It’s hard to imagine a time when Carrie Underwood was not famous or a seven-time Grammy winner, but there was a time when no one knew who she was. Carrie was just an Oklahoma girl with a love for singing and a lot of musical talent. She had done extremely well in school and attended college. At one point, she was offered a recording contract in Nashville, but she was young and things did not work. By the time she was 21, she auditioned for American Idol, and it was more of a curiosity than Carrie chasing her dreams. She wanted to see if she could get there – while not really believing that she would. She never imagined that she would win.
In the summer of 2004, Carrie Underwood auditioned for season 4 of American Idol. The auditions were held in Missouri and she sang “I can’t make you love” by Bonnie Raitt.
Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson loved Carrie from the start. You can see Carrie’s audition tape below.
Given that Carrie almost landed a contract with Capitol Records at 14, it looks like she would have had the confidence to get into American Idol with the attitude that she would at least be in Hollywood. Carrie Underwood Never Thought She Would Win American Idol
Carrie Underwood spoke at a question and answer session at Nashvilles, 2020 Country Radio Seminar and spoke about her experience with American Idol and how she did not think she would win. Carrie said the following.
“I would say that not an ounce of me thought I would win. I come from the smallest city in the world. I had never been on a plane before. I like to sing, but many people like to sing. I wanted to be a famous country music singer, but a lot of people do. Honestly, what I thought would happen, I would go there, and the door would close, and I could continue the rest of my life