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American Idol contestants like Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler are shaking up country music in a big way.

Carrie, Kellie, Josh Gracin and newcomer Bucky Covington have all parlayed Idol success into Nashville stardom. “I’m very grateful that American Idol opened that big door for me,” says Kellie.

[Photos: Carrie Underwood by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage; Kellie Pickler by Joseph Viles/WireImage; Josh Gracin courtesy Lyric Street Records]