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Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10th, 1983) was a contestant on Season 4 of American Idol.

Audition[]

Carrie auditioned in St. Louis. She sang "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Carrie was shown in the first televised Group of Ten singing "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton she wa shown in the same group of 10 as Jaclyn Crum, Sarah Mather and Tamesha Foote. The judges told her that she did enough to advance. She was shown in the group round with Lakeisha Taylor and Vonzell Solomon she did enough to advance. On the final day of Hollywood Week, she was shown singing "Independence Day" by Martina McBride. She did enough to progress, along with Jamar Jefferson, Mario Vazquez, Matthew Kester, Constantine Maroulis, Judd Harris, David Brown, Anwar Robinson, Janay Castine and Vonzell Solomon. During the judges' final deliberation, it was revealed that she did enough to land a spot in the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Carrie sang "Could've Been" by Tiffany. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 20[]

Carrie sang "Piece of My Heart" by Erma Franklin. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 16[]

Carrie sang "Because You Love Me" by Jo Dee Messina. She received enough votes to make the Top 12.

Top 12[]

Carrie sang "When I Will Be Loved" by The Everly Brothers. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 11[]

Carrie sang "Alone" by Heart. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 10[]

Carrie sang "Independence Day" by Martina McBride. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 9[]

Carrie sang "Hello, Young Lovers" by Gertrude Lawrence from The King and I. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 8[]

Carrie sang "Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 7[]

Carrie sang "MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 6[]

Carrie sang "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues" by Martina McBride. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 5[]

Carrie sang "Trouble" by Elvis Presley and "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 4[]

Carrie sang "Sin Wagon" by Dixie Chicks and "If You Don't Know Me by Now" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 3[]

Carrie sang "Crying" by Roy Orbison, "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" by Air Supply and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" by Shania Twain (as chosen by Randy Jackson). She received enough votes to advance to the Finale.

Season 4 Finale[]

Carrie sang "Inside Your Heaven", "Independence Day" by Martina McBride and "Angels Brought Me Here" by Guy Sebastian.

After the Show[]

After her Top 11 performance, Simon Cowell made a prediction that not only would she win but that she would outsell any past Idol alum. This prediction came true. Carrie became a country music superstar. Her debut album Some Hearts became the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history and the best-selling country album of the last 14 years. She also won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. Her second album Carnival Ride earned Underwood two more Grammys, her third album Play On was a commercial success, her fourth album Blown Away earned her another Grammy and was 2012's second best-selling release by a female artist. Her fifth album Storyteller made her the only country artist to have her first five albums reach either No. 1 or 2 on the Billboard 200. Underwood sold more than 65 million records worldwide, and has in total 7 Grammys, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 14 ACM Awards, 12 American Music Awards, 8 CMA Awards and a Guinness World Record.

Season 4
Finalists
Carrie Underwood  · Bo Bice  · Vonzell Solomon  · Anthony Fedorov  · Scott Savol  · Constantine Maroulis  · Anwar Robinson  · Nadia Turner  · Nikko Smith  · Jessica Sierra  · Mikalah Gordon  · Lindsey Cardinale
Semifinalists
Mario Vazquez  · Amanda Avila  · Janay Castine  · Travis Tucker  · Joseph Murena  · David Brown  · Aloha Mischeaux  · Celena Rae  · Judd Harris  · Sarah Mather  · Jared Yates  · Melinda Lira
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