Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ont. - March 23, 2010

JANE STEVENSON - QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:43 AM ET

HAMILTON, Ont. - Country-pop superstar Carrie Underwood suddenly has cred in Canada.

It helps when you're recently engaged to a Canadian hockey star - in her case Ottawa Senators' centre and hunk-and-a-half Mike Fisher last December.

So it really was no surprise that towards the end of her hour-and-45-minute show at Copps Coliseum on Tuesday night, the 27-year-old Oklahoma native flashed a huge picture of her and Fisher grinning away in some beautiful lakeside location on her enormous video screen as she wrapped up Mama's Song.

"And he's good, so good, and he treats your little daughter like a real man should," sang Underwood to big cheers as the photo of the impossibly attractive couple - I'll take a wallet size - capped what had been up a slide show of the singer's life up until that moment.

Earlier in the evening, Underwood also changed the lyrics to All-American Girl, inserting the word "Canadian'" at several moments in the song.

Once she's actually married to Fisher, can I suggest she bring him along for a shirtless cameo appearance on stage too?

I know, I know, doubtful.

Until then, the singer's two-week old Play On tour - named for her third album - rolled across the border with an eight-piece band, including fiddle and pedal steel players, and a noticeably bigger production than Underwood's first headlining tour in 2008.

This time, the American Idol/Season Four winner performed on a huge stage, dominated by a circular lighting rig, a large video screen backdrop and a front-of-stage platform that rose up and down with the vocalist front and centre.

There were also numerous changes into some questionable costumes - she still needs a stylist! - and an ultra-cheesy moment where she rode in the back of an electric blue pickup truck that moved slowly over the top of the crowd while she sang John Denver's Country Roads Take Me Home, and her own This Time.

"Oh, yeah - the only way to fly," said Underwood, who was actually tethered to a matching blue microphone stand so she didn't fall out of the vehicle.

And I don't even know how to describe a large leafy tree limb that repeatedly descended over Underwood to evoke a countryside or forest setting with accompanying video backdrops or when she felt like sitting on a swing.

If you've ever watched American Idol, judges like Simon Cowell are constantly talking about the fledgling singers' struggle to figure out what kind of artist they want to be.

I would suggest Underwood, who unquestionably possesses powerful pipes, is getting closer to establishing an identity but she's still not quite there.

There's the feisty, often angry rocker chick - my personal favourite - on such songs as Cowboy Casanova, I Know You Won't, Undo It, Last Name and Before He Cheats; the power ballad diva who hits some mighty big notes on Just A Dream, So Small, Jesus, Take The Wheel, and Change; and the soulful singer who - finally - brought some real emotion to the heartfelt ballad Temporary Home and the anthemic All-American Girl.

Underwood also came alive during her duets - with opening act Sons Of Sylvia on What Can I Say and a video of Randy Travis on I Told You So which included a recreation of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

To her credit, she did seem to realize how ridiculous her numerous outfit changes were.

"So - how many times have you changed clothes tonight? I win!" she joked.

SET LIST:

Cowboy Casanova

Quitter

Wasted

I Know You Won't

Some Hearts

Just a Dream

Temporary Home

Someday When I Stop Loving You

All-American Girl

So Small

Country Roads Take Me Home

This Time

Undo It

Jesus, Take the Wheel

How Great Thou Art

What Can I Say (with opening act Sons of Sylvia)

Change

I Told You So (with a video of Randy Travis)

Mama's Song

Stand by Your Man

Last Name

ENCORE:

Before He Cheats

Songs Like These (with snippets of White Liar, Single Ladies)


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