Carrie Underwood’s Mother Recalls Daughter’s ‘American Idol’ Days

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Over a decade has passed since Carrie Underwood won the fourth season of 'American Idol,' but her mother, Carole, still remembers every detail!

Of course Carrie Underwood has always had the vocal talent to become a country music star, but she and her mother formed another plan just in case things didn’t pan out. “We decided that, you know if nothing happens, where your singing is concerned, by the time you graduate from college then you can get a real job,” Carole recently revealed to a Tulsa news station.

Although Carrie was within one semester of graduating from Northeastern State University, the Oklahoma native convinced her mom to accompany her to the American Idol auditions. The auditions were being held in St. Louis, Missouri. “When it came her time to step up there she said, ‘I’m not gonna sing that song. I’m gonna sing a country music song,'” Carole continued. “I think (Carrie) was nervous because it was just completely out of whatever she had been used to.”

Everyone who has ever seen American Idol knows that one original judge, Simon Cowell, was especially hard to please. “You’d always wonder, ‘Ohhh what’s he gonna say about my kid tonight,'” Carol said. “I learned to dread Tuesdays and hate Wednesdays because Tuesdays were the performance nights and Wednesdays were the vote off nights.”

Luckily for Carrie everything fell into place perfectly. Underwood left the stage a champion. “It was amazing the night that (Carrie) won, absolutely amazing,” Mrs. Underwood added. “And then it was kind of like, Now what?’ They had everything laid in place to say this is what you gotta do next and this is what you gotta do next.”

Relive the second Carrie Underwood was crowned champion and the moments that followed below! After fighting back some tears of happiness, Carrie sang her track “Inside Your Heaven.”

“Inside You Heaven” Lyrics

I’ve been down
Now I”m blessed
I felt a revelation coming around
I guess its right, it’s so amazing
Every time I see you I’m alive
You’re all I’ve got
You lift me up
The sun and the moonlight
All my dreams are in your eyes

I wanna be inside your heaven
Take me to the place you cry from
Where the storm blows your way
I wanna be the earth that holds you
Every bit of air you’re breathin’ in
A soothin’ wind
I wanna be inside your heaven

When we touch, when we love
The stars light up
The wrong becomes undone
Naturally, my soul surrenders
The sun and the moonlight
All my dreams are in your eyes

And I wanna be inside your heaven
Take me to the place you cry from
Where the storm blows you away
And I wanna be the earth that holds you
Every bit of air you’re breathing in
A soothing wind
I wanna be inside your heaven

When minutes turn to days and years
If mountains fall, I’ll still be here
Holding you until the day I die
And I wanna be inside your heaven
Take me to the place you cry from
Where the storm blows you away

I wanna be inside your heaven
Take me to the place you cry from
Where the storm blows you away
I wanna be the earth that holds you
Every bit of air you’re breathing in
A soothin’ wind
I wanna be inside your heaven
Oh yes I do
I wanna be inside your heaven

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