Carrie Underwood goes to Nashville.

American Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood is embracing her roots in Nashville this week. Saturday, she’ll appear on the Grand Ole Opry radio show; yesterday, she performed at the Country Music Association’s festival. She also “taped an upcoming special for Country Music Television, performing the Reba McEntire/Linda Davis hit duet ‘Does He Love You?’ with Jamie O’Neal,” according to the AP.

Not surprisingly, “she hopes to release a country album” later this year, although it’ll remain to be seen whether her Idol overlords will let her go all Nashville Star on them. Why country? Carrie tells the AP, “I’m from Oklahoma and grew up listening to country music. I think it’s the most cheerful music.”

‘Idol’ Underwood is the toast of Nashville [AP]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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