Country music superstar Carrie Underwood‘s American Idol experience began when she convinced her parents to drive her from Checotah, Oklahoma to St. Louis, Missouri for the Season 4 audition. Watch Carrie’s debut in front of Simon and Randy below! Yes, her mother Carole also makes an appearance…
Carrie Underwood’s American Idol Audition
“I just clucked my way into American Idol, didn’t I?” Carrie quipped after covering Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and showing off her other vocal abilities.
Obviously, Simon and Randy approved of Carrie and sent her on her way to Hollywood. (Yes, she got to fly on a plane for the first time.) We all know what happened at the end of the season— Carrie was declared the winner of the reality television singing competition over Bo Bice on May 25, 2005. She walked away with a recording contract worth at least a million dollars, use of a private jet for a year, and a Ford Mustang convertible.
Carrie Underwood’s American Idol Win
So, what would have happened if Carrie Underwood’s American Idol dreams were dashed? Well, she had other plans in place.
While on the show, she was able to count her time competing as a college internship. Carrie was attending Northeastern State University in Oklahoma at the time and studying Mass Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. She even considered becoming a television news anchor if her musical aspirations didn’t pan out.
After claiming her big American Idol win, Carrie didn’t forget about completing her education while working to launch her career. In 2006, she graduated Magna Cum Laude!
Fast forward to 2019 and Carrie Underwood is now one of the biggest stars in country music. She has sold over 70 million records worldwide and is the female artist with the most number-one singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. The singer-songwriter has won seven Grammy Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 14 ACM Awards, and nine CMA Awards.