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Overrated ''American Idol'' contestants: Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood, American Idol | ''Alone,'' Heart It would require great hubris, or complete ignorance of Idol history, for a contestant to cover the one song that's indelibly linked to…

''Alone,'' Heart
It would require great hubris, or complete ignorance of Idol history, for a contestant to cover the one song that's indelibly linked to the success of the insanely popular Underwood. And yet that's exactly what season 6's Gina Glocksen and season 7's Ramiele Malubay did in selecting ''Alone,'' the soaring Heart number that catapulted Carrie Underwood from reality show hopeful to musical superstar. Hey, maybe for an encore, Gina or Ramiele could rip the mic out of Aretha's hands midway through a rendition of ''Respect''? (Okay, okay, Allison Iraheta provided the exception to the rule in the season 8 semifinals, but The Rocker doesn't follow the EW playbook, she rewrites it!)

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Overrated ”American Idol” contestants: Carrie Underwood

FINISHING POSITION First place (season 4)

GREATEST MISSTEP Hands down, a monumentally soulless disco-week rendition of ”MacArthur Park,” complete with a final note that sounded like a subway train screeching to a sudden halt. The fact that Carrie later admitted she had no idea what she was singing about exemplified her problem throughout the competition: a frequent lack of emotional connection with the material she’d chosen to sing.

WHY WE’RE BITTER Okay, Carrie fans, let the hate-mail campaign begin. But while your girl did hit more notes than she missed, how could you have overlooked her scary-starched stage presence, or even worse, those line readings that had all the passion of an ESL student at phonetics class?

Originally posted March 3 2006 — 12:00 AM EST

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