Carrie Underwood Won American Idol 10 Years Ago! Here’s a Look Back at Her Best Idol Performances

Just over 10 years ago, Carrie Underwood was simply a 22-year-old college student from Checotah, Oklahoma. But that all changed in May 2005, when Underwood became the fourth winner of American Idol—a win that would propel her to superstardom over the next decade. While her style may have changed during the 10 years since, one thing that remains the same (then and now) is her ultra-talented voice. Here’s a look back at her Idol beginnings.

It all started with an audition…

Scrunched hair, lace tanks, washed flare jeans, and a belting rendition of “I Can’t Make You Love Me”—talk about a can’t-lose combination.

And then, she started wowing us with her take on iconic rock classics.

Like Janis Joplin’s “Piece of my Heart” (in a denim jumpsuit, no less).

And epic ’80s hits.

We can’t decide what’s more awesome, her blowout or her rendition of Heart’s “Alone.”

But it was her country performances that became her trademark.

Carrie Underwood + Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” = chills on chills.

And she wasn’t afraid to boldly take on the country greats.

As evidenced by her killer rendition of Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.”

But it was her finale performance—and first single—that was the most unforgettable.

Before “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats,” there was “Inside Your Heaven.”(Also, who remembers Bo Bice??)

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