Carrie Underwood played her first-ever UK show Thursday night (June 21) at London's famed Royal Albert Hall.
And she may have been nervous, but Carrie made a bold move: She covered a huge hit, "Fix You," by popular British band Coldplay, right in Coldplay's backyard. Video of the performance went up on YouTube almost immediately.
After Carrie sang the song, she acknowledged having a bit of anxiety beforehand.
"Singing someone’s song is one of the most stressful things because you don’t want to mess it up! You want to be respectful," she told the crowd.
The performance was well received, as was, apparently, the entire show.
The London Evening Standard reviewer wrote, "Underwood’s spine-tingling version of Coldplay’s 'Fix You' showed she understood the song is both a tender comfort blanket and a gung-ho rock symphony."
That same reviewer gave Carrie four out of five stars. "What a good-natured triumph it was for the 21st-century Shania Twain," he wrote. "She was absorbingly watchable and a fabulous singer."
One line from the review did highlight a bit of a cultural difference between UK music fans and US country fans. Carrie dressed in short-sleeved blouse, skintight sparkly pants/leggings and high heels, but that proved to be too conservative for the London Evening Standard.
Carrie dressed, he noted, "as if she'd been told the Royal Albert Hall was a Taliban stronghold."