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It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a decade since Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner on season four of FOX’s “American Idol.”

Yet the country music superstar just keeps on climbing the ladder with her extraordinary vocal talent, charming personality and incredible sense of humor.

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Fans may recall that Carrie sang “Inside Your Heaven” during the “Idol” finale when she won the show back in 2005. At the time, she was full of so much excitement that she almost burst into happy tears.


As you can see in this video, a fresh-faced Carrie stuns in a floor-length gown fit for a goddess. She belts out the inspirational song with her powerful pipes. But, it’s at the 1:50 mark when fans witness Carrie so moved by the moment that’s about to change her life that she can hardly finish the lyric. It’s a split second that proves to us exactly why the she won America’s hearts.

“Inside Your Heaven,” which was also performed by the season’s “Idol” runner-up Bo Bice, landed on Carrie’s freshman album, “Some Hearts.” It also gave Carrie a history-making moment when it debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Hit 100 chart.

Now, looking back at the show that made her famous, Carrie is still so, so grateful. She even compared her crowning moment as being that of a “Cinderella” story.

“I grew up in an Oklahoma town of 3,500 people. I’d never been on a plane before and was flying to L.A. by myself! I thought I had no chance of winning,” Carrie tells the “San Diego Union Tribune.” “I still don’t know why, but people — for some reason — voted for me, and it’s been crazy. It was like, in one day, my life completely changed.”

And, Carrie may just get to experience another life-changing moment when the 50th Annual CMA Awards roll around. The “Dirty Laundry” singer is up for four CMA Awards — one of which includes the coveted CMA entertainer of the year. In addition to that, Carrie will be hosting the show for the ninth consecutive year with fellow country singer Brad Paisley.

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“We want things to go really smoothly. And, hopefully, we’ll be able to run through our script many, many times and feel comfortable,” explained Carrie. “We have a lot of fun and a lot of meetings to prepare for everything. We crack each other up and stress each other out, and everything in between, because a lot of time goes into planning.”

You can catch the 50th Annual CMA Awards when they broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC.

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