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Carrie Underwood: 'I'm not trying to be Julie Andrews'

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Nov 27, 2013 | 6:31pm EST

Carrie Underwood has responded to "hate tweets" from those who hope her upcoming live The Sound Of Music TV special is a huge flop, insisting she's not trying to take Julie Andrews' place in the hearts of film fans. The country music superstar is in rehearsals for the ambitious three-hour event, which will air in America next week (05Dec13), and she admits she could do without all the negativity. But Underwood is refusing to let the criticism ruin the experience for her, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I get hate tweets and stuff like, 'You're not Julie Andrews!' I know I'm not Julie. Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was... I know my place." Fortunately, she does have the support of the star of the beloved musical movie version of the play. Andrews previously wished Underwood luck when her casting was announced earlier this year (13). She said, "I wish it well, that's for sure. A live broadcast, poor lady! "I think she's great. It's going to be the original show, I believe, and I think after 40 or 50 years, it's probably time somebody else had a crack at it." The TV special will also feature True Blood star Stephen Moyer and five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.

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