This has been one incredible ride, ... It's so good to be home.
I was hoping for new female vocalist and that's all I was really hanging my hopes on. This is a monumental moment for me, a milestone in my life and my career.
Inside Your Heaven.
OKLAHOMA CITY - American Idol ... Checotah, Home of Carrie Underwood, American Idol 2005.
We don't have milk cows. People have so many stereotypes of people from where I come from-Oklahoma. We don't ride around in covered wagons, either.
This is the best night of my life. And it's going to get better.
There's not ever much of anything going on in my head.
There's a lot of things that are said on the American Idol message board. I quit reading them because most of the people are very mean.
There are a few people I've expressed interest in working with. It's amazing to me that all these big names want to work with me.
So many people always try to help me carry my luggage and help me do things I can do myself. If I can do it myself, I'm going to do it myself. I'm not going to let other people do it for me, and I think that's a big part of where I came from. I'm not a real prissy girl.
Right afterwards there was a whole, whole lot of press to do, so the week after, all day, every day, was press so I didn't really get a chance to celebrate.
My very first magazine cover was the National Enquirer.
It's been pretty crazy. I've been in L.A. or New York or Nashville or all over the place. I got to go home for about a total of a week.
I've heard all kinds of crazy rumors about myself. I've even heard that I'm pregnant I've become real good about laughing things off-I figure I'd better get used to it.
I'm not worried. I'm just so grateful to be in the position that I'm in. I'm just going with the flow right now, and I think my album will come together quite nicely because I think everybody is on the same page.
I want people to think of me as a nice person. I really am so blessed. All of this has been a great experience and I thank the American public so much for putting me in this position. I appreciate every second of it.
I want my permanent address to be in Oklahoma. Someday, when I get married and I have kids, that's where I want to raise my kids.
I got to meet some of the best people I've ever met, and we all grew as people and as entertainers.
I can't believe this is happening to me. The weirdest thing is it was just a dream, and now it's actually real. It's hard to believe sometimes.
As far as talent goes, we had pretty much everything, and I think that's why this year was so successful.
American Idol transcends age, gender, ethnicity, everything.
Everybody knows what's going on. Even if they don't watch it they know what's happening.
Throw caution to the wind and just do it.
Everything's completely different, and it's been hard. Fortunately, I have a lot of wonderful people around me, and I think I'm handling things pretty well.
At first, it was hard to sit down and read the things that people were saying. A lot of people would've worked their way up to this position and would've gotten a thick skin over a few years' time. For me, though, all this happened in a few months.