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The hills are alive with the sound of complaints that Carrie Underwood will play Maria Von Trapp

Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music
Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music

That sound you heard wasn't music to many people's ears.

NBC announced Friday that "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood would play the beloved Maria in a live broadcast of "The Sound of Music" next year. And even though the network was thrilled, many fans weren't.

“Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp,”  NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

Many throughout Twitter were horrified that the leggy country singer would be picked to perform in the role that most relate to Julie Andrews who starred in the Oscar-winning 1965 film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway hit. These digital critics didn't have anything against Ms. Underwood other than the fact that she was not Ms. Andrews.  

What's your opinion? Is Carrie Underwood the right person to take the role?