In Defense of Carrie Underwood: Why She Won’t Ruin The Sound of Music
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In Defense of Carrie Underwood: Why She Won’t Ruin The Sound of Music

Unless you live under a rock, you know that tonight is live production of The Sound of Music on NBC. And while Carrie Underwood and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer are getting ready to take the stage to breathe new life into Maria and Captain Von Trapp, it’s pretty clear that fans of the hit musical are divided on how tonight’s going to go down.

Many fans believe that while Carrie and Stephen are both extremely talented, they won't be able to do the iconic roles justice. But here are three reasons why Carrie Underwood is not going to ruin The Sound of Music:

1. Carrie has the voice of an angel

Just in case you haven’t heard Carrie sing before, we’re just going to let you know that she has some major pipes. The blonde bombshell rose to fame after winning Season 4 of American Idol and has been Queen of Country Music ever since. Not only can she belt out some major riffs, but she knows how to work a stage and is very poised. Sure, she’s an entirely different genre than Julie Andrews, who played Maria in the movie version, but that doesn’t mean she isn't versalite. Remember: She was chosen for this part, she didn’t just waltz in and snatch it up. Clearly they’re going for a different vibe this time around.

2. She’ll add her own spice to the character

As mentioned before, clearly the Powers That Be behind this live performance of The Sound of Music are going an entirely different direction with this special production. While we won’t deny that Julie Andrews played this part perfectly back in 1965, we’re ready for another go-round. Carrie will obviously be unable to imitate Julie’s perfectly pleasant British accent and charming voice, but she will bring a youthful, energetic vibe that can introduce a new generation of viewers to the classic film and stage production.

3. It’s unfair to compare her to Julie Andrews

If you’re hating on Carrie Underwood before the show even airs, that’s just silly. She hasn’t even been given a chance to impress or fall flat on her face. We think that the root of your problem with Carrie is because you can’t see anyone playing the iconic role. There isn’t anyone around these days who exudes the quaint charm that Julie graced our screens with, so we think going with a country superstar can’t produce the worst outcome, right? Plus, NBC has made it clear that they’re not trying to remake the memorable movie. "We're not trying to remake the movie. Nobody can remake the movie," Laura Benanti (who plays Elsa) assures.

So how about it, can you give Carrie a chance?

Will Carrie Underwood is going to sink or swim tonight? Hit the comments and let us know what you think!

The Sound of Music Live airs tonight, December 5, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

12.5.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Carson Blackwelder
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