Lauren Alaina Relives Moment Meeting Carrie Underwood on ‘American Idol’ and Compares It To Meeting Her Own Fan

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Lauren Alaina had a full circle moment on American Idol when meeting a contestant and reliving the moment she met Carrie Underwood on the show.

Earlier this year, Alaina returned to her stomping grounds as a mentor to contestants on the ABC reality competition series. She met a contestant named Riley during the episode. Riley was a huge fan of Lauren Alaina’s music and it took her back to the moment when she was in Riley’s shoes.

“Well, I cried like a baby when I met Carrie,” she recalled. “I’ll never forget it. I just remember feeling so overwhelmed. I loved her so much and when I saw her, I saw her across the room and I just literally sobbed.” She shared a similar experience with Riley, years after she became a country music superstar.

“I had this crazy moment with Riley. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, is it possible that she feels the way I felt when I met Carrie?’ So it was a really sweet moment. I’m so thankful I got to meet her. I’ll never forget meeting Carrie and how sweet she was. If I could even be a fraction of that for Riley, you know that means so much to me.”

Lauren Alaina’s First Concert

If you attend a Lauren Alaina or Carrie Underwood concert, chances are you’ll see a poster from a child that says it’s their first ever live show. For Alaina, her official first-ever concert was something that only she can say — she was the opening act!

“When I was young, I went to a festival a few times in my hometown called Riverbend. Those were the only concerts I’d ever been to,” she explained. “My family didn’t have a ton of money. So going to concerts was difficult for us because there wasn’t extra money to spend on things like that. One year, I went to go to Riverbend to meet Blake Shelton. I had won the M&G from a singing competition.”

The moment of meeting Shelton stuck with her for years to come. “I remember just being so overwhelmed with happiness that I was meeting him,” she added.

As for her first ever official concert that wasn’t a hometown festival, but full set from an artist, she had the chance to be an opening act for a country music

“My first real concert for a specific person was mine, opening up for Jason Aldean,” she revealed. “Now, I’ve been able to go to concerts. But I grew up in a small town, I just dreamed of concerts. I dreamed of what they might be like and what the shows would be like. My first solo act if you will, Jason Aldean was my first concert and I was opening up for him.”

Jacklyn is the Editor In Chief of Stage Right Secrets. Jacklyn's photography and articles can also be found on The Recording Academy's GRAMMYPro, GRAMMYU, PopCrush, Taste of Country, among other outlets. Besides press Jacklyn is a "Jack of All Trades" working various jobs at local concerts and touring.