It's really not every day that you get to see a superstar being made.
I'm an Alabama girl, so naturally, we've always rooted for the hometown contestant. We've been lucky enough to have three American Idols from Alabama - Bo Bice, Taylor Hicks, and Ruben Studdard - make it to the Top 10. Bo Bice made a great run, but was ultimately edged out by this little singer from Oklahoma - I'm sure you haven't heard of her since - Carrie Underwood.
I just remember the overwhelming sense of pride we had when "our contestants" won. It's well-noted that Alabama folks get a little competitive about, oh well...everything. But this was more than a competitive streak - this was such pride knowing that one of our guys was representing something that has become so very American. It feels like American Idol is more than a singing competition now - it's an absolute institution in this country.
With its help, talented singers from the show have sold over 60 million records and garnered more than 250 million music downloads. It has helped over 70 singers make it on to the Billboard charts...not to mention the countless awards its singers have won. It is truly the gold standard for television singing competitions!
You can catch American Idol on Wednesdays and Thursdays 8/7C on FOX!
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