AMERICAN country music star Carrie Underwood wowed Tamworth fans last night with her good looks and talent, performing to a full house at her one-off concert.
After kicking off with her popular single Good Girl, the blonde songstress had the
5000-strong audience at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre singing and dancing along throughout a two-hour performance.
A sea of mobile phones held above heads filled the air as fans recorded the American star’s down-under gig, the only one in a regional centre.
Irish-Australian singer Damien Leith began the night’s show, the former Australian Idol winner covering Roy Orbison classics and performing some of his original songs.
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But the night belonged to 2005 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, the mostly female audience erupting into cheers and wild applause throughout the show.
Dressed to impress, the Grammy Award-winner gave the audience a taste of her popular chart songs with a little bit of gospel thrown in for good measure.
Three lucky winners from The Northern Daily Leader’s competition to meet and greet Carrie did just that, spending time with the singer backstage before the show.
Denise Whitten, Narelle Cini and Kathryn Bramlett said they were “blown away” by their chance to meet Carrie in person.
Among the first to arrive at TRECC were diehard Armidale fans and sisters Sigrid and Bridget Labrosse, complete with CDs, a marker and extra camera batteries, anxiously waiting for their chance to meet the star.
“We love her, we’ve been following her since American Idol,” Sigrid said.
They waited from 8am, camped outside TRECC’s backstage entrance, for their best opportunity to waylay the superstar, who is making her first tour to Australia.