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Top 6 Unforgettable Country ‘American Idol’ Auditions

Every winner of American Idol had to start somewhere — and by “somewhere,” we mean the audition room, where nerves are heightened, palms are sweating and one wrong note could break you.

Carrie Underwood is obviously one of the most well-known country Idol winners. After “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” she went on to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, win Grammys, sell millions of albums and be one of country’s leading ladies. But before the gleaming trophies lined her shelves, she was a curly-haired Oklahoma girl with a remarkable talent: clucking like a chicken. Oh yeah, that definitely made the video above.

Other memorable country Idol auditions? Well, there was one contestant who was asked to unbutton his shirt a little — specifically, by a female judge. And if you want to really walk down memory lane, the video goes all the way back to Kelly Clarkson‘s audition during the TV singing competition’s very first season. Do you remember how she took a seat behind the judges table even before she won the show?!

Press play on the video above to see the auditions of even more fan-favorite country Idol contestants and winners. They’ll make you laugh, cry and cringe — but we won’t judge (get it?).

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