She’s one of, if not the, most famous winners of the mega-hit TV show American Idol. Carrie Underwood is a giant in the music industry, but she did not always believe she would make it. In fact, when the superstar auditioned for Season 4 of Idol, she planned on being sent home and going back to college at Northeastern State University. The Oklahoma native had hoped to make it on the show, but felt like she would be eventually eliminated. She had no plans for actually winning.
Underwood confessed recently while being interviewed at the Country Radio Seminar, “To be 1000 percent honest, I’m from the tiniest town in the world.” She continued in the interview saying, “I’d never been on a plane before. I like to sing, but lots of people like to sing. I wanted to grow up to be a famous singer, but a lot of people do. I think what I honestly thought would happen was, I would go there, and the door would shut, and I could move on with the rest of my life saying, ‘Well, I tried.'”
The country star also shared how she got to American Idol saying that it was basically a fluke and a “God moment.” “I had no idea how to get here, and it was just one of those God moments where everything just lined up an instant.” She continued: “I learned a ton on the show and was blessed enough to work with so many incredible people. Even after the show was over, it would just kind of be people being placed in my life, that I still work with, who are just absolutely amazing.”
Underwood did not underplay her pathway to superstardom. She maintained that although the launch of her career was different than most, she has had to work just as hard, if not harder, as everyone else. “I feel like my path to the music industry started the way a lot of other people’s do,” Underswood stated. “It just wasn’t seen. I grew up always wanting to sing and would sing anywhere. I’d take any opportunities. We had a band when I was a teenager, and we would go play bars in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and do car shows, fairs, and county fairs. I did the company Christmas parties and stuff like that, too. So, it was just trying to get experience and doing what I loved, and I just always wanted to sing.”
Carrie Underwood closed the interview by shedding some light on the actual decision that brought her to Idol. “But, of course, my path took a major turn when I decided to try out for American Idol,” she continued. “I think at that point I was at a time in my life where it was like, ‘Grow up’ … I had to make some kind of decision, and I was about to graduate from university, and it was time to grow up, get a job, right?”
She got herself a job, and it looks like she’s going to have it for a long, long time.