Why Carrie Underwood Rejects Comparisons To ‘Idol’ Star Gabby Barrett

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American Idol star Gabby Barrett has been compared to former Idol winner Carrie Underwood. As it turns out, the two country stars have become friends since Gabby appeared on the show.

Gabby told People that Carrie texted her congratulations when her song “I Hope” hit No. 1 on the country chart. “We keep in touch, and I think I can call her friend now,” Gabby said. “That’s pretty cool!”

Carrie Underwood Reacts To Gabby Barrett Comparisons

Gabby says comparisons between her and Carrie are “an absolute compliment.” However, Carrie apparently disagrees with people saying the pair are similar. Beyond the most surface-level parallels, she says they’re actually pretty different.

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“If I’m going to be compared to anybody, I hope it’s Carrie Underwood,” Gabby said. “But when I actually talked to her about how people compare me to her on American Idol, she said, ‘You know what? You have blonde hair, I have blonde hair. You have a big voice in country music, and so do I. But clearly there’s a difference between me and you — our voices don’t sound the same.'”

Gabby says Carrie told her, “You have more grit and you have soul and a real R&B flare in your voice. It’s much different than mine.” Gabby showed off her own renditions of Carrie’s songs “Church Bells” and “Last Name” on Idol in 2018.

Carrie Thinks Gabby Is A Better Singer Than She Was

When Gabby Barrett was in the Top 5 on American Idol, Carrie Underwood appeared on the show as her mentor. Gabby got emotional when they met, saying she’s looked up to Carrie her whole life.

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“I’m amazed at Gabby’s composure, and how much older she seems,” Carrie said after hearing her sing. “She’s so good.” She told Gabby she saw a lot of herself in her. “But I was not as good as you are at your age,” she added.

Gabby told People that Carrie said “everything would be fine” for her after American Idol. That prediction certainly seems to have come true, as Gabby just released her first album, Goldmine, which features new single “The Good Ones.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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