Carrie Underwood is arguably the most successful ‘American idol’ winner of the past 10 years. The singer-songwriter-actress has found major crossover success and fame since winning the Fox reality competition show in 2005. She’s a favorite in country music and pop music circles, and earlier this year, Billboard magazine named her Country music’s reigning “Queen.” We’re not huge country music fans around here, but it’s hard to deny Underwood’s appeal.

The 29-year-old platinum selling artist is easy on the eyes and she boasts a sweet, lovable girl next door quality that sets her apart from a lot of the other pop stars currently clogging up the charts.

It’s also nice to know that Underwood, while preserving a pretty squeaky-clean image, is not as toothless as she may seem. The Oklahoma native recently drew the ire of right wing conservative critics who slammed her for voicing support for gay marriage.

In a recent interview with the The Independent newspaper in the UK, Underwood simply stated that she attended a gay-friendly church and she agreed that everyone should have a right to love whomever they choose. When asked about her statements and the critical reaction, Underwood mostly just brushed it off and told the Associated Press: “No matter what happens in your life, something you do, wear, say, sing whatever — somebody somewhere is probably not going to like it too well.”

So let’s celebrate Underwood’s natural talent, downhome beauty, and honest nature by naming her our Crush of the Day.