OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Says There’s No American Idol Checklist

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American Idol, you’re going to Hollywood! The auditions are over, and now American Idol is ready to move into Hollywood week. “I think you know what will work when you see it,” Carrie Underwood says. “I don’t know if you can have a checklist of ‘this is what I’m looking for.’” She was the big winner on the show’s fourth season in 2005, and she’s pretty sure they didn’t have that checklist during her Hollywood week. “When I was on there, I guarantee you they weren’t looking for a blond little country girl from Oklahoma singing country music on a relatively pop TV show,” she said. “They weren’t looking for me, and they found me.”

Underwood has been watching the show and kind of live-tweeting it, saying things like, “There was a lot of unexpected great talent on @AmericanIdol tonight! I still have my #goldenticket.” She was also excited to see the Oklahoma auditions because “OK has so many great singers! #idol.” And when one contestant sang an Underwood song, she was one of the first to tweet, “That girl singing ‘Cowboy Casanova’ was awesome! She was such a nice surprise!”

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