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The holiday season looks busy for Carrie Underwood, and she couldn’t be happier.

For one night in December, the six-time Grammy-winning singer will star in a live television version of The Sound of Music.

The 30-year-old country star told The Associated Press that she was nervous about doing something she’s never done before. But then she realized, “None of us have. This is a live show on TV. So this is definitely a challenge for all of us.”

She said the live singing and acting was like “going to a Broadway show, but you’re in your living room.”

The Sound of Music airs 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC with Underwood playing Maria alongside True Blood vampire Stephen Moyer. He portrays Captain von Trapp.

While the Nashville, Tenn.-based Underwood is no stranger to performing before millions of people on live television — she won the fourth season of American Idol — she felt she needed more preparation, so she showed up in New York three weeks early.

“I wanted to be here and have all my lines memorized and everything and be ready for it. It’s been really wonderful,” Underwood said. “[My costars] are incredible. Stephen’s great. It’s nice to be surrounded by that much talent.”

Underwood also spoke about recording the opening number this season for Sunday Night Football. “It’s a lot of fun. I grew up watching football. I’m from Oklahoma; it’s what we do,” she said with a smile.

The conversation then turned to hockey and her husband Mike Fisher’s team, the Nashville Predators.

“They got off to a little bit of rocky start, but definitely getting some momentum. I feel there’s some really great, new young talent,” she said.

Their busy schedules mean it’s tough to fit in couple time.

“[On the ice] is the only way I get to see him,” she admitted, “other than iChat.”

So what of those rumors that Underwood is cheating with fellow country singer Brad Paisley?

Just that: rumors, according to Brad’s wife, actress Kimberly Williams.

“I hope it helps our careers! That’s all I can say,” Williams laughingly told Us Weekly.

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