Carrie Underwood shares a journal entry she wrote the night she won ‘American Idol’ 17 years ago today

It’s hard to believe it’s been 17 years since Carrie Underwood won American Idol.

At just 22, she won it all and beat fellow runner-up Bo Bice for top honors in 2005.

Of course, her crazy vocal range and beautiful voice are second to none, and she’s easily in the conversation for top traditional country music vocalist in the past 20 years.

The little Oklahoma town girl became a megastar even beyond country music, and she went on to have plenty of No. 1 singles on the radio, won just about every award, from Grammy’s to ACM, through the CMA Awards, has Reflection residency in Las Vegas which is currently taking place, in addition to owning her own clothing line and being the mother of two little boys.

It’s pretty amazing to look back at all she’s achieved since winning. american idoland earlier today, she shared part of the journal entry she wrote right after being announced as the winner.

If only she knew what more was to come for her and her career…watch it:

“Everything happened at the last moment. Ryan had the gold card in his hand. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that they gave us the keys to two identical red 2005 Mustang convertibles! How cool is that?!

Anyway, back to the story. Bug moment. I took one last look at the incredible crowd and let it sink in for a few seconds. Ryan said something like, ‘And your 2005 ‘American Idol’ is…’ And my heart raced and I closed my eyes.

‘CARRIE UNDERGROWTH!!!!’ The crowd went wild. I immediately started crying. It was a beautiful moment. All the other candidates were sent to kiss me.

I was crying all the time. Then I was asked to sing. I cried on ‘Inside Your Heaven’…”

She noted in the caption that she can’t believe how much time has passed since that day and thanked everyone who voted for her when she was on the show, saying she could still feel the same excitement of the night that changed her. life through his words on the pages:

“Today is the 17th anniversary of my American Idol win! Where does the time go? Please enjoy a page from the diary of a 22-year-old farmer who just passed the most amazing night!

I still feel the excitement as the pages go by! Happy birthday to me and a forever “thank you” to everyone who voted! »

Here are the images of this last moment when she was announced as the winner of season 4:

And long ago when, for her first audition, a baby-faced Carrie wowed the judges with an a cappella rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Of course, she got a golden ticket from Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, and took her first flight from Oklahoma to Los Angeles and ended up winning it all.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Her audition video is also worth watching, if you’ve never seen it before:

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