From ‘American Idol’ to Walk of Fame, Carrie Underwood Reflects on Her Career

“I never thought in a million years that I would have the opportunity to even attend the CMAs or Grammys, or go visit the Walk of Fame, let alone participate in any of that,” says Carrie Underwood, who didn’t spend much of her Oklahoma upbringing even daring to dream. “Where I was from, and in my life, that just wasn’t something that was achievable. My first time on an airplane was coming out to Los Angeles when I was 21 to go to the Hollywood round of ‘American Idol.’ They were nice enough to take us to some of the touristy places, and I got to see some of the stars on Hollywood Boulevard and take pictures with them. I was like, ‘Man, as soon as they kick me off, at least I’ve been to L.A.’”

And when her “Idol” tour group did get to the Walk of Fame, there was one star in particular she trekked to. “I’m pretty sure I have a picture of myself with LeVar Burton’s star. I was pretty excited when I ran across that. I was like, ‘Sweet!’ I’m a bit of a Trekkie.”

Selfies probably won’t factor into her next Hollywood Walk of Fame photo-op. On Sept. 20, Underwood will receive her own sidewalk star in a ceremony to be co-emceed by two guys she’s shared a lot of TV time with, ex-“Idol” judge Simon Cowell and fellow country music favorite Brad Paisley. Knowing the irascible personas of these two, there will probably be some merciless teasing as well as feting going on, even if they won’t quite be walking all over her, the way thousands of future visitors to the sidewalk outside the Capitol Records tower at 1750 N. Vine St. will.


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