Can you believe it's been over a decade since Kelly Clarkson
won her ticket to Hollywood on American Idol
? She was just 20 years old when she wore a top made of jean pants to her audition. But that wasn't too bad — Carrie Underwood
gave the judges her best chicken impression after she sang. The point? Pretty much everyone's American Idol
audition was embarrassing (therefore really fun to watch now).
Let's go back in time and review the audition tapes for seven stars who made it big after their time on the show. So much awkwardness and awesomeness awaits you.Kelly ClarksonThe Year:
She tells Ryan Seacrest
he needs to fix his highlights.Carrie UnderwoodThe Year:
At the end of her audition, she wows the judges with her ability to cluck like a chicken. Jordin SparksYear:
Simon tells her she does a "weird smile thing" and her performance is "too sugary," meanwhile she keeps smiling. Adam LambertThe Year:
When Kara DioGuardi
(remember her?!) gets jealous that he kissed Paula Abdul
's hand first.Kellie PicklerYear:
She tells the judges to "pick Pickler" and sings Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone."Chris DaughtryThe Year:
His straw cowboy hat. Hands down.David ArchuletaThe Year:
His mom is SO SO SO happy after he gets the Golden Ticket to Hollywood.