May 05, 2012 12:00 PM by Shayla Perry
She’s toured the world, won tons of awards for her music and consistently tops the charts, but for country superstar Carrie Underwood, coming back to her old stomping grounds on FOX‘s American Idol still “strikes fear” in her heart.
“It’s always horrifying to come back, I’m not going to lie!” Carrie told Yahoo! backstage at the Idol results show.
“I perform all over the place, on television shows and in front of tens of thousands of people, but coming back here still strikes fear in my heart!,” she continued. “I get so nervous! I guess it’s just one of those Pavlov’s-theory things; it just represents a scary time in my life.”
And though the scary times are definitely over in the chart-topper’s career, Underwood admits that elimination nights still make her squirm.
“Before the show tonight, I got to meet all of the remaining Idols and talk to them, and Phillip [Phillips] was like, ‘You can come sit on the couch with us if you want to.’ And I was like, ‘No, no, my time on the couch is done!,’” said Carrie. “‘I don’t want to me on that couch anymore. I’m good!’”
Ironically, the Idol that was sent home that night was the competition’s country singer, Skylar Laine. When asked if she had any words of wisdom to share with the aspiring artist, Underwood said, “She doesn’t need my advice! She’s already light-years ahead of where I was when I was on Idol. I think she’ll be welcomed into country music with open arms.”
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