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‘Idol’ bits: Carrie Underwood to take on ‘The Sound of Music’

Carrie Underwood is going to play Maria Von Trapp in a new version of "The Sound of Music." CREDIT: AP

Carrie Underwood is going to play Maria Von Trapp in a new version of "The Sound of Music." CREDIT: AP

How about this for ambitious? NBC is planning a live, three-hour remake of “The Sound of Music” for Christmas season 2013 starring Carrie Underwood as Julie Andrews’ iconic Maria Von Trapp.

Underwood hasn’t done too much acting to date – “Soul Surfer” in 2011 is the most notable film role. And coincidentally or not, in 2008, she performed “The Sound of Music” for a “Movie Rocks” special on CBS.

And it’s going to be produced by the team that has done “Chicago” and NBC’s “Smash.”

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Our beloved “Idol” moderator Deirdre’s mother died last week and I wanted to extend my deepest condolences.
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Kelly Clarkson on Blake Shelton’s Christmas special last night on NBC shows her comedy chops here.
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Sorry “Voice” fans. I have only limited brain capacity and have focused on doing recaps of “X Factor,” “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “The Walking Dead.” Work-life balance meant I had to drop something and that something was “The Voice.” But I went on MJ’s and watched the final six last night just to see what I’ve been missing. My impressions of each based purely on their performances last night and I have zero context in terms of their journey thus far. (Yes, I used the word “journey.” Sorry!)

Nicholas David: This guy’s 31. With that scraggly beard and Bo Bice hair, he has prematurely aged himself 10 years. He has a mildly interesting voice, no particular stage presence. I almost feel like he was born 30 years too late and might have had more luck in the 1970s. I thought his “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was more bracing than “September,” which felt more like a straight cover.

Cassadee Pope: Lovely pop voice in the vein of Avril Lavigne, which is why her pick of an Lavigne song worked so well. Her version of a Rascal Flatts song “Stand” was quite good to me, especially since I’m no fan of the vocals of Gary LeVox, lead singer of Rascal Flatts. She has the looks and the energy to be a potential pop star.

Amanda Brown: She’s far better (and far more relatable) than Paige Thomas or CeCe Frey on “X Factor.” She has a commanding voice and does both R&B (”Natural Woman”) and rock (”Here I Go Again”) well. And she can hit the big notes, too.

Terry McDermott: An adequate 70s/80s rock guy. I don’t have much more to say about him.

Trevin Hunte – His mentor Cee Lo inexplicably gave him an upbeat 80s pop tune by Katrina & the Waves. He did a decent job giving it some R&B spit and polish. Then he picks one of the most difficult songs out there “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” He is not quite as compelling as Joshua Ledet from a personality standpoint but he has a good voice.

Melanie Martinez – Apparently, Danger Mouse has blocked this song from being performed on any reality show but Cee Lo has a little sway with him as the other half of Gnarls Barkley. She then does “The Show.” Very cute and sweet, like a lollipop. MJ hated her but I have a high tolerance for sugary stuff (and that despite the fact I’m diabetic.)

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38 comments Add your comment

Chi Town

December 4th, 2012
11:46 am

ohhhh yeahhhhhh Carrie Underwood ohhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhh

Mercedes S.

December 4th, 2012
11:52 am

Of all the shows to blog… Housewives?? But people watch it, huh?

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

December 4th, 2012
12:03 pm

D: I am so sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. From what I recall, it has been a trying time for you. I hope you find peace and comfort in knowing she is in a better place. I also hope the blog continues to provide a distraction when needed.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

December 4th, 2012
12:11 pm

And now on to my regular blog comments:

I’m not sure how I feel about Carrie doing The Sound of Music. I know it’s an iconic role, but I am not as attached to Julie Andrews in the role as others. It will definitely be something different for her to try. I hope she does well.

Ah, The Voice. Last year I watched and complained…and watched…and complained. So, this year, I decided to just watch the part I enjoy, which is the blind auditions. After that, I checked out. I’m happier and I’m sure the show doesn’t miss me. As for the winner, I liked a few people, but I can’t recall liking anyone to the point of thinking I’d buy the music or go to a concert.

Also, I can only do one singing show a season, not that I can’t pay attention, but it’s just too much. So I have the circus called XFactor the edge this season with Ringmaster, Simon.

Patrick

December 4th, 2012
12:37 pm

Please tell me this is a hoax. Carrie Underwood? Sound of Music? Those words do not belong in the same sentence, lest even the same paragraph. I have heard Carrie make sounds, but I don’t know if I’d call them sounds of music.

Deirdre

December 4th, 2012
1:23 pm

Thank you so much Rodney. And k&cf. And all my blog friends(even Branch Loveless for stepping out of Lurkerdom) Y’all are the best!

Getting my act together and will be back on the road(or the blog in this instance) soon!

JTesla

December 4th, 2012
1:38 pm

Why remake the Sound of Music? Why live? Oh that’s right money, do a Christmas special or something. Sound of Music is not Christmas. Die Hard is Christmas, remake Die Hard live with Carrie in the role of John McClane. That would be a better idea.

No rush Deirdre, I know that these things take time.

Harriett

December 4th, 2012
1:44 pm

I have sent Deirdre my condolences, but will say now how much she is missed and thought about.

Rodney, thanks for The Voice review. I am kind of ho-hum about it, too. I did like Trevin a lot last night and was put in mind of Joshua Ledet. I am of the opinion that he’s better than Joshua and does not have all that posturing and over-gegsturing that went with a Joshua performance. For some reason many current singers–especially R&B, which seem to always be my favorites, need to “explain” the lyrics they are singing by motioning and pointing to the self, the eyes, the ears, etc. It is like they think we can’t get it without thier explanation. Trevin did not do that and I liked him for it.

Harriett

December 4th, 2012
1:45 pm

Oh, and the same can be said for Amanda, who was awesome.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

December 4th, 2012
2:05 pm

JT, can you imagine? Carrie: “Yippie-kai-yay mother trucker!”

Mark "the choker" Richt

December 4th, 2012
2:25 pm

Hey Rodney would you cheat on your “partner” with her ?

DanJ

December 4th, 2012
2:58 pm

Deirdre, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother! My prayers go out to you. On The Voice I like Amanda and Cassadee.Trevin has a huge voice and is good but he lacks control at times. I don’t care for Nicholas or Terry too much. Melanie’s voice makes me cringe!

Kev

December 4th, 2012
3:25 pm

Cassadee Pope…isn’t she already a quite well known singer from that pop group Hey Monday? Hey Monday used to be a decently popular pop group. I feel like the person who wins should be someone who’s never had a label or contract before ugh

Sam-A

December 4th, 2012
4:36 pm

K&CF: Those “hills” that are “alive” will have to be the Ozarks if Carrie sings in that twang she’s been using on a lot of her songs lately. They’ll have to be fighting some nutcase mountain man militia group instead of the Nazis. Almost be worth watching for a laugh.

Seth T

December 4th, 2012
7:47 pm

yes, from what I heard about her; Cassadee Pope was the lead singer for Hey Monday – kind of a Pop Rock, even a little bit toward Punk type of band. They sometimes did openers for Fall Out Boy, and maybe some other better draw bands. They did an album once I think, but didn’t do anything big in sales.

She’s toned-down from her earlier days, but still focused and ambitious. She seems likeable and polished as a performer on the Voice. Her voice has good range and projection – but she doesn’t have the fullness/texture/vibrato of a Diva type of singer, imo. No doubt that her added exposure and popularity will give her career new life. She was in the top 10 on i-tunes the day after she did a Country song written by Blake.

Highlander

December 4th, 2012
8:34 pm

D., I’ve been away from the blog for a couple days so this is the first I’ve heard of your loss. (Though we knew from your previous posts that it was coming.) So sorry for the pain you must be going through. I realize no words can offer any real comfort but just know you and your family are in our prayers.

Wormy

December 5th, 2012
8:14 am

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle dum, hi ho hum! Only a few weeks before yall return as the same ole bum! Idol 2013.

Wormy

December 5th, 2012
8:15 am

Tweedle dee and tweele dum, hi ho hum! Only a few more weeks before yall return as the same ole bum! Idol January 2013.

Woodpappy

December 5th, 2012
8:34 am

Deirdre I’ve been away for a while and just heard about your loss. My condolensces to you and your family. I hope that you are coping well and know that you have lots of friends hurting for you.

Pitchy

December 5th, 2012
9:11 am

Deirdre – my condolences to you and your family. The armor of God continues to surround you and your loved ones! I know it’s difficult, but I hope your strength deepens with all the support coming your way.

G

December 5th, 2012
9:18 am

D, my condolences for your loss.

G

December 5th, 2012
9:25 am

Kind of a shocker on The Voice for me.

I expected Mel Martinez to go. She held on a lot longer than I thought she should have. She has an interesting tone, but somewhere in there, you have to add a little “umph” to your tone.

I didn’t see Amanda’s departure coming last night. Maybe next week. She’s a strong singer, but I don’t believe she really connected to the masses. She vocally pulled off “Here I go Again”, but her perfomance value really lacked. She wasn’t a believable hard rock / heavy metal performer. IJS

I like everyone remaining on The Voice to win. It doesn’t matter to me who wins, so I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the show. There’s no wgwg stigma on the show, so it’s aaaalll good!

DanJ

December 5th, 2012
11:04 am

@G, I was somewhat shocked to see Amanda go. My choices would have been Nicholas and Melanie to leave. I didn’t care for Melanie’s voice. It reminded me of a hamster running on a wheel! I think Cassadee and Trevin have a chance to be stars with Trevin having the biggest upside. He’s a cross between Luther and Peabo Bryson. He just needs seasoning and the control of a studio. I think he could be a huge star. Nicholas actually made me break out my old Seals and Croft lps. However I don’t see him getting signed.

Sam-A

December 5th, 2012
11:08 am

Deirdre: Guessing you’ve not had a chance to watch “WD” as of yet. When you finally get around to it, OMG does not even begin to cover it – can’t stand the thought of having to wait until Feb to see what happens – it was one totally eventful show. Hope the world is starting to come back together for your and your family – takes time, but it will ease out eventually.

Due to lack of a single interesting thing on tv last night, I ended up with “Voice” by default. The long-haired girl (Blake’s) did a lousy job on Kelly’s “Breakaway” duet, but Adam’s gal did a pretty darn good job – considering no one will ever be able to top Kelly singing a Kelly song. She at least stayed pretty true to the song – and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Rickster

December 5th, 2012
11:28 am

So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, your queeness. A friend of mine once told me, “There are two types of people in the world – those who have lost their mother and those who have. And the ones who haven’t have no idea what the other one have gone through.”

I wish you didn’t have to join the club.

Rickster

December 5th, 2012
11:34 am

Now.. on to Idol-related stuff. Carrie as a nun? A singing, nun, yes… but a nun? Seriously?

I have serious doubts that it will turn out well.

Rickster

December 5th, 2012
11:43 am

I don’t think I’ve ever been less enthused about an upcoming Idol season since…. well… since last season.

Mercedes S.

December 5th, 2012
11:43 am

Carrie as a nun – she’d have to be dulled down. Maria should look like a healthy milk-maid.

G

December 5th, 2012
2:09 pm

@DanJ. LOL @ Melanie sounding like a hamster on a wheel! Yeah, I can hear that in her voice.

I heard someone on the blog comparing Trevin and Joshua Ledett, but they are different singers with a few similarities. Joshua reminds me of a Dennis Edwards (Temptations). Trevin reminds me of David Peaston with a better mid range. But yeah, I can hear Peabo Bryson too, but not as smooth.

@Sam-A. It’s obvious we don’t agree on much on this blog. But I think we’re on the same page with WD. There are PLENTY of cliffhangers that we’re forced to put on hold til next year.

Seth T

December 5th, 2012
2:25 pm

While I like the talent on the Voice this year, I have an impression that we’ll still see more “minor league” effects from the winner and top 4, than any of them becoming a major force in the music industry.

Nicholas at least has a “niche” where he could play certain types of venues and possibly sell some songs. Terry is good, but that market he appeals to, doesn’t hold much ground in the industry, Trevin doesn’t have a very definable niche, and maybe will try to get into Christian or R&B music – as he’s not a Pop guy, where the Billboards are made.

Cassadee, unless she can get a good original hit song, is still a longshot to become a major player- as she doesn’t have a richness or distinctive voice that would challenge a Kelly, Carrie, Colbie, Martina, Katie, etc. imo. I like her the best of the remaining 4 though – in terms of appeal and versatility in song delivery and performance. Here again, the guys got 3 in the top 4, only one girl.

Pitchy

December 5th, 2012
2:45 pm

Sam-A – I couldn’t find anything to watch on TV last night either and wasn’t in the mood for The Voice, I turned on DVR and saw a taping of Dr. Phil. Clicked on that and it was an episode of dumb women marrying heavily tattooed men in prison. I quickly turned back to The Voice.

Sam-A

December 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

Pitchy: How very appealing – Not sure which was more lust-inducing: the “heavily tattooed” part or the “in prison” part. Hey, put them together and there’s a really winning duo. No wonder you fled the scene – at least with the remote control.

Highlander

December 5th, 2012
4:09 pm

I’m very surprised that it was Amanda and not Nicholas who went home on The Voice! While I don’t see either one as the winner, I believe Amanda is the better singer and performer. I like Nicholas and his choice of music but his vocal range is very limited.

And he desperately needs to change his wardrobe!! With his propensity for sweating heavily under the TV lights, you’d think he’d drop the layered ex-hippie-professor look. I get a whiff of over-powering patchouli just looking at him. :lol:

Highlander

December 5th, 2012
4:20 pm

I don’t agree with those who compare Trevin Hunte to Joshua Ledett, either. To my ears, Joshua had moments where his attempt to hit a high note and, at the same time, keep a little grit in his voice became a screech.

I’ve heard none of that from Trevin. Just a clear high register in pitch. And he can blow! Win or lose, given the right original material, I think he could help bring REAL R&B/Soul music back!

Sam-A

December 5th, 2012
4:35 pm

Woodpappy: good to see your name show up every now and again! We’ve kinda thinned out and gone into hiding during this year’s off season. Hope all will be back in full force when Idol returns. I get lonely with only work to keep me occupied thru these long dreary work days!

DanJ

December 5th, 2012
4:35 pm

Highlander, I think Joshua has more gospel in his voice. Trevin is more old school R&B. I don’t know if he is still producing but Quincy Jones would be a great producer for him. Maybe bring in Terry Lewis for a few up tempo songs. I hope both Joshua and Trevin can bring SOUL back to R&B. It’s obvious since both have done well in singing competition shows that there’s still a market and fans of the genre.

Rickster

December 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

Not to pick nits… (which I do very well) but who wrote the caption?

“Carrie Underwood is going to be play Maria Von Trapp in a new version of “The Sound of Music.” “

floydkirk

December 7th, 2012
8:17 am

I’m not sure how how I feel about Carrie doing The Sound of Music.she is my favourite i am excited to see her in this role.