After 15 seasons of tears, cheers and judge Randy Jackson referring to hundreds of aspiring pop icons as “dog,” Fox’s “American Idol” ended its on-air run earlier this year.
But in a country superstar like Carrie Underwood — who won the show’s crown in 2005 — "Idol's" enduring imprint on the music industry lives on past its last broadcast.
After all, the prime-time vehicle’s assist launched the Oklahoma native into a career that’s since notched five hit albums, seven Grammys and her current “Storyteller - Stories in the Round” tour, which docks at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center (with Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers) for a 7 p.m. show May 24.
Now traveling with new material off last year’s character-driven “Storyteller,” the multifaceted Underwood has slowly morphed into modern country’s Beyoncé, with album sales (58 million) and awards joining acting roles (NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!”) and her own fitness apparel (Calia).
Despite this mogul-like path, it’s the former Academy of Country’s Entertainer of the Year’s relatable, plainspoken songs about life, death and destroying a cheating boyfriend’s truck that have incited allegiance from aspiring cowgirls everywhere.
And it’s her onstage talent that packs arenas like First Niagara — just like it earned her first trip to Hollywood and “Idol” stardom 11 years ago.
Tickets are $46 and $76 (box office, tickets.com).