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Queen of Everything: Carrie Underwood


Taking to the throne this week is country singer Carrie Underwood, 29, who would bring back pogo sticks and ban back-combing

I’d be dripping in jewels.

The first thing I’d do is wear all the Queen’s jewels at once – it doesn’t matter if they don’t match. I could be wearing 30 bracelets but that would be OK. I’m married, so my husband [ice-hockey player Mike Fisher] would probably expect to be king. We’ve been married for nearly two years now and I’ve grown pretty attached to him [laughs] so I definitely wouldn’t want to try living without him. I don’t have children but I do have two dogs, Ace and Penny, who would be my prince and princess.

I’d grow a few inches.

I wish that I was taller. I’m 5ft 3in now. I don’t want to be monstrously tall but I think 5ft 5in would be nice. Just a couple more inches, I’m not greedy. The wonderful thing about being short is that you can lie. You can wear high heels. When people see me in real life wearing flats, they always tell me that I’m really short.

I’d know more about my ancestors.

If I could pick anyone to sit down and have a conversation with it would be my great, great, great grandmother. It would be wonderful to know where I come from. I’m the baby of my family and my dad was the baby too so there’s a big information gap.

There would be a royal decree that everyone must be on time.

I can’t stand people who are late – it drives me absolutely crazy. If we agree to meet at 7pm, I’m there at 6.45pm and ready to go. When I do awards shows like the Grammys they’re always surprised when I actually show up on time – no-one else does.

I’d bring back board games.

When I was young we used to have the best games and cartoons. Everything has become so technology driven now, which is great in the workplace but not for games. We used to play The Game Of Life and Monopoly – I still play Scrabble on my iPad but it’s always fun to break out a board game. More physical exercise would be good too – growing up I had a pogo stick and I loved my bike.

The world would be kinder to our furry friends.

I’m a big animal lover. I wish people could find alternatives to fur and generally take better care of the world and all its inhabitants. Where I grew up, for some reason people don’t spay or neuter their pets so they just keep multiplying. I built an animal shelter in my home town [Checotah, Oklahoma] and my mum helps to run it. We have unwanted puppies coming in all the time – we try to find good homes for them but it can be hard.

Backcombing would be banned.

It really damages my hair. When I’m doing a photo-shoot the person doing my hair needs it to look good for the day but they don’t realise that I have to live with it for the next 12 months until it grows out.

Carbs would always be on the royal menu.

I love pasta. I love a good risotto. Give me Italian food every day; that would be awesome. I lead a pretty well-balanced life and don’t deprive myself too much of what I want. I’ve been a vegetarian for eight years and became vegan last year so barbecue restaurants are not my favourite – a big room of steak is pretty scary.

If I could have a superpower I would be able to fly.

It would be awesome not to have to wait at airports.

I’d be more athletically able.

I wish I could play basketball. I grew up playing softball and I’ve always considered myself an athletic person but I’d love to be able to play ball. I’m excited about the Olympics – [in the US] we always look for a reason to be proud. I’m sure everyone does; supporting their country and athletes.

Everyone would listen to country music.

Lots of people have the wrong impression of country music and what it stands for but now is such a great time for it because there’s something for everyone. Some artists are more traditional, others are heavily rock influenced then you have people that teeter on the pop side of things. It’s full of real talent. You don’t really see country music artists on award shows lip-synching through their entire performance. In June people come from all over the world for the CMA country music festival in Nashville – they go to the honky-tonk and karaoke bars and eat, drink and be merry. It’s fun but the drawback is it’s always awfully hot.

I’d be a ‘go with the flow’ kind of Queen.

There isn’t much that people don’t know about me. What you see is what you get.

Carrie Underwood is performing at the Royal Albert Hall on 21 June. For tickets visit gigsandtours.com



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