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Sooner State thinks ‘Idol’ Underwood more than OK

August 12, 2005

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— There's nothing like a soothing shower after a long night on the road. Just ask "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood.

Carrie Underwood, right, is presented with a replica of a road sign to be placed in the "American Idol" winner's hometown of Checotah, Okla., by Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, right, and Oklahoma first lady Kim Henry, left, at a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol in Oklahoma City.

Carrie Underwood, right, is presented with a replica of a road sign to be placed in the "American Idol" winner's hometown of Checotah, Okla., by Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, right, and Oklahoma first lady Kim Henry, left, at a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol in Oklahoma City.

"The first thing I did this morning when we got in was take a shower," said the 22-year-old singer, whose tour bus rolled into Oklahoma early Wednesday. "We'd been on the bus all night, so I really needed one."

Underwood has been performing on the "American Idols" concert tour.

Gov. Brad Henry presented her with a replica of highway signs posted outside her hometown of Checotah. The signs read: "Checotah, Home of Carrie Underwood, American Idol 2005."

"These signs reflect the great pride that we Oklahomans have for Carrie," the governor said. "Carrie is talented, graceful, charming, hardworking and a testament to what can happen when people follow their dreams."

"It's so good to be home," said Underwood. "I know I don't deserve any of this."

Underwood, who won the "American Idol" contest in May, said she brags about her state everywhere she goes. "If we ever run into a problem anywhere, I say, 'This would not happen in Oklahoma.'"

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