Thirteen years after American Idol Carrie Underwood, winner of season four, returned to the singing contest on Sunday night to present a new version of her new single, "Cry Pretty."
Underwood first unveiled the song to a live audience at the ACM Awards in April, her first performance since her frightening accident last November, when she hit nearly 50 stitches in her face. The soulful interpretation brought her standing ovations from the audience, and her version on Idol grabbed just as much emotion.
In addition to singing Underwood, 35, appeared on Idol as a guest mentor for the singing hopefuls. The contestants honored the homecoming of the star with versions of some of their biggest hits. Caleb Lee Hutchison sang "So Small" and Cade Foehner played "Undo It", but it was Gabby Barrett who toppled the house with a version of "Last Name" that stunned Luke Bryan.
"It's reincarnated like Carrie Underwood," The adequately impressed judge admired.
The Top 5 joined Underwood on stage for a collaborative performance of "See You Again."
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Underwood Gets Her Life After her devastating fall that left her with the facial injury and left a broken wrist, she was back on the track.
On Friday, the Grammy Award winner gave a rousing performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, to celebrate her 10th anniversary. Later, she became a member of the legendary Concert Hall.
As part of her set, the singer sang some of her hits such as "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Cry Pretty," and "Temporary Home." She also sang a Randy Travis classic, "An Old Pair of Shoes."
To end the night, Underwood was surprised by Travis himself on the stage with a bouquet of flowers. It was a full circle when it was Travis who invited Underwood to join the institution during a show in March 2008.
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Last week, the mother of one released the music video for "Cry Pretty," in which the star can be seen crying in the shower, before they manage a triumphant return to the stage and the pressure of fame.
It recently opened TODAY Hoda Kotb about the accident. "Quite simply, it was just a crazy accident," said Underwood. "I just fell in. I just stumbled with my dogs to do their business, it could happen to anyone."
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She added, "I say that if I had fallen elsewhere, that would not have been a problem, there was a small step I took and I missed."