“American Idol” Finally Let Gabby Barrett Sing Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells”


It took a couple of weeks, but 17-year-old Gabby Barrett from Pittsburgh, finally got to pay tribute to her idol Carrie Underwood on “American Idol.” After being asked to sing anything but Carrie during her original audition, Gabby stayed away from country music until it came to making the top 24.

Before her performance, Gabby shared, “I know it was a risk doing a Carrie Underwood song, but at this point in the competition, you’ve got to give it all or nothing.”

Gabby definitely gave it her all and even drew criticism from judge Katy Perry, who has made it very clear she does not want Gabby singing country music.

However, Gabby made it into the Top 24.

(And another fun fact: Gabby’s “Church Bells” performance aired on the 2nd anniversary of Carrie’s impressive performance of the tune during the ACM Awards– you know, the one with the drum solo.)

Lauren Cowling
Born and raised in the South, Lauren grew up going to football games with her family and eating overcooked steak. When not writing, Lauren enjoys reading biographies, searching for pictures of puppies on the internet and drinking Sprite.