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Friends and family describe Underwood as a polite, quiet, small-town girl who is dedicated to music.

Â’Â’HeÂ’s just so sincere and he projects that,Â’Â’ fan Donna Leoni, who was pulling for Bice, said outside the theater.

The live two-hour finale was padded by clips from throughout the season, interviews with the judges and the finalists, and concert and product plugs (the finalists received gift cars, which were featured in a big-screen video close-up).

There were also, finally, songs. A series of duets featuring the top 12 finishers and guest artists included Anthony Fedorov and Anwar Robinson performing with Kenny G; Scott Savol and Nico Smith with George Benson; and Vonzell Solomon with Billy Preston.

Although onstage performances were unaffected by it, an offstage drama also played out during the season when former contestant Corey Clark claimed he had an affair with judge Paula Abdul while competing in 2003 and that she coached him on how to do better on the show. Abdul has called the allegations Â’Â’liesÂ’Â’ and an attempt at character assassination.

In a bit of hard-edged comedy Wednesday, Â’Â’IdolÂ’Â’ fired back at ABC NewsÂ’ recent Â’Â’Primetime LiveÂ’Â’ episode detailing ClarkÂ’s claims. TV newsman Steve Edwards presented a satirical report titled Â’Â’Bad JudgmentÂ’Â’ that purported to reveal British judge Simon CowellÂ’s Â’Â’secret relationship.Â’Â’ (The punch line: It was the self-centered CowellÂ’s love affair with himself).

Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan & More Perform On ‘American Idol’ Finale: Watch

Country music was well represented on the 2019 American Idol season finale Sunday night (May 19), with show-stopping performances by Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, and more.

While 18-year-old Laine Hardy was crowned season 17’s winner, he was in good company as season four winner Underwood returned to the stage to perform her current single “Southbound.” Her energetic set had judges Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie get up from their chairs to dance along.

Following her performance, Underwood spoke with Ryan Seacrest and recalled winning American Idol in 2005. What memories does she have of that night? “Being horrified, scared, nervous, excited, all of the above,” she told Seacrest.

Bryan shared the stage with contestant Laci Kaye Booth where the pair collaborated on the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” on a smoke-filled stage after he performed his current single “Knockin’ Boots.”

Dan + Shay, Kane Brown and Jon Pardi also shared the stage with American Idol hopefuls as each played their latest single as well as shared a duet with one of the contestants. Dan + Shay kicked off their performance with “All To Myself” before Madison VanDenburg joined in on their previous chart topper, “Speechless.”

Later, American Idol winner Hardy joined Pardi on guitar for a collaboration with the singer on his previous hits “Dirt On My Boots” and “Night Shift,” while Alyssa Raghu shared the stage with Brown for “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” following his performance of “Good As You.”

Watch the country performances from the season finale of American Idol below.

Carrie Underwood received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, and Simon Cowell, who helped launch Underwood’s career on American Idol, shared why he knew she was a superstar from the very start.

“Thirty seconds ago, I was remembering that moment in 2004, St. Louis…we were having the worst American Idol season I have ever had in my life,” Cowell began in his speech. “The whole show was in what I call gray and white. It was nothing. And then, this shy lady walks in and sings, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” and the show turned into full color at that point.”

“I thought, ‘We may have found a great artist here—and we did,” Cowell continued. The former American Idol judge, who had just been a part of the America’s Got Talent finale Wednesday night, then shared when Underwood made the biggest impact on him.

Simon Cowell to Carrie Underwood: “I made a prediction that you will become the bestselling #Idol winner, which you are”

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“I think it was after you sang ‘Alone’ that I made a prediction that you would become the best-selling Idol winner, which you are,” Cowell said as the crowd in Los Angeles erupted into cheers.

A clip from American Idol shows Cowell did indeed correctly guess Underwood’s success at the 2:40 mark. In the video, below, he says, “You’re not just the girl to beat, you’re the person to beat. I will make a prediction: Not only will you win this show, you will sell more records than any other previous Idol winner.”

Since winning Season 4 of American Idol, Underwood has won seven Grammys, six Country Music Awards, and 14 Academy of Country Music Awards. Her husband, Mike Fisher, their 3-year-old son Isaiah Michael, and Underwood’s CMA co-star Brad Paisley were all present to see Underwood receive the prestigious honor. And of course, so was her baby bump!

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Carrie Underwood returned to the American Idol stage on Sunday night with a powerhouse performance of her new single, “Southbound,” for the singing competition’s season 17 finale.

The season four winner was dressed in a sexy sequined dress with two splits as she rocked the stage and had everyone, including the judges, on their feet dancing and partying along.

We’re just trying to crash the girl party ha. Great job to #AmericanIdol alumni, @carrieunderwood.

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Gettin’ #Southbound unwound w/ #AmericanIdol ✨👸✨ @carrieunderwood! #IdolFinale

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After her performance, Underwood took to Twitter to share how much fun she had returning to the show that kicked off her superstardom.

“I had so much fun back on @AmericanIdol tonight! Good luck to @scarypoolparty and @TheLaineHardy and all the contestants on whatever greatness lies ahead,” she wrote. “Thanks, Idol, for always welcoming me home! ? #AmericanIdolFinale”

I had so much fun back on @AmericanIdol tonight! Good luck to @scarypoolparty and @TheLaineHardy and all the contestants on whatever greatness lies ahead! Thanks, Idol, for always welcoming me home! 💖 #AmericanIdolFinale

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 20, 2019

“I can imagine because I WAS THERE” 😂

— katie (@Fisherwood_1212) May 20, 2019

Earlier this month, Underwood opened up to ET about her current Cry Pretty Tour 360, which she said is a family affair.

“Our first day of the Storyteller Tour, my son Isaiah walked for the first time,” she told ET exclusively behind the scenes of her new show. “Now he’s four and we’re on the Cry Pretty Tour. I just know we’re gonna have many more milestones with him and with Jacob, who is three months old.”

Headlining a 55-city tour is a lot of work, but there’s least one aspect of tour life that gets easier for this working mom.

“I don’t have a house to clean,” she shared. “I don’t have as much laundry to do. I get to work out more consistently when I’m out on the road. I can’t get up there and do what I do how I would like to do it if I’m out of shape.”

Sunday’s 3-hour Idol finale also included performances by season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert, current judge Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Do It” singer Montell Jordan and Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry among others.

Check out Carrie Underwood’s full performance below.


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Carrie Underwood made an explosive return to the American Idol stage Sunday with a performance of “Southbound” from her ongoing Cry Pretty 360 tour.

Underwood, who won Idol Season 4 in 2005, took to the stage during Sunday’s 3-hour Season 17 finale of the singing competition, during which Laine Hardy, Madison VanDenburg and Alejandro Aranda battled it out musically for America’s vote.

get a little Southbounddddd 😍 @carrieunderwood #AmericanIdol

— Bobby Bones Show (@bobbybonesshow) May 20, 2019

Seeing her back on stage was electric for longtime Idol fans:


— Abbey ︽✵︽ (@HachiTATSU) May 20, 2019

Welcome back to Idol, Carrie Underwood. #AmericanIdol

— Paul Onufrey (@onufreyonboard) May 20, 2019

YASSS CARRIE 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 #americanidol @AmericanIdol @carrieunderwood

— Bridget Miller (@ThisGirlBridget) May 20, 2019

QUEEN CARRIE #AmericanIdol

— ♡ catrina (@HighOnLovinLuke) May 20, 2019

Taking a break from her tour, Underwood made a splash performing the song she told CMT was the perfect party song for the summer.

“It’s a party song about being at the lake, having a great time, and people are drinking redneck margaritas,” Underwood told the outlet. “I’m not going to be like, ‘cutoff jeans,’ you know what I mean? There are certain lyrics that it’s like guys can get away with, and it’s easier. We had to spend a little more time writing this fun song.”

It wasn’t easy for Underwood writing a drinking song as a woman, she later recalled to her record label in an interview.

“We get in a room, and I had the title,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘This sounds like fun, I think. We can do something fun with this.’ But then you realize how tricky for some reason it is to be a woman and write kind of a drinking party boat song. It’s strange. You wouldn’t think it would be any different, but for some reason, I feel like a guy could get away with saying this line that we just threw out there, but I can’t for some reason.”


American Idol Season 18 is expected to return to ABC in January 2020.

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American Idol: Carrie Underwood performs on finale

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Fresh off a stomping performance at the ACM Awards, Carrie Underwood took the stage during the American Idol finale on Thursday and performed “Something in the Water” from her 2014 Greatest Hits album.

Underwood won the show’s fourth season and has performed in conjunction with Idol many times since her victory. Thursday’s series finale featured performances from some of the show’s most memorable names, including contestant William Hung, past winner Kelly Clarkson, and judge Jennifer Lopez.

A few months removed from the release of her excellent album Storyteller, Underwood is currently on tour.

See her performance below and see all of EW’s American Idol finale coverage here.

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How Carrie Underwood’s ‘American Idol’ Fame Almost Never Happened

Today, Carrie Underwood is a superstar who is famously the richest American Idol winner with a net worth of $85 million. Known primarily for her singing talents, Underwood has used her fame to branch out into other areas and added an athletic clothing line, nail polish, and acting to her accomplishments.

What some fans may not know, though, is that her fame almost never happened at all. Underwood was nervous to appear on American Idol and almost decided not to audition. Luckily for her, she had some encouragement at just the right time.

Find out how she overcame her jitters and took the step to audition for the show that launched her into stardom.

Carrie Underwood’s humble upbringing

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Before she was catapulted into country music superstar status, Underwood had a simple, humble upbringing. She was born in rural Oklahoma and raised on a farm. Later, she stayed close to home and went to college at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

There, even though she had dreamed of being a singer, she majored in broadcast journalism.

While it looked like Underwood was on track to have a simple life under the radar of fame and fortune, a seemingly small decision made for some big changes.

In her senior year of college, she decided to audition for Season 4 of American Idol and give her long-time dream of being a singer a chance. However, she was not fully confident about the audition. Underwood felt like she was “dreaming too big” and almost backed out.

Her mom encouraged her to follow her dream

When Underwood considered backing out of the audition, her mom was the voice of reason who pushed her to give it a chance. She told her, “I will drive you. Let’s go. Why not?”

These simple words of encouragement turned out to be one of the biggest forces in Underwood’s life, and she did make it to the stage.

Her audition was full of nervous energy and she giggled uncomfortably as she answered a revealing question from judge Simon Cowell about having her third nipple removed.

Once she started singing, though, all conversation shifted to her musical influences and her impressive voice. She secured her spot on the Season 4 lineup with a rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”

She would go on to win the entire contest that season even though she was up against some tough competition with fellow contestants like Nadia Turner and runner-up Bo Bice. She went on to release a bestselling album titled Some Hearts and become the youngest member to get inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Since then, she has consistently released new work. Her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, was released in September of 2018 and debuted at the top of the Billboard Country charts. She continues to wow fans with her live performances and award-winning album releases.

Underwood continues to be an inspiration

Underwood’s story of believing in herself and being brave enough to audition for American Idol inspired a lot of young fans, and the superstar continues to be an inspiration today. She opened up and publicly voiced her pain and struggles with infertility, including revealing that she had suffered from three miscarriages in under two years.

She also gives advice to parents to live in the moment and enjoy the experiences around them because they never know what the future will bring.

Today, fans are charmed by Underwood’s likability and passionate energy, and it’s amazing to think that it all might never have happened without her mother giving her those simple encouraging words of “why not?”

Today, Carrie Underwood is one of the biggest stars in country music. But in 2004, the singer was just a 21-year-old from a small town with a big dream. She stepped into the spotlight, of course, on American Idol, the talent competition she ended up winning—and looking back on her first-ever audition, it was evident from the start that she would someday be a star.

It was the summer of 2004, and Carrie had trekked to St. Louis, Missouri, from her hometown, Checotah, Oklahoma, with her mom in hopes of being chosen for Season 4 of the reality show.

Prior to performing for judges Randy Travis, Simon Cowell, and Paula Abdul, a visibly nervous Carrie paced the hallway as her mother gave an interview.

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Inside the room, Randy asked Carrie if she was nervous, and she replied, “A little bit … because he’s scary,” pointing to Simon.

The future winner fielded questions about being captain and quarterback of the flag football team for her school’s Greek Week, as well as the discovery and removal of her “third nipple.”

Another version of the video on YouTube also contains clips of Carrie on her family farm—presumably where she developed her uncanny ability to cluck like a chicken, which wowed the judges (“I could’ve just clucked my way onto American Idol, couldn’t I?” she joked. “Clucked,” the men repeated, emphasis on the “Cl”).

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But it was Carrie’s incredible singing voice that really left an impression. She had selected Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” even though she listed Martina McBride as her personal idol. “Not just because she’s a good singer but because she seems like a very good person,” she reasoned. Her now famously powerful pipes soared through the somber melody.

“I think you’re very good,” Simon said, “and I was saying to someone the other day that I’m surprised we haven’t found a good country singer in this competition yet.”

Randy had only one recommendation before they sent her on to the next round: that Carrie should work on her emotion and stage presence.

As we know now, Carrie advanced all the way to the top, nailing live performances of “Alone” by Heart and “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

With a slew of awards including seven Grammys—and the release of her most personal album yet, Cry Pretty—it’s safe to say she’s more than met Randy’s challenge.

“We were having the worst American Idol season I have ever had in my life,” Simon recalled during Carrie’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction. “The whole show was in what I call gray and white. It was nothing. And then, this shy lady walks in and sings, ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me,’ and the show turned into full color at that point.”

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Carrie Underwood Shares Hilarious Throwback on 14-Year Anniversary of Her American Idol Win

Carrie Underwood is hilariously reminiscing about winning American Idol back in 2005.

Commemorating the 14th anniversary of her big win, on Saturday, the 36-year-old country star shared a throwback photo from the moment the news was announced on season 4.

“14 years ago today… my world changed,” she wrote on her Instagram Story, alongside an emotional photograph of herself standing up on the stage. Switching gears, Underwood went on to poke fun at her facial expression.

“It’s true when I say that ‘you can’t cry pretty,’” the mother of two wrote, making a reference to her hit single “Cry Pretty.”

In addition to celebrating her Idol anniversary, the mother of two recently returned to the program, delivering a show-stopping performance of her hit song “Southbound” on the show’s season finale last Sunday.

Speaking with host Ryan Seacrest, Underwood went on to share that when she thought back to her own memories of winning the competition, she thought of “being horrified, scared, nervous, excited, all of the above”

RELATED: Mike Fisher Shares Multitasking Photo of Carrie Underwood for Mother’s Day: ‘She Does It All’

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Underwood is far from the only success story after Idol. In fact, she’s become friends with fellow winner and original champion Kelly Clarkson, who soared to fame after the inaugural season in 2002.

The pair have been good friends over the years — and have also shut down rumors of a rivalry between them.

Last April, the singers shared a cute exchange on Twitter after Clarkson reacted to a ballot that asked fans to choose the “most iconic American Idol winner.”

“I think we’re both winning in life and pretty blessed! Singers, mamas, CEOs…. #AmbitiousBlondes go ahead @carrieunderwood,” The Voice coach, 37, wrote.

Whatever, girl, I voted for you! 😘

But seriously, I do wish more publications would just celebrate women’s success without pitting them against each other…
Just my thoughts…anyway…
Love ya’! Hope you’re well!

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 7, 2018

In addition to letting all of their fans know that she “voted” for Clarkson the first time around, Underwood went on to note that instead of making comparisons, she would rather spread the message of female empowerment.

“But seriously, I do wish more publications would just celebrate women’s success without pitting them against each other… Just my thoughts…anyway… Love ya! Hope you’re well!” Underwood tweeted.

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Clarkson previously talked about her friendship with Underwood in December 2016 when she revealed that people regularly confuse her with the country star.

“People come up to me all the time. Okay, we look nothing alike, we sound nothing alike, there’s nothing about us that’s similar, really, except we were both on Idol,” she said to Z100‘s Elvis Duran and The Morning Show.

“People are always like, ‘I love your song, ‘So Small,’ and I’m like, ‘Thank you. Thank you, I think you’re thinking I’m Carrie Underwood.’ It always happens!” Clarkson continued. “Then a girl that worked with her years ago said the same things happened to her. I think it’s because we’re both blonde and from American Idol.”

Underwood is currently touring the country with her Cry Pretty Tour 360.

‘American Idol’ Finale Recap: Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert Perform & We Have a Season 17 Winner

America, we have been on a journey this spring that has taken us to places of joy, darkness and absolute horror. And that winding path has led to this Sunday (May 19) night.

But enough about the Game of Thrones finale. Who’s wants to bother tuning in to that frippery, anyway, when there’s the THREE-HOUR American Idol finale to marvel at? Glue your eyes to your TV sets and laptops, kiddos, because you’ve got three standing contestants in the forms of Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. Each one, we’re informed by host Ryan Seacrest, will sing two songs before learning who is eliminated from the Top 3. Then the final two will perform one last number before a winner is crowned.

How to fill the rest of the time, though? Not even Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan can stretch their kid-gloves critiques out that long. Nay, children — as has happened in many years past, Idol is rolling out a cast of thousands to sing and dance before your very eyes. Strangely, though, not on that list of performers is last season’s winner, Maddie Poppe. More on that in a bit.


Laine Hardy, “Home” (Marc Broussard)

Mentor Bobby Bones is still hanging around the set and tells us that “Home” is a swampy rock song, which I guess makes sense as a pick for “Bayou Boy” Laine. As it turns out, Laine went back to his hometown over the past week and performed the tune with fellow Louisiana native Marc Broussard himself. Ain’t that a kick in the shorts? Back here at Idol Ground Zero, Laine whips through the tune without really giving us too much in the way of vocal fireworks. The judges at this point aren’t even offering critiques; they’re just kind of slobbering general praise into their mics.

Madison VanDenburg, “Shallow” (Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga)

Gang, I’m just gonna come out and say it: Madison really shouldn’t win. She’s 17 and still has a lot to learn about controlling her vocals and aiming the notes for the hoop as opposed to just the rim. Top 3 seems good for her. Idol champion? Not this time, doll. Anyway, “Shallow” is a big gamble for Madison. The chart-topping, award-collector of a ballad is still fresh in the entire world’s mind, so she needs to hit every note perfectly — which, she somewhat does. Just somewhat.

Alejandro Aranda, “Millennial Love” (Original)

It’s more original music from multi-talented Alejandro. Houston, we have a problem, though; this song sounds like it was hastily written over the previous commercial break. The lyrics are minimal and the melody is a snooze. Alejandro, I already gave you my allotted 10 text votes for the night. Now you’re just making me look like an ass. Katy mumbles something about never letting anyone water Alejandro’s talent down. And when Ryan asks him what “Millennial Love” is about, he answers that too many people care more about their phones than other people. These here are crazy times.


Laine Hardy, “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” (Hank Williams)

As is Idol tradition, the Top 3 are all shuttled back to their hometowns to get their glory. In Laine’s case, he visits with his family and makes a pit stop at the Governor’s mansion, where Laine Hardy Day is dedicated to him. You hear that, Hallmark? “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” is about as on-the-nose as you can get with a Laine Hardy song choice, but what do I know? I’m just a guy traveling through an American Idol world tonight. Katy announces that this whole time she’s wanted fellow judge Luke to take her fishing, but now she’d rather cast Laine’s rod into the water. Or something along those lines.

Suddenly, last season’s winner, Maddie Poppe — who we last saw a month ago on Disney Night — is on stage doing a boring rendition of “A Whole New World” with previous runner-up/boyfriend Caleb Lee Hutchinson. There was recently a bit of kerfuffle in the press over Idol’s lack of promotion for her then-upcoming album on that evening. Her appearance here on the finale almost seems like an afterthought, as, during a night full of performers, Maddie is, um, not performing. She’s just standing there awkwardly while Ryan mentions that her LP Whirlwind was released two days ago. I have a sinking feeling this is the last time we’ll ever see Poppe on this show. Life is a wicked dream-crusher.

Madison VanDenburg, “Breakaway” (Kelly Clarkson)

There’s a quick video montage of Madison jetting back to her high school in New York state, where she is properly feted. By the way, did I say Laine doing “Jambalaya” was on-the-nose? Because Madison, who’s been compared to Kelly Clarkson since her audition, is doing a Kelly Clarkson song. Again, she keeps tackling these well-known pop tunes by artists with big voices, and all it makes me want to do is hear the original. Not a good sign for tonight’s outcome. We’ve only got one more performance before someone is cut.

Alejandro Aranda, “Tonight” (Original)

Alejandro takes the Metro train from Los Angeles back to his hometown of Pomona, where he’s greeted by his niece and nephew. He’s then treated like a king at Ben Harper’s family’s music store, where Ben himself gifts Alejandro with a gorgeous silver guitar once owned by Mavis Staples. Damn. Cherish that thing dearly, buddy.

On stage at the Fox Theater in Pomona, Alejandro is brought to tears by a children’s choir singing one of his original songs to him. Flash forward to the present, where he’s now on the Idol stage, doing original tune “Tonight” on the electric organ. This is a much, much better performance for him than “iPhone Love” or whatever it was called. Katy declares, “It’s been such a pleasure to live in the same lifetime as you.”

Carrie Underwood flits across the stage to sing “Southbound,” and then is gone just as fast. I like to imagine her pulling up to the stage entrance 15 minutes prior and telling her driver, “Just keep the motor runnin’, darlin’.”

ELIMINATED FROM THE TOP 3: There can only be one winner, and it won’t be Madison. She’s given the axe via tonight’s real-time votes. That leaves us with Alejandro and Laine.

However, before we get to the crowning of a winner, there is a literal barrage of hodge podge performances. The most random include Katy Perry and Daddy Yankee doing a remix of a song called “Con Calma,” plus a duet of “Unconditionally” between Katy and Top 5 contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon.

Perhaps the biggest eyebrow-raiser is Montell Jordan belting out his 1995 party staple “This Is How We Do it” on stage (with eliminated oddball Margie Mays) while flanked by a troupe of Katy Perry lookalike dancers doing the worm across the floorboards. It’s a throwback to when we saw Katy herself wriggle her body on the floor during Jake Puliti’s otherwise unmemorable audition over two months ago.

Adam Lambert returns once more this season to belt out his funky new rock jam “New Eyes” in giant black bell bottoms. He and Top 10 contestant Dimitrius Graham then gift us with an abbreviated “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

In the blink of an eye, a flurry of all-star pair-ups zip by: Dan + Shay are joined by Madison for “Speechless”; Laci Kaye Booth covers The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” with Luke Bryan for some reason; Laine accompanies Jon Pardi on “Dirt on My Boots” and “Night Shift”; Wade gets just one chorus of “Africa” in with Weezer; and Alyssa Raghu materializes to do “Good As You” with Kane Brown.

The best pairing of all comes when sweet, sweet Shayy gives us a beautiful rendition of Platinum-selling anthem “Rise Up” with Andra Day. We need a lot more of both of these ladies in our lives, everyone.


Laine Hardy, “Bring It on Home to Me” (Sam Cooke)

Sam Cooke is an absolute R&B legend, and it’s nice to see country boy Laine switching gears and giving some props by tackling “Bring It on Home.” Especially after the video montage featuring the rest of the Top 10 constants, wherein Uché quipped that he’s likely the first black person Laine has ever met. Someone please hand Uché his own talk show or some other platform where he can bombard us with zingers regularly.

Alejandro Aranda, “Out Loud” (Original)

Back in early March, my second Idol recap of Season 17 led with the headline, “Alejandro Aranda Could Win This Season.” On that night, we saw him audition with an original song called “Out Loud,” and he completes this particular sonic journey by performing the same number with an orchestra behind him. Luke thanks Alejandro “for the experience,” while Lionel tells him, “My friend, you are instant identity.” And that, everyone, is that.

THE WINNER IS: Laine Hardy snags the title and the Hollywood Records contract, and promptly launches into his winner’s tune “Flame.” I kind of felt it in my bones that it would go this way, but I won’t be surprised if either of these guys manage to break the Idol curse of, oh, the past decade and carve out decent, Underwood- or Lambert-sized careers.

I did truly feel Alejandro could win this thing, and in a way, maybe he has. Maybe, as Lionel hinted at all season, the talented 24-year-old dishwasher will be the one to steer pop music in a new direction. Or maybe the next time we’ll see him will be during Disney Night next season, where he and Laine are stuck doing a duet cover of “Let It Go.”

Either way, that’s a wrap for this year, friends. Ryan Seacrest promises he and Idol will be back next year, same time, same channel. And likely so will we.

Carrie Marie Underwood-Fisher (born March 10, 1983 in Checotah, Oklahoma) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of season four of American Idol in 2005. Following her victory, Underwood became a country music sensation, winning seven Grammy Awards among many other achievements.

Early LifeEdit

Underwood was born on March 10, 1983 in Checotah, Oklahoma. Underwood is the youngest of three daughters. She began singing in church at an early age, and as she grew older her mother would drive her to talent shows and local events to perform.

A local admirer arranged for her to go to Nashville when she was 14 to audition for Capitol Records. In 1996, Capitol Records was preparing a contract for Underwood but cancelled it when company management changed. Underwood said of the event, “I honestly think it’s a lot better that nothing came out of it now, because I wouldn’t have been ready then. Everything has a way of working out.” While at Checotah High School, she was an Honor Society member, a cheerleader, and played basketball and softball. Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. She chose not to pursue singing after graduation. She said, “After high school, I pretty much gave up on the dream of singing. I had reached a point in my life where I had to be practical and prepare for my future in the ‘real world'”. She attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, graduating magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism. She spent part of one of her summers as a page for Oklahoma State Representative Bobby Frame. She also waited tables at a pizzeria, worked at a zoo, and at a veterinary clinic. Underwood is an alumna of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. For two years during the summer, she performed in Northeastern State University’s Downtown Country show in Tahlequah. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.

2004-05: American Idol Edit

In the summer of 2004, Underwood auditioned for American Idol in St. Louis, Missouri. After she sang “Could’ve Been” by Tiffany on the top 12 girls night, judge Simon Cowell commented that she would be one of the favorites to win the competition. During the top 11 finalists’ performance on the March 22, 2005, Idol episode, Underwood sang a rendition of the number one 1980s rock hit “Alone”, made famous by Heart, and Cowell predicted that Underwood would not only win the competition, but she would also outsell all previous Idol winners. One of the show’s producers later said she dominated the voting, and never landed in the bottom three. She gained a fan base known as “Carrie’s Care Bears” during the course of the show. During the final, she sang with Rascal Flatts their song “Bless the Broken Road”. On May 25, 2005, Underwood became the season four winner. Her winnings included a recording contract worth at least a million dollars, use of a private jet for a year, and a Ford Mustang convertible.

American Idol season 4 performances and results
Episode Theme Song Original artist Order Result
Auditions Contestant’s choice “I Can’t Make You Love Me” Bonnie Raitt N/A Advanced
Hollywood “Young Hearts Run Free” Candi Staton
Top 75 “Independence Day” Martina McBride
Top 24 (12 women) “Could’ve Been” Tiffany 5 Safe
Top 20 (10 women) “Piece of My Heart” Erma Franklin 9
Top 16 (8 women) “Because You Love Me” Jo Dee Messina 3
Top 12 Song of the 1960s “When Will I Be Loved” The Everly Brothers 11
Top 11 Billboard number ones “Alone” Heart 2
Top 10 1990s “Independence Day” Martina McBride 8
Top 9 Classic Broadway “Hello, Young Lovers” The King and I cast 3
Top 8 Year they were born “Love Is a Battlefield” Pat Benatar 7
Top 7 1970s dance music “MacArthur Park” Richard Harris 2
Top 6 21st Century “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” Martina McBride 1
Top 5 Leiber & Stoller “Trouble” Elvis Presley 5
Current Billboard chart “Bless the Broken Road” Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 10
Top 4 Country “Sin Wagon” Dixie Chicks 1
Gamble & Huff “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 5
Top 3 Clive Davis’ choice “Crying” Roy Orbison 3
Contestant’s choice “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” Air Supply 6
Judge’s choice (Randy Jackson) “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” Shania Twain 9
Final 2 Idol single “Inside Your Heaven” Carrie Underwood/Bo Bice 2 Winner
Contestant’s choice “Independence Day” Martina McBride 4
Producer’s choice “Angels Brought Me Here” Guy Sebastian 6


Underwood released her Idol coronation single, Inside Your Heaven, on June 14, 2005. The single debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart, making her the first country artist in history to debut at the top of that chart. Underwood released her debut album, Some Hearts, on November 18, 2005. It sold over 315,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album would eventually become the best-selling debut release from a country artist, as well as the best-selling album by an American Idol to date, selling over 8 million copies.

Underwood’s third studio album Play On followed in late 2009, winning the American Music Award for Favorite Country Album and adding to her list of number one hits with “Cowboy Casanova.” Her fourth album Blown Away was released in May 2012, and she won another Grammy with the title track, also embarking on a global tour.

In 2014 Underwood released a greatest hits compilation to give herself more time to work on her fifth album. The new single “Something in the Water” won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance and topped the Billboard charts.

She released fifth album, Storyteller, in October 2015 and embarked on another worldwide tour the following year. Underwood received her first-ever nomination in 2016 for the CMA Entertainer of the Year category. She also earned another Grammy nomination for the 2017 ceremony, for her number one hit “Church Bells.”

In 2017, Underwood parted ways with 19/Arista Nashville, after twelve years with the label. She signed with UMG’s Capitol Nashville, joining label mate Keith Urban. The pair released their collaborative single, “The Fighter.”

A few days after the CMA Awards in November 2017, Underwood sustained injuries in a fall at home that resulted in a broken wrist and several facial stitches. Underwood did not make any public appearances for several months following the incident. In January 2018, Underwood released “]”, a promotional duet single featuring ] for ]. Unlike any of her previous releases, “The Champion” is Underwood’s first under the pop genre. The single itself debuted at number one on The song debuted at number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100” chart, powered by its launch at number three on the Digital Song Sales chart with 61,000 downloads. Underwood met songwriter/producer David Garcia in 2017, with whom she began co-producing her new album.<ref name=”Carrie’s Letter”>{{cite web|last1=Underwood|first1=Carrie|title=Carrie’s Letter To Fans On April 8, 2018, Underwood announced via social media that she would be returning to the stage for the first time since her accident and would debut her new single “Cry Pretty” at the 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards|ACM Awards on April 15, where she received two nominations; she won the award for Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter” with Keith Urban. On April 18, Underwood announced the title of her sixth studio album, ”Cry Pretty”, which was released on September 14, 2018.April 18, 2018 On May 11, she celebrated a decade of being an Opry member; the celebration lasted over a two-day duration, and included several special guests, including Randy Travis, who had invited her into the Opry ten years prior. On May 13, Underwood returned to ”American Idol”, now rebooted on ABC, to mentor the top five of the Season 16 contestants. She performed “Cry Pretty”, in addition to “See You Again” with the remaining top five contestants. On May 8, Underwood received four nominations and one win for the 2018 CMT Music Awards. She performed at the ceremony and expanded her record as the artist with the most wins in the show’s history. She again received a nomination for Teen Choice Award for Choice Music – Country Artist Choice Country Artist and “Cry Pretty (song)” received a nomination for Choice Country Song for the Teen Choice awards, winning Choice Country Artist and expanding her record for most wins in the category On June 22, Underwood was honored with the Hero award from the Radio Disney Music Awards, in recognition of her many humanitarian efforts over the last decade. She and Ludacris performed their song “The Champion” together at the awards ceremony. On August 2, the Country Music Association announced Brad Paisley and Underwood would be returning to host the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 14, 2018. The same month, Underwood announced she would kick off the Cry Pretty Tour 360 in May 2019. Underwood performed “Spinning Bottles”, a song from the ”Cry Pretty” album, at the 46th annual American Music Awards on Oct. 9, also winning one award for Favorite Female Country Artist. ”Cry Pretty” debuted at number one in over 20 countries and number one on the ”Billboard” 200, setting several records upon arrival: Underwood is the first woman to hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart with four country albums: ”Cry Pretty”, ”Blown Away” (2012), ”Play On” (2009) and ”Carnival Ride” (2007). Cry Pretty’s debut frame of 266,000 units is the biggest week for any album by a woman in 2018, surpassing Cardi B’s ”Invasion of Privacy (album)|Invasion of Privacy ”, and is also 2018’s biggest sales week for a woman and a country album. It also had the biggest week for a country album in more than three years and the largest sales week for a country album by a female artist since January 2013.

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Personal LifeEdit

Carrie and her husband, Mike Fisher

Underwood has been married to Mike Fisher, who plays hockey for the NHL’s Nashville Predators, since July 10, 2010. They have two sons, Isaiah(born February 27, 2015) and Jacob (born January 21, 2019).



  1. Some Hearts (2005)
  2. Carnival Ride (2007)
  3. Play On (2009)
  4. Blown Away (2012)
  5. Storyteller (2015)
  6. Cry Pretty (2018)

Compilation albums Edit

1.Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (2014)


Season 4


Carrie Underwood · Bo Bice · Vonzell Solomon · Anthony Fedorov · Scott Savol · Constantine Maroulis · Anwar Robinson · Nadia Turner · Nikko Smith · Jessica Sierra · Mikalah Gordon · Lindsey Cardinale