her coming stardom. Looks like I might have been ahead of the curve.

(Of course she must remember the words at some point…..)

[Kevin adds] The Care Bears fanclub is available vie Carrie Underwood Fans

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