It’s been a while since Carrie Underwood won over our hearts and ears on “American Idol,” but with the reboot recently starting— her mom Carole is looking back at when it all began in an interview with KTUL.
Carrie was on season four of the hit show way back in 2005 when she had just a few months left on her degree from Northeastern State University. Carrie called up up her mom and said, “I think she had one more semester to go and she said, ‘Mama they are having American Idol tryouts in St. Louis and that’s the closest place and it’s this weekend.” So, the two drove through the night and when they got there Carrie decided to sing a country song.
“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 said.
Of course, they had a backup plan if Carrie didn’t make it, “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, you know.”
Fortunately, it worked out, though Carole remembers a few rough nights in there, “They had Simon Cowell who you know was meant to be an abrasive person to tell you just how it is, and that was good and that was a good thing, but you always wonder, ‘Ohhh what’s he gonna say about my kid tonight.I learned to dread Tuesdays and hate Wednesdays because Tuesdays were the performance nights and Wednesdays were the vote off nights.”
We all know what happened next and now, Carrie is one of most prolific country music singers in history.
“It was amazing the night that [Carrie] won, absolutely amazing and you know, then it was kind of like now what. Now what do we do, but it was a well-oiled machine by that time. They had everything laid in place to say this is what you gotta do next and this is what you gotta do next.”http://ktul.com/embed/news/local/carrie-underwoods-mom-talks-about-the-american-idol-experience