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Thread: Carrie Underwood, the Idol big enough for Oprah

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    Carrie Underwood, the Idol big enough for Oprah

    There’s famous and then there’s the kind of famous that gets Oprah Winfrey knocking on your door.

    American Idol victor-turned-country-superstar Carrie Underwood — whose fourth album, Blown Away, debuted atop the Canadian and U.S. charts two weeks ago — is the latter kind of famous. The most commercially successful Idol graduate in the show’s 11-year history, Underwood gets grilled by Mama Oprah at 9 p.m. Sunday night during the latest episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN.

    This time, her hockey-playing husband Mike Fisher, a Peterborough boy currently playing centre for the Nashville Predators, gets dragged along for the ride.

    “I’ve been lucky enough to work with Oprah on a couple of occasions on a couple of other shows, but this is actually the first time that Mike and I have sat down and done an interview together, which amazes me. We’ve never done that before in almost two years of being married,” says the Oklahoma-raised, Nashville-based Underwood, 29, whilst being whisked between engagements during a two-day promotional stop in Toronto this past week.

    “She came down a few days ago and we took around to one of our favourite places to spend time — it’s not too far away from our home, kind of a weekend getaway — and we took her to where we’re gonna be building our house someday. And we went to the Bridgestone Arena to skate around on the ice a little bit.”

    Wait a minute: did Oprah skate?

    “No, she did not,” laughs Underwood, politely ignoring a subsequent question about how well she thinks Winfrey would take being checked into the boards by her man.

    In any case, Underwood has earned a lot of points in former Ottawa Senator Fisher’s home nation by embracing hockey fanhood wholeheartedly since marrying into the game. A regular at Nashville Predators games — jersey and all, hurling insults at the linesmen — until the team was knocked out of the playoffs by Phoenix in five games this year, she’s doing remarkably well for someone who missed out on the NHL altogether while growing up in the tiny town of Checotah, Okla. Indeed, she’s kind of incredulous that she didn’t discover hockey sooner.

    “It’s one of those things where I didn’t grow up with it, but now I’m kinda sad I missed out on it for the 26 years before I met Mike,” she says.

    “I love sports, so it amazes me I didn’t discover it on my own. It took marrying a hockey guy for me to be a fan and now I’m definitely a fan.

    “Everybody’s always like: ‘Don’t you care if he gets in fights? Doesn’t that make you sick to your stomach?’ It’s OK. I know he can take of himself. I just want him and Nashville to get a little further along in the playoffs. Hopefully, they’ll be able to do that next year.”

    Considering she’s got a blockbuster album to promote, Underwood is taking it surprisingly easy on the touring front this summer.

    She’ll play the odd festival date here and there, such as her touchdown at the Boots & Hearts Festival in Bowmanville Aug. 10-12, but she’s still enough of a smalltown gal to have largely set aside the warmer months to attend “a lot of family weddings” and spend time with her husband during the off-season.

    Come September, mind you, it’ll be time to put the stormy, arena-ready epics from Blown Away through their proper paces in the big-room environments for which the album — considerably more rock ‘n’ roll than it is country — appears to have been written.

    “I’m a lot of things. I’m certainly not gonna lie. I listen to everything,” says Underwood. “I definitely like to think of myself as a country artist who can use other influences to make my album appeal to not just country-music listeners.

    “There were certainly songs on there that seemed to want lots of production and seemed to want lots of drama. When you have a song like ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ or ‘Blown Away,’ they need something that’s as grand as the lyrics and the stories. So we just tried to do what the songs wanted us to do.”

    Carrie Underwood, the Idol big enough for Oprah - Toronto.com

    Source: Toronto.com

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    Nice article.

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    Awesome. This is the more widely read newspaper in the Toronto area (as opposed to that junk newspaper the Toronto Sun) so I'm glad it's such a great article.
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    There’s famous and then there’s the kind of famous that gets Oprah Winfrey knocking on your door.
    This time, Oprah really needs Carrie Underwood for a good Ratings to save her OWN Network.

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    Oprah,The host big enough for Carrie Underwood(:

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    Just reading all these articles on the interview has me looking forward to it more. The little teasers along with these articles, it will be interesting to see what new information we get from Mike and Carrie.

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    amazing article...so glad they got to do this interview...its going to be great!

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    ok, asking Carrie how Oprah would take being checked into the boards by Mike just might be the most dumbass question I have ever seen asked by anyone.
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    Nice interview


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