Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images Photo: Carrie Underwood in Tsemaye Binitie at the 2012 CMAs

Sure, we still have a couple of months to go before public voting for American Idol 2013 starts, but Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood has already voiced her support for one of the early hopefuls.

During the Charlotte, North Carolina auditions, viewers met the unabashedly kooky Ashley Smith, who wowed the judges with her version of Carrie’s tune “Cowboy Casanova.”

The former American Idol winner and country star wholeheartedly approved of the choice and sang Ashley’s praises via Twitter.

“That girl singing ‘Cowboy Casanova’ was awesome! She was such a nice surprise!” wrote Carrie.

We’re sure somewhere out there, “Blondie” is jumping for joy at the complement.

Source: Twitter