Can you believe it was eight years ago that Carrie Underwood drove from Oklahoma to St. Louis to audition for American Idol? You know what's happened since. She's become one of the biggest country music stars in the world and make good on Simon's promise that she would be one of the biggest Idols of all time. Show producers think Carrie's proof that the "Gateway to the West" is a breeding ground for GREAT talent, so they returned this year for another crack at it! And, as Steve Thompson, WBKR's American Idol expert explains, they found some contenders!