Kelly Clarkson Once Signed An Autograph As Carrie Underwood: ‘That Might Be Illegal’

Kelly Clarkson was once mistaken for fellow American Idol alum Carrie Underwood and instead of correcting the adoring fan, she…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 19, 2020


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Kelly Clarkson was once mistaken for fellow American Idol alum Carrie Underwood and instead of correcting the adoring fan, she just rolled with it.

The superstar opened up about the awkward situation on a recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show and recalled the moment a fan thought she was Carrie Underwood despite the fact that they  “look nothing” alike.

“This girl came up to me and was like, ‘Oh my god, your song ‘So Small’ is one of my favorites.’ And I kept thinking, ‘I don’t have a song ‘So Small.’ And then she said another song and I was like, ‘Oh, you think I’m Carrie Underwood,’” Clarkson explained.

“I was so embarrassed for her. She was like, ‘Can you sign this?’ And I totally signed ‘Carrie Underwood.’ I think that might be illegal!”

Clarkson and Underwood may not look anything alike, but they are both powerhouse vocalists and are two of the biggest stars American Idol has ever produced.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.