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American Idol's Carrie Underwood can sing

Country Standard Time Editorial, February 2010

If anyone saw the Super Bowl – what a great great game that was – they would have heard American Idol winner and country superstar Carrie Underwood sing the National Anthem.

Underwood did with her voice what Kelly Clarkson did last week with her written words – give it to Scott Borchetta, the head of Big Machine Records,, who tried defending Taylor Swift by knocking American Idol performers.

Swift, you remember, suffered a major backlash for her off-key, less than stellar singing with Stevie Nicks on Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon at the Grammys. Not only did critics pan Swift, but so did a bunch of Average Joes, who let it rip on line.

Borchetta rushed to his label’s moneymaker by knocking American Idol singers for being less than genuine. Clarkson, who does things her own way and is perhaps not your typical AI performer, gave it back to Borchetta saying that AI performers actually can sing.

Clarkson wrote, “we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the 'right' notes as well. Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better.”

Underwood undertook the difficult task of singing the Anthem prior the game and has one powerful, strong voice. Now, let’s hope she did not use Auto Tune to doctor up her voice. We certainly are not claiming she did – it’s just that some are saying that’s getting to be a common practice among singers these days. But what she did prove was that Borchetta doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

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