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.”

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