Carrie Underwood to return to 'American Idol'
It's been 13 years since Carrie Underwood is back on the American Idol stage.
The country superstar, who won the fourth season of the reality singing competition, went on to win seven Grammys, 17 CMT Awards and is, as Ryan Seacrest said during Sunday's episode, "the most successful" Idol winner ever. "Cry Pretty," will serve as a superstar guest mentor on "American Idol" in an episode that will air 7 p.m. Underwood launched her multi-platinum selling career following her win on "American Idol" in 2005.
The show's top five contestants –
Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard - received mentoring sessions from Underwood during a surprise trip to Nashville. Sunday each contestant will perform one of her songs during 'Idol's' live telecast.Carrie Underwood will release Cry Pretty, her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville on September 14.