American Idol season 17 was wrapped up on Sunday night, and Carrie Underwood was there to grace the stage with her ecstatic presence and superb performance.
Carrie is an American Idol alumnus, she emerged winner in the competition's fourth season, 14 years ago. Carrie who is currently on "Cry Pretty Tour 360," after her recent album, "Cry Pretty," took a break to perform "Southband," a single from the album on the competition's stage, Sunday night.
"Southband," as Carrie explains, is a party song that talks about having fun and getting drunk by the river. She further stated that there was a hitch while recording the song as she was extra careful about the lyrics which talks about a woman having fun while taking alcohol, a sensitive issue that a man could easily get away with but a woman might not.
The singer wore a cute double knee split sequin dress and pulled a fantastic show that got the judges dancing along. It was an electrifying atmosphere.
Underwood at the beginning of the tour told ET that the "Cry Pretty" tour was a family thing and she attaches sentimental value to it as she is hopeful that her sons, Isaiah and Jacob, grow, learn and have fun while she's on the road with them.
The singer further stated that she has more time to herself and can concentrate better on her body fitness while on tour as there are less domestic chores to do.
Later on Sunday night, Laine Hardy was named this season's "American Idol" winner, triumphing over Alejandro Aranda and Madison Van Denburg.
The competition's season finale lasted three hours and featured performances from the season's top 10 contestants, Adam Lambert, Luke Bryan, Montell Jordan, Daddy Yankee, and Katy Perry, all of who gave incredible shows.
Carrie took to her Twitter to appreciate the competition's producers and wished the winners and runner-ups luck in the future.
Carrie Underwood was not always the big star that we know her to be now, and "American Idol" was the kickstart of her fantastic career. When Carrie came to the show in 2004, she was a 21 year old from Checotah, a small country town in Oklahoma. She got to St Louis, Missouri, where the competition's audition took place, with her mother.
The judges of the audition were Randy Travis, Simon Cowell, and Paula Abdul. Carrie was a bit nervous, but she was beautiful that she left an impressionable country performance and went on to win the season's competition.
Simon, who Carrie said was scary in a playful approach during the audition later spoke about the performance during her induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"The whole show was in what I call gray and white. It was nothing, and then this shy lady walks in and sings, 'I can't make you love me,' and the show turned into full color at that point."
Carrie Underwood is one of American Idol's most successful alumni. She has seven Grammys, four ACM awards, and nine CMA awards to her name.