It was the backlash heard ‘round the web. Carrie Underwood not only attempted to fill the shoes of the legendary Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music, but dared to do it live theater-style last night on NBC. To say that people didn’t take kindly to the reprisal is a huge understatement, but there were some who supported the American Idol sweetheart. In fact, Mrs. Blake Shelton took to Twitter before the show began to show her support:
“Good luck tonight @carrieunderwood! Gonna curl up on the couch with my gal pals and watch you be amazing as always! #TheSoundOfMusicLive,” Miranda Lambert tweeted.
After the show ended, she continued to support her fellow country star. “Wow! The Sound Of Music Live was awesome. @carrieunderwood unbelievable! I can't imagine the work that went into that. Such a talented cast!”
To be fair, most of the criticism seemed to fall squarely on her acting –– not necessarily her singing. Long before the live event took place, Carrie was already fielding criticism for taking the role.
“I get hate tweets and stuff, like, ‘you’re not Julie Andrews!’” Carrie told Entertainment Weekly (according to People) during an interview.
Carrie took the public's outcry in stride, as she’s nothing if not a seasoned veteran at this point. “I know I’m not Julie,” the “Before He Cheats” singer admitted. “Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was … I know my place.”
Fortunately for Carrie, Miranda isn’t the only one in her corner. Julie Andrews, herself, gave her blessing and added her support.
“Fifty years later, it’s time somebody had another crack at it,” Julie told Zap2it earlier this year. “I had the best time of my life doing it, and it did wonderful things for me. I think it’s great that it’s being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting for Carrie.”
Are you with Miranda on The Sound Of Music Live, or do you think Carrie deserved the online fallout for her performance? Sound off in the comments!