Simon CowellHas just compared a contestant to America’s Got Talent to one of the most successful artists he’s ever come across on a talent show: Carrie Underwood. Let’s learn whom the legendary and notoriously picky judge was talking about.
A Carrie Underwood Refresher
Think back to 2005. The Boston Red Sox still enjoyed the thrill of their historic World Series win in 2005. American IdolThe NFL was less popular than the talent competition. The talent competition was a huge success, with Clay Aiken and Jennifer Hudson already being household names. It was a legitimate star-making vehicle the likes of which we haven’t seen before or since.
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Underwood was 21 when auditioned for the fourth season in St. Louis. She was able to stand out and win the competition. When it was down to the top 11, Underwood sang a cover of Heart’s hit Alles by itself. Following her performance, Cowell lavished praise on her.
“You’re not just the girl to beat, you’re the person to beat. I will make a prediction: Not only will you win this show, you will sell more records than any other previous Idol winner.”Underwood was shocked when Ryan Seacrest asked her to pinch her. Cowell was right. Underwood has sold about a million more recordsMore than any other Idol contestant.
History Repeats Itself
Cowell is well-known for his famous departure American IdolIn 2010, to become a judge The X Factor. It was also a big hit, so he began working on it. America’s Got Talent2015 Season 17 is in progress, and Avery Dixon, a saxophone player is making a name for herself. Atlanta’s 21-year-old Dixon was the same age as Underwood when she won. A standing ovation was earnedHis cover of “Higher Ground”Stevie Wonder. He was also awarded the first Golden Buzzer in the season during his audition. This guaranteed him a place at the live finals.
Cowell received the greatest praise, not for the buzzer. Cowell praised Underwood to help predict the success of Dixon. “I’m going to predict something. I said this about Carrie Underwood years and years and years ago on another show, which is…you’re going to be a superstar.”
Big Shoes To Fill
It doesn’t get more successful than Underwood, so this is the steepest praise Cowell could offer. Dixon is the most successful contestant of all time, even if she achieves half of the feats Underwood has accomplished. America’s Got Talent. If he’s going to follow her path, first he has to win the whole show. We’ll find out in September what America has to say.