Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley Headed To 'Idol'

Carrie Underwood attends the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 22, 2009 in West Hollywood, California Carrie Underwood attends the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 22, 2009 in West Hollywood, California

“American Idol” sent Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez packing in a double elimination on Wednesday night – but next week the popular FOX reality competition will return with two more stars sure to delight fans.

Season 4 “Idol” champ Carrie Underwood will return to the “Idol” stage for a performance on Wednesday, March 18. Next week’s show will feature a Grand Ole Opry theme on March 17 & 18, as contestants will select and perform songs popularized by Opry members.

Carrie will perform her hit single, “I Told You So,” with fellow Opry member Randy Travis, who will also be participating as Idol’s “Opry” mentor for the show’s contestants.

“I am so excited that two of my musical passions, “American Idol” and the Grand Ole Opry, are joining together to create a really special week of music,” Carrie said in a statement released to Access Hollywood.

“I am always thrilled to return to the “Idol” stage, and am so proud to this time be bringing with me one of my heroes, Randy Travis. I knew the Opry first, but Idol gave me my start and helped lead me to the Opry stage. It’s a great feeling to be able to help bring these two worlds together.”

‘Idol’s” Opry night doesn’t end with just Carrie; reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist and Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley will also be performing on “Idol” on Wednesday. Brad is slated to debut his new single, “Then,” performing it for the first time on national television. 

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