'American Idol' is the most-watched show on TV each week, and among the millions of viewers tuning in to see how the hopeful stars handle the pressure of competition is Reba McEntire. The country icon knows a little something about living in the glare of the spotlight and has a few 'Idol' connections herself -- season one champ Kelly Clarkson is managed by Reba's husband, Narvel Blackstock.

So, who does McEntire think are the standouts among this year's crop of contestants? Well, like much of the country, she's got her eye on Kris Allen and Adam Lambert.

"I think they're stars," Reba tells USA Today. "They've got the charisma."

But there's one more performer she's watching closely, and it turns out they've got something -- other than singing -- in common.

"What's the redheaded girl's name? Allison. I like Allison [Irehata], also," says redheaded Reba.

"Those three are my favorites. I like the way they sing; I like the way they look when they are singing. It's not just a performance. It's coming through their eyes -- that makes a huge difference to me," she says.

All three of Reba's favorites were "safe" this week, and have made it to the Top 5. The drama continues, with the season finale set to air next month.

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