Simon Cowell Says He Knew Carrie Underwood Would Become the Best-Selling “Idol” Winner

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On Thursday, September 20, Carrie Underwood was honored with her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her husband, son, family, and loved ones were by her side as she received the honor— and, of course, her ol’ pal Simon Cowell.

Simon launched Carrie’s singing career after she, a small-town girl from Oklahoma, won “American Idol” in 2004, making her a household name ever since. As Carrie received her star, Simon gave a touching speech, saying he always knew Carrie would be a star.

“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. 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.”

In fact, he says he predicted she’d be the best-selling winner to come out of the show. “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.”

That Simon— a big softie at his core, especially when it comes to Carrie!