With Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj at the American Idol 2013 judges table this year, most viewers likely expected that Keith would be “all country, all the time,” while Nicki might be more partial to someone with a hip-hop flair. 

In fact, it seems that Keith has been a bit tougher than expected on the country hopefuls, while Nicki has been fawning over some of these singers. Regardless, with hopefuls like Janelle Arthur, Brandy Hotard, and the eternally happy Rachel Hale in the top 20 females, there’s no denying country is first and foremost this season...which makes us ask...

Is American Idol trying to create another Carrie Underwood? Forbes recently released their list of top earners of the Idol alums, and Carrie came in at an impressive #2, second only to the inaugural winner and mega-star Kelly Clarkson.

So it would make sense that the powers that be behind the show might be trying to push for another Carrie -- someone cute, talented, and country, and there are plenty of those to go around this season.