Carrie Underwood Led ‘Idol’ Searches In March

Searches for ‘’ finalist in the month of March pointed to the singer being the most popular contestant early into the finals. Underwood received 253,436 searches for the month, ahead of fellow remaining finalists Bo Bice — who had 191,508, and Vonzell Solomon — who had only 25,701. The most common misspelling was Carry Underwood with 220 searches, followed by Carie Underwood with 187. Searches for nude were at 593.

FCC Won’t Probe ‘American Idol’

May 13, 2005 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Thursday night, “It was reported today that the FCC is unlikely to investigate allegations that Paula Abdul had sex with an ‘American Idol’ contestant. They’re not going to investigate, yeah. A spokesperson for the FCC said, ‘Being Paula Abdul is punishment enough’.”

Anthony Federov Voted Off ‘American Idol’

May 11, 2005 – Anthony Federov was the only performer to get low marks from the judges for both songs on Tuesday’s ‘American Idol’. The Idols were asked to sing one tune out of Nashville and one from Philadelphia, specifically the music of Gamble and Huff. The performances didn’t impress the voters either, as Federov was voted off the show Wednesday night. Controversy erupted though when the dial-in phone number for Carrie Underwood was displayed on the closed-captioning for all the contestants, possibly aiding her survival. The correct numbers, however, were shown with on-screen graphics and announced by Seacrest. A statement issued Wednesday by Fox read, “the producers and network apologize to our hearing-impaired viewers for any confusion, and the situation was immediately corrected for our tape-delayed West Coast broadcast.” When Federov closed the show, Underwood was repeatedly shown crying and could be seen mouthing to Federov: “I love you.”

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