OFFSTAGE: Should Keith Urban and Ashley Monroe Start Kree Harrison Fan Club?

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

If Kree Harrison wins American Idol, I think I know who will be founding members of her fan club — Keith Urban and Ashley Monroe. They’ve both been outspoken about her talent all season. And this week was no exception. During the “Rock Week” theme, Harrison did a well-received cover of “Piece of My Heart,” a song that was a hit for both Janis Joplin and Faith Hill. Urban seemed concerned about her, though, asking her what it was like performing in some very high-heeled boots. “It looks like you were struggling a bit to move around. I’m trying to find out if there was something holding you back tonight from performing,” he asked her, and she explained she had a pinched nerve. “Your voice is so good that you can just coast through it, and you’re such a professional. Ten out of 10 for your professionalism, Kree.” And earlier, the Pistol Annies’ Monroe told CMT Radio she was pushing for Harrison, too. “Kree Harrison should win American Idol — the end of it! Y’all have heard me talk about her,” Monroe raved. “My God, Kree is blowing my mind on Idol. So good. So proud!”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.