OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Grew Up on Terri Clark

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In the late ’90s, who wasn’t a Terri Clark fan? She was everywhere. So it makes sense that Carrie Underwood chose to sing some of Clark’s songs at talent shows when she was a young girl. At one of those shows, when she was not quite a teenager, she did Clark’s debut single “Better Things to Do.” Then in another, Underwood covered Clark’s “Emotional Girl,” which hit country radio in 1997. I so wish that the grown-up Underwood (she was 21 at the time) had chosen Clark’s smash No. 1 hit from 2004 “Girls Lie Too” as one of her American Idol audition songs. Underwood told VH1 on the Behind the Music special that she didn’t win any of those talent shows as a girl. “I never won anything. Ever,” she admits. “So I learned how to lose.” Maybe she figured Clark covers were not the good luck charm she was looking for.