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February 20, 2008
Carrie Underwood is going 'Live'

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Carrie Underwood is in full-blown travel mode, on the road co-headlining with country bud Keith Urban on the Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride Tour.

But she's taking a break in the action this weekend to appear on "Saturday Night Live" (at 11:30 p.m. on Channel 3).

I spoke with Carrie today as she prepared to head into rehearsals for the show, which is back on the air for the first time since the writers' strike ended. When the request for her to perform came through, she says, she made a beeline for the Big Apple.

"It was great because it worked out in our (hers and Keith's) schedule," she says. "We were playing in the area, driving in and out of New York, so it worked out perfectly."

This is Carrie's second time performing on the late-night comedy show. She'll be sharing the stage with former "SNL" performer and writer Tina Fey, who will be scripting a big chunk of the welcome-back episode.

"My band was sooo excited when I told them about the opportunity to be on the show," Carrie says.

Meanwhile, next month (on March 12), the Urban/Underwood entourage (read: buses) pull into Arco Arena for Sacramento's "Crazy Carnival" tour stop. Stay tuned here at 21Q and in The Bee as we get closer to the Arco show for more from Carrie on how the tour's going, as well as all things "American Idol." (She still loves talking about it!)

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