Legendary rock singer Steven Tyler got together with country superstar Carrie Underwood for a special joint event as part of the "CMT Crossroads" (Sat., 11 p.m. EST on CMT) concert series. It was a unique meeting of two artists with very different styles, and one very different connection.
As a judge on "American Idol" for the past two seasons, Steven Tyler wasn't on hand for Carrie Underwood's meteoric rise from small town unknown to worldwide superstar during the fourth season of television's number one show. But he can certainly appreciate the talented artist she's grown into, and he can clearly see what a beauty she is as well.
The 63-year old Aerosmith frontman has turned some heads quizzically at some of the comments he's made about some of the younger female contestants on "Idol." This season, he even referenced how hot a teenage contestant was in front of her father. The 28-year old Underwood may not be a kid anymore, but she still looked uncomfortable when Tyler threw a compliment her way.
She described herself as shy in a backstage interview with Tyler after he said, "Looking sexy is a mindset." For Underwood, being on stage gives her a temporary self-confidence. "You can be whatever you want to be, and be a little unpredictable. I think that confidence ... that's sexy."
Tyler agreed, and urged Underwood to embrace her sex appeal. "I don't know how you can sing half the songs you do and not look sexy, anyway, because ... look who you are, girl. Come on."
Steven Tyler can be seen on "American Idol," Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. "CMT Crossroads" is an occasional series that pairs unexpected artists from a wide variety of musical genres.
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