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Life after `Idol'
Performing whirl has young singer Carrie Underwood learning as she goes
THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Thursday, August 24, 2006
By Doug Pullen
It may seem odd for "American Idol" alumna Carrie Underwood to think of herself as a student.
She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in her native Oklahoma last June. The 2005 "Idol" champ's debut album, "Some Hearts," has sold more than 3 million copies since it came out last fall.
Underwood has toured with some of country's biggest names, done myriad interviews, made numerous TV appearances and is fast becoming the go-to girl to sing the national anthem at major sporting events, including last year's NBA Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills, an NFL playoff game and this summer's Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
So what's to learn?
How about how to go from "Idol" to star?
"It's a total learning process. I was thrown into everything so quickly. I'm picking it up as I go along," says the 23-year-old singer from the small town of Checotah, Okla. She made one of her first post-"Idol" concert appearances last December at a Hurricane Katrina benefit with her idol, Martina McBride, and LeAnn Rimes at The Palace.
It's gone pretty well for the pert performer with the crystal-clear voice whom notoriously tough "Idol" judge Simon Cowell praised as having the "it factor." Since winning the vastly popular TV talent show 15 months ago, Underwood has seen her singles "Inside Your Heaven," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Some Hearts" and "Don't Forget About Me" variously scale the country and pop charts, with new release "Before He Cheats" on its way up.
Her debut album sold 315,000 copies in its first week, making it the best-selling country debut since 1991. It has gone on to sell nearly 3.5 million copies. Underwood has won Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and Dove Awards, signed endorsements to pitch everything from Hershey's chocolate products to Skechers footwear, and is one of the newest celebrities to sport a "Got Milk?" mustache for the International Dairy Foods Association.
Heck, she even was 2005's Oklahoman of the Year.
And to think she graduated from high school only five years ago.
Carrie Marie Underwood admits her vision of what this would be like is different from the reality she's experiencing.
"You honestly think things will be all glamorous and you sleep until 3 every day and get up and sing, but it's a lot more crazy than I would have thought, but in a totally good way," she said from a tour stop in Lewisburg, W.Va. "You have all these ideas of what will happen, what stardom will be like, but it turns out better in some cases." More...
Source: Flint Journal
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Watch the video of Carrie and Heart in concert in Atlantic City on 3/10/06...
"She just came out of her skin, she was just really
great and confident and took it big."
- Ann Wilson of Heart talking about Carrie
ENCORE VIDEO: Carrie talks about performing "Alone" on DRL
For those in the L.A. area, tune in to this morning's broadcast of the KTLA Morning Show on channel 5.
Ex-KZLA Morning Show personality, Peter Tilden will be the guest in the 9am block. For those who missed the interview, Kevin at CountryBoards.com has posted the transcript here.
More pics of Carrie's 8/11 performance on Good Morning America...
If you missed the concert broadcast the first time around, be sure to check out these
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Watch Carrie rock New York's Bryant Park.
VIDEO: Don't Forget To Remember Me
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Konami Signs Simon Cowell And Randy Jackson For 'Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol'
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., caught up with American Idol's famous judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson to get their comments about the upcoming video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Gamers will not only come face-to-face with Cowell and Jackson as they rate performances and provide feedback, but Konami's groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) inside the game will also enable them to critique specific parts of any performance, a first in the award-winning video game's history.
"Over the years American Idol has produced some amazingly talented singers, but let's be honest most of the people who turn up for the auditions are useless," said Simon Cowell. "For anyone who wants to know what it's like to audition in front of me, now you're about to find out. This game is a great representation of American Idol."
"The number one show on television and the top karaoke video game around – wow, this is going to be big time!" said Randy Jackson. "It's amazing what Konami has accomplished in making this game look and feel like the TV show." More...