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Carrie Underwood: What I've Learned

Carrie Underwood: What I've Learned

Since stepping into the spotlight on season four of American Idol, Carrie Underwood has grown up a lot and learned some tough lessons – and now she’s telling Esquire what she’s learned!

Here’s what the 26-year-old singer had to share:

On being scared to leave home: “I was so nervous when I was on my way to L.A. I’d never been on a plane, and I was going alone. I kind of got teary-eyed. My dad was driving, and he said, “If you want to go home, we can go home, and you never have to think about this again.” And I thought, If I don’t go, I’m choosing for this not to happen. It will be my choice. So I figured it would be easier for me to get kicked off American Idol than to have it be my own decision.”

On releasing “Jesus, Take the Wheel”: “[P]eople started saying, Oh, it’s kind of risky. You’re coming out with a religious song. And I was thinking, Really? I grew up in Oklahoma, I always had a close relationship with God. I never thought it was risky in the least. If anything, I thought it was the safest thing I could do.”

On whether “Cowboy Casanova” is about the Dallas Cowboys quarterback: “No. I would never immortalize a guy that did me wrong. I would never give him that much credit.”

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  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    ..`somebody should have told her that her face and body are two different colors. ahahahahahahaha.. and.. that taylor swift owns her. ahahahahaha..

  • michelle

    nobody likes taylor swift except teeny boopers. she cant sing and her songs stink.

  • LuckyL


  • LuckyL

    ‘Cept I would say “most of the people that like her” are of a crowd who are emotionally unstable and who’s tastes change as often as their hair colors.

  • flutters

    Great interview from Carrie, I enjoyed reading her answers. Thanks for posting it Jared!

  • drew

    nobody likes @michelle bacause she is a teeny booper. she stuffs her own holes.

  • Amanda

    @I n F a m o u s l y C o o l: Somebody should have told you that the light from the camera does that to a person.

  • bebe

    JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL is one of my favorite song in the whole WORLD

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    @Amanda: ahahahaha.. wait! the light, from the camera.. turned her face a different color than her body?!? so.. it has nothing at all to do with the pound of makeup she has on her face..? ahahahahaha… thanks for the info.
    @bebe: `my favorite song is ‘Jesus Stole My Vespa’. ahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahaha

  • W E B E R from Brazil

    she’s my 2nd favorite country singer [my #1 of course is Taylor Swift)
    so cute…
    Jesus Take the Wheel make me feel so emotional, love this song
    ♪♫ jesus take the wheeeeeell, take it from my hands, cause I can’t this all my own (…)♪♫
    Luv Carrie, she’s so sweet
    J’Adore ♥

  • alice

    too much makeup!!!

  • Miss Anonymous

    @I n F a m o u s l y C o o l:

    Shut up. Can Jared ban this troll?

  • Baby

    I love her

  • LadyB

    Who is she trying to lie to? Look at the lyrics and the title of the song? Oh, the word cowboy just popped up in her head.

    Oh please, the song is definitely about him.

  • lillian

    Carrie is a class act and in a league of her own as far as singing goes. Taylor Swift could never own her. She needs to learn how to sing first. Her performance opener at the CMA’s was painful to watch. She struggled with every note. To Carrie those notes are effortless. Unfortunately, Taylor is getting recognition for selling to teeny boppers. Would I buy her CD. Hell no

  • ivanka

    @I n F a m o u s l y C o o l: jesus stole my vespa LMAO

  • Marge Sampsons

    luv her!

  • Stone

    That a girl!

  • weber from Brazil

    @lillian: There’s no comparison between Taylor and Carrie…
    Carrie sings sooo much better, effortless for sure…
    But Taylor has a sweet voice, I love her songs… and I feel touched inside me by her songs…
    by the way, Carrie has a inconditional talent… Taylor too… so they both are excellent country singers…

  • Billie

    CARRIE ROCKS! What a classy, wholesome girl.
    LadyB: You’re an idiot! She a country singer…hence the word “Cowboy”. Get a life.
    As for her makeup…..that’s Hollywood people! Red carpet people!!Thing is…Carrie doesn’t even need it, she just a beautiful without it!

  • amanda

    I LOVE her new record!!

  • lakers fan in boston

    she’s kinda annoying, i just think she’s pretty fake
    cute but she seems like she’s 2 religious
    and i find really religious ppl are annoying in general

  • jackkkkk

    she looks lovely

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  • Kriss

    damn! she is gorgeous!