It’s the holiday performance everyone is talking about!

Carrie Underwood bravely took on Julie Andrews’ iconic role as Maria Von Trapp in a live telecast of “The Sound of Music” and pulled in a whopping 18.6 million viewers.

But her triumphant turn in the beloved musical has thrust the country cutie between a rock and a hard place!

In an ENQUIRER exclusive, we reveal that the 30-year-old singer is being pushed in different directions and doesn’t know which way to turn.

While the three-hour special scored a ratings bonanza, Carrie was raked over the coals by critics – including one of the stars of the 1965 Oscar winner.

“It’s impossible not to notice that she can’t act,” scoffed one reviewer.

Still, an industry source says that Carrie has become “the toast of TinselTown” because she proved that she can draw a big audience – and that she’s already being offered everything from TV guest spots to feature films.

This could be the “American Idol” champ’s best chance to launch a duel singing/acting career like her idol Dolly Parton. But thin-skinned Carrie could face a grueling road ahead.

Will she or won’t she take a shot at TinselTown? Pick up the latest issue of The ENQUIRER to find out!