The show won’t be back until January 2013, but fans got an early taste of the talent pool when a Season 12 hopeful auditioned for Randy Jackson live onstage at a Carrie Underwood concert.
The Idol judge dropped by Carrie’s stop in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Arena on October 25, 2012, where he called up 18-year-old Danielle Castleman to the stage. The fledgling singer from Sellersburg, Indiana, was nominated by a friend through the show’s “Nominate an Idol” program.
“This girl looks very all-American,” Randy commented. “Why don’t you sing a little bit of ‘All-American Girl’ for us. No pressure, just 10,000 Carrie fans, and Carrie right there.”
“Work it!” Carrie said encouragingly, as Danielle launched into an a capella version of the country superstar’s hit song.