By EW Staff
March 14, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

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)”