Reality competition shows have become common place with U.S. audiences since “American Idol” debuted in 2002. Over the past 16 years, we have gotten to see fledgling singers become stars with sustainable careers in country music.
More and more artists are being discovered in unconventional ways, which have now become the norm. From Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreery to Miranda Lambert and Chris Young, these names may not have crossed our lips if it weren’t for reality shows. Imagine that.
We take a look at 10 country artists who got their start on reality competition shows.
1. Carrie Underwood
Carrie made her debut on Season 4 of “American Idol.” The Oklahoma native made it through round after round singing songs like Tiffany’s “Could’ve Been” and Heart’s “Alone.” The latter performance leading judge Simon Cowell to say, “I will make a prediction, not only will you win this show you will sell more records than any other previous idol winner.” And she did.