Carrie Underwood Performs On ‘Today’

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‘American Idol’ season four champ Carrie Underwood performed on the ‘Today’ Show Summer Concert Series on Tuesday (June 14) at NBC Studios, Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Footage of Underwood performing ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Inside Your Heaven’ and an being interviewed by Katie Couric at Bing.com has since been removed.

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Carrie Underwood Hopes To Appeal Beyond Country

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Katy Kroll of Billboard spoke with ‘American Idol’ season four champ Carrie Underwood and asked the singer which musical direction she plans on heading. “I think there’ll be two different audiences involved,” she siad. “There’ll be the country people, who are really embracing me right now and standing behind me, and I am so thankful for that. Then there are the people who don’t necessarily like country music but watched the show and liked me. Hopefully I reached a new kind of audience and opened a few people’s eyes to country music.” Read more.

Carrie Underwood Visits ‘The Early Show’

‘American Idol’ winner Carrie Underwood visited ‘The Early Show’ to reveal how she’s handling her new stardom. The singer also performed her debut single, ‘Inside Your Heaven,’ which will be available in stores June 14th. Watch both clips at CBSNews.com.

Carrie Underwood Chats With Z100

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‘American Idol’ winner Carrie Underwood phoned into The Zoo on Thursday (May 26). Underwood said she’s going to stick to country music, won’t be splurging on anything soon, taking it week-by-week during the competition, the good and bad of Simon Cowell being in her camp, and more. The brief interview at Z100.com has since been removed.

‘ET’ Interviews Carrie And Bo

‘Entertainment Tonight’ correspondent Mark Steines caught up with ‘American Idol’ season four champ Carrie Underwood and runner-up Bo Bice. Carrie talked about touring and recording an album, while Bo thanked the fans that got him in the runner-up position. ET has since removed the video from its web site.

Carrie Underwood Wins ‘Idol’, Plans Country Career

Carrie Underwood is this year’s ‘American Idol’, defeating Southern rocker Bo Bice in the show’s finale Wednesday night. The Associated Press reports that the singer said country music is where she intends to make her name. “That’s where my heart is. I feel like that’s the music that’s the most pure. And the people, the artists, are so nice. … Those are the people I want to be among,” she said.

‘American Idol’ Insider: Final Favorites

May 25, 2005 – ‘Extra’ caught up with some celebrities to get their opinion on whether Bo Bice or Carrie Underwood will be named ‘American Idol’ season four champ on Wednesday. Zach Braff predicted, “The cute country-singing blonde. She’s going all the way.” Ellen DeGeneres said, “Bo sealed it.” Jerry O’Connell agreed, “I like Bo Bice.”

‘American Idol’ Judges Show The Love

May 24, 2005 – Simon Cowell was photographed hugging Paula Abdul and appearing to give her a hickey as fellow judge Randy Jackson sneaks a kiss on the cheek outside the Mandarin Hotel in New York City on Thursday (May 19).

Farber: Bo Or Carrie Will Become Worst ‘Idol’ Yet

May 24, 2005 – Jim Farber of the New York Daily News weighed in on the finale of ‘American Idol’ this week, not impressed with either Bo Bice or Carrie Underwood, calling the matchup “a cut-rate country singer vs. a man who does the least credible impersonation of a rock star since Pat Boone.” Farber added, “Whoever wins will be the worst victor in ‘AI’s’ four-season reign of terror. You don’t have to be Simon to know that 2005’s contestants have sunk to new lows. They’ve suffered from less sure pitch and a less nuanced understanding of the lyrics than ever before, and that’s a near Herculean feat.”

Relative Phones Radio Station To Squash ‘Idol’ Romance Gossip

May 22, 2005 – After airing the rumor of a romance between ‘American Idol’ Anthony Fedorov and Carrie Underwood, the Cash & Carey Morning Show on KWEN in Tulsa, Oklahoma received a phone call from a person claiming to be a close relative who told Kelley Cash that Carrie was “not two-timing Drake” (Drake Clark, her boyfriend, of McAlester, Oklahoma). The relative also said that the “I love you” that was “mouthed” by Carrie when Anthony was performing was actually going out to her parents.

Closing In On ‘American Idol’ Finale

May 17, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday night, “Well, we’re getting closer and closer to finding ow which ‘American Idol’ contestant will end up on top of Paula Abdul.”

Simon Cowell And Terri Seymour On The Rocks

May 15, 2005 – News of the World reports Simon Cowell’s girlfriend Terri Seymour is close to splitting up with the ‘Idol’ judge. The ‘Extra’ correspondent admitted to her best friend Jane Green: “I’ve become a jealous wreck. He doesn’t tell me where he’s going any more and I can’t stand it. We’re rowing all the time and I keep thinking he’s cheating. He’s very close to a few women on ‘American Idol’ and I’m sure he’s sleeping with them.”

Carrie Underwood Guarded Like A Head Of State In Oklahoma

The New York Post hears that the farmers of Checotah, Oklahoma, who turned out in droves last Friday for a welcome-home parade for ‘American Idol’ top three finalist Carrie Underwood were shocked to see police sharp-shooters on the roofs of the two-story buildings that line Main Street.

Carrie Underwood Led ‘Idol’ Searches In March

Searches for ‘American Idol’ finalist Carrie Underwood 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 Carrie Underwood 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.”

Thousands Welcome Carrie Underwood To Oklahoma

‘American Idol’ finalist Carrie Underwood came home Friday to Checotah, Oklahoma as a crowd of about 8,000 cheering people lined the streets as she passed by. The 22-year-old Northeastern State University senior got the opportunity to come home for a day after breaking through to the final three contestants on the show. “Thank you guys so much,” Underwood told the audience, her voice choked with emotion. “I could have never done anything I have done without all of you standing behind me.”

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