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How Carrie Underwood can win ''American Idol''

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Carrie Underwood, American Idol

How Carrie Underwood can win ”American Idol”

AGE 21

HOMETOWN Checotah, Okla.

WHAT’S IN TUNE Carrie may have more raw talent than any other female contestant.

WHAT’S OFF-KEY Despite her country twang, she has struggled to make any gut-level connection with the songs she’s choosing.

CLOTHES CALLS This year’s girl next door can get our attention without resorting to Maxim-style camisole tops like her unfortunate March 8 peach-and-silver debacle.

WHAT IT’LL TAKE TO WIN If Carrie’s got emotional layers to reveal, now would be a good time to show them.

REQUEST LIST Juice Newton’s ”Queen of Hearts,” Patsy Cline’s ”I Fall to Pieces,” Sheena Easton’s ”Morning Train (Nine to Five)”