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Watch: Carrie Underwood Helps American Idol Contestant Make Top 24

MaryBeth Byrd was a Season 21 standout when she auditioned for American idol with the song “If It Hadn’t Been For Love,” by the SteelDrivers —and now she has made her way to the Top 24.

During the Showstoppers Round, Byrd delivered a powerful performance that left the judges and audience in awe. With her powerful vocals and commanding stage presence, she belted out a fierce version of Carrie Underwood’s hit song “Flat on the Floor.”

“It was a risk,” Byrd admitted during a sit-down with the judges. “I felt like it wasn’t my best, vocally.”

“We love that you are competing in the world of country,” Luke Bryan told her. “We think you are doing an amazing job. But it was a surprise to us because you’ve always been more of a smooth singer. Always push yourself, and don’t give up on going forward.”

The song risk seemed to have worked in Byrd’s favor however, because the judges ultimately decided to push her through to the Top 24!

“But, unfortunately, you’re gonna have to call the radio station and tell them [you’ve made it into the Top 24],” Luke Bryan announced, referring to Byrd’s job as a radio host back home.

Apparently, choosing a song by American Idol Alumni was the perfect move for Byrd, and maybe she will follow in Carrie Underwoods footsteps and win the whole thing!

Carrie Underwood won season 4 of American Idol back in 2005. Since her audition days, Underwood has become one of the biggest names in country music history.

After winning American Idol, the country superstar made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry on June 10, 2005. She was later inducted three years later on May 10, 2008, and since then, she has delivered numerous stunning performances.

15 years later, Carrie Underwood is coming back for a huge celebration! In celebration of her 15th Opry Anniversary, the talented singer will be taking the Grand Ole Opry stage for not one but TWO shows on Saturday, May 13th at 7pm CT and 9:30pm CT! Even better, you can catch the show live as part of a very special Opry Live on May 13th at 9/8 p.m CT on Circle Network!

You can tune in to the show live on Circle Network, DISH, and mor. Check your local listings here. Or you can catch a livestream of the show on Circle’s Facebook and YouTube pages on Saturday, May 13 at 9/8 p.m. CT!