Paula Abdul Says She’s ‘Proud’ of ‘American Idol’ Winner Carrie Underwood
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Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul recently attended the CMA Awards, where she took a moment to gush about the success of the show’s Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood. Abdul said she feels “proud” of the country star’s accomplishments.
Paula Abdul Is ‘Proud’ of Carrie Underwood
During an interview with Access Hollywood on the CMA Awards red carpet on Wednesday, Abdul called Underwood “just a little, humongously known, magnificent super-superstar,” adding, “It makes me so proud.”
“It’s always such a proud moment for me,” Abdul said about being there since the beginning of Underwood’s music career, when she won American Idol in 2005. “I feel like a proud aunt, older sister, maybe even mom. I support the amazing talent that I got to see for all nine seasons.”
Underwood was nominated for Entertainer of the Year at Wednesday’s CMA Awards. However, she didn’t end up taking home the trophy, which went to Lainey Wilson. Underwood co-hosted the awards with Brad Paisley for many years, until 2019.
This year, current American Idol judge Luke Bryan co-hosted the show with Peyton Manning for their second year in a row.
Abdul Is Currently Writing Her Memoir
Abdul also shared that she’s started writing her memoir, saying people have told her, “I can’t believe you haven’t done it yet.” She called it a “daunting process” to write about her life, as she has had “so many separate and distinct careers.”
In addition to the memoir, Abdul is also producing her first Broadway musical called How to Dance in Ohio, based on an HBO documentary. She explained that the musical’s seven leads are all on the autism spectrum.
Abdul said she was “a little bit tired” during a busy week, as she appeared as a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night. The singer said she “had so much fun” sitting on the panel for the show’s Music Video Night.