Needless to say, it was a wise decision. Underwood’s sweet voice and likable persona took her all the way to the final of the popular talent show, ultimately edging out Bo Bice to become the fourth winner in the program’s history. In the ensuing years, Underwood would go on to overcome the American Idol jinx, which had seen winners fail to live up to the hype after the show ended.
There were no such fears when Underwood dropped her debut album in 2005, entitled Some Hearts. In one fell swoop, she proved that she could replicate her TV success in the studio – culminating in a record that has since been certified platinum multiple times.
But that was just a taste of things to come. The music industry really began paying attention to the feisty vocalist when she released the 2006 single “Before He Cheats.” It saw Underwood gain recognition from the business, landing her two prestigious Grammy Awards for her efforts.