Carrie Underwood found herself defending the reality show that started it all for her at the Billboard Summit this week. Underwood, during a question and answer segment in Nashville this week as part of CMA Fest, explains how she never would have been discovered if it wasn’t for American Idol. Her statement was in response to a critique by Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits saying Idol is a “voting competition” and not a “singing competition.”
“I certainly disagree with that statement,” Carrie told Billboard. “I guess it’s a little bit of both, but nowadays there aren’t too many avenues of real discovery, as far as if somebody like me who lives in Oklahoma just started playing in bars around Oklahoma. There’s no way I’m going to get discovered. It just doesn’t happen like that anymore. If you know the right people or you have enough money, then you can get your way into the industry, but American Idol is for people like me. It’s for people like Scotty and Lauren who were in small towns and didn’t know how to do it, but had a love for music and a great talent and did their thing.”
Underwood also defended newest Idol winner Scotty McCreery for being called “too country.” The 16-year old winner will be in attendance tonight at the CMT awards along-side Lauren Alaina.
Fans can expect to hear a brand new studio album from Underwood sometime soon. While no release timeline has been announced, she is currently recording for her fourth album.