It’s a great year for Carrie Underwood, whose new album Blown Away has been Number One on the charts four weeks in a row so far. The American Idol winner and country superstar called into Tanner in the Morning with The New 103.7/Charlotte to chat about her success and the possibility of being an American Idol judge; she even spills an embarrassing story about husband Mike Fisher.
Though she hasn’t celebrated her number one just yet, she does remember the artist that knocked her debut album out of the top spot. “My very first album, Madonna of all people put out an album and kept me from having my first album be Number One,” Carrie laughs, recalling the debut of her 2005 album Some Hearts.
She’s come a long way since then; all of her albums after that have topped the charts and have gone multi-platinum. Though, she denied Tanner’s idea of a celebratory pizza party for all of her fans who bought the album. “That wouldn’t run me any amount [of money],” she joked sarcastically.
And it’s her carefree, joking attitude that gets the most attention while she’s on stage. Though she’s a versatile singer and able to own the stage, whether it’s a ballad or an uptempo dance song, she admits she loves being sassy on stage. “I like the sassy songs because it seems like those are the ones that people can get into.” This includes her new single “Good Girl” and other big hits like “Last Name” and “Before He Cheats.”
Switching over to a more personal subject, Carrie had no trouble opening up about her husband, Nashville Predator Mike Fisher. “He knows more music than I give him credit for. He got made fun of a little bit when he was a little bit younger because he liked the Backstreet Boys,” she laughed. But that wasn’t the end of the embarrassing admission. “[Once] there was media at practice and he didn’t know his teammates stuck Backstreet Boys stickers all over his helmet.”
Success, love, fame, music…all these things wouldn’t be nearly as possible, though, without the help of American Idol. With rumors swirling that Jennifer Lopez is quitting after this last season, Tanner asked the question everyone’s dying to know. What are the chances Carrie will take that empty judge’s seat?
“I love that show, and I love being a part of that show, and if they ever said, ‘Hey, we need you to do anything,’ I totally would. I don’t know if I would make the best judge though,” she admits meekly. “Obviously I know what it’s like to be on the show and what happens after the show, but I don’t know if I can be critical. When the judges do say something negative, people boo them. I would cry!”
So we may not see Carrie judging on the next season of American Idol, but she’s not ruling out any possibilities. What about the $15 million paycheck? “Well when you put it that way,” she laughs loudly.
Until then, fans can catch Carrie on the Blown Away fall tour coming to a city near you.
-Jodi Phillips/The New 103.7