Country Throwback: Carrie Underwood Belts ‘Bless the Broken Road’ with Rascal Flatts Before 2005 ‘Idol’ Win

by Halle Ames

Tossing it back to 2005, we take a look at Carrie Underwood’s performance of ‘Bless the Broken Road’ with Rascal Flatts moments before she wins American Idol.

During the finale of season four of the hit singing competition, American Idol, the two final contestants joined experienced stars for one last performance. Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood were the last singers standing.

Bo Bice was paired with the legendary rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, who performed “Sweet Home Alabama.” According to voters, it fell short to Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts, who belted ‘Bless the Broken Road.’

By the point in the competition, viewers and judges alike knew Carrie Underwood’s capabilities that accompanied her comforting, angelic voice. It goes without saying that “Bless the Broken Road’ was the perfect song for her and Flatts.

The performance wasn’t anything flashy, as the two sat on stools on stage. However, Underwood and Flatts sang it so beautifully that it landed the duo numerous rounds of applause as well as a standing ovation.

Just moments after the song, Underwood was announced as the American Idol winner.  

“Bless the Broken Road”

Rascal Flatts might have put the song on the map, however it wasn’t originally theirs. Flatts only covered it, while a group called the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded it in 1994. Rascal Flatts didn’t release their version until 2004, where it became the highest-charting version of the song. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and 29th on Billboard Hot 100.

Carrie Underwood

The competition catapulted Carrie Underwood’s career, making her one of country music’s most iconic voices. Today, the 37-year-old has quite the trophy case with over 178 wins for 312 nominations. In addition, Underwood was the first American Idol winner to sweep all three major music awards in a single season. The awards include the American Music, Billboard Music, and Grammy Awards. 

[H/T Classic Country Music]