Carrie Underwood, who is wrapping up a year and a half on the road headlining her Carnival Ride Tour, has had plenty of time to perfect her live and often unpredictable shows. "There isn't really any set script. The lighting guys like to know where you're going to be on certain parts of the show, but as far as everything else goes, you just do what you feel," she tells Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. "When I think too much, things don't work that well ... Have a conversation with the audience; if you feel like dancing, dance! You've just got to do what feels right."

Underwood encourages her band to enjoy the spontaneity of the show, as well. "I definitely take the approach that we're all a team," says the country superstar. "I found in every aspect of my career that works best."

While Underwood's love of performing clearly plays out on stage, there are also plenty of behind-the-scenes moments that add to her fun. "The band and I always have running jokes on stage that if you ever see anybody do something kind of weird, it's probably some inside joke that we're messing with each other on," she said.

Underwood's band members also have the inside scoop when something goes wrong. "I disappear and I come back in a new outfit ... you run backstage and start stripping. Sometimes we can't get my boots off. Sometimes I walk out in something I wasn't supposed to have on!"

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