Thankfully, Mama Underwood saved the day.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
July 11, 2019

By now, Carrie Underwood is a household name. Sometimes, it's hard to remember the country super star first broke it big by winning American Idol in 2005. Vague memories of gathering around the TV starting to surface? Us too.

Recently, the Muskogee, Oklahoma native opened up on BBC's Steve Wright in the Afternoon. As originally reported, were it not for Underwood's mama motivating her to audition for American Idol, she may not be the musical sensation that she is.

"I always wanted to be a country music singer, and I had seen Idol. But I'm not that kind of person, to be honest. I don't just go do stuff like that. That was dreaming too big. It was like the stars just lined up in the right way," Underwood told Wright. "And my mom was a big supporter when I was kinda trying to talk myself out of it, like 'No It's stupid. There's no way that I... What are the chances?' She was like,'I will drive you. Let's go. Why not?'" (To fast-forward and listen to this part of the show, go to the one-hour and thirty-seven minutes mark.)

Well, Mrs. Carole Underwood, we're sure glad you pushed your incredible daughter to reach beyond her comfort zone and try out for the show. Always listen to Mama.

Antsy to see Carrie Underwood live? This summer and fall, catch her on The Cry Pretty Tour 360 at various venues around the country.