By EW Staff
Updated March 04, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

”American Idol”: Why we love Carrie Underwood

Anybody who can pull a Tiffany song (”Could’ve Been”) from her bag of tricks without sounding like a complete cheeseball obviously has some staying power. And at 21, the charmingly naive Carrie (who’s even from Oklahoma, for Pete’s sake) has a strong, twangy voice that brings to mind Kelly Clarkson. That’s always a good thing. ODDS 3?1