The seven-time Grammy winner, 37, appeared on the 2005 season of the hit singing competition. She would ultimately go on to win, propelling her career to the immense heights she enjoys today. However, she revealed in a guest post she penned for Guideposts magazine that she almost gave into fear and skipped the trip to Hollywood.
“The summer before my senior year, I was home one day, watching TV—the one in the living room—and saw a news segment about people auditioning for the show ‘American Idol,’” she explained. “I checked online. The closest auditions were being held in St. Louis.”
Underwood believed that the roughly six-hour drive to St. Louis was “too far” and therefore her dream to audition was “out of the question.” However, when her mom agreed to take her, she opted to give singing professionally on the show a shot.
“It would be easy to say the rest is history, that it was meant to be. But it didn’t feel like that at the time. Going through a slew of auditions in St. Louis, getting the ‘golden ticket’ to Hollywood, every contestant’s dream, I was terrified,” the star explained. “Every time I had to sing in front of the judges, I’d get nervous the way I did in church that first time. Then I’d say a prayer and leave it in God’s hands.”
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