Carrie Underwood hasn’t been seen on any screen in months, but she was just heard in a big way.
The country superstar’s voice opened the premiere episode of American Idol Sunday (March 11) with a monologue about the power of music.
Related: Carrie Underwood & Paula Abdul Reunite in Nashville
“From your first lullaby to dancing with your first love, music finds a way to seep into your soul and move you like nothing else can,” Carrie says against images of rural America. “It excites, brings tears to your eyes, marks some of your biggest moments. It gives you hope and makes you proud. Music moves you.”
Carrie narrated about not only the power of music but also the search for its next star.
“And so the adventure begins, to uncover the finest talent this nation has to offer. The journey will take us to every corner of this country with no voice left unheard—from the dreamers to the lullaby singers. They are the fabric of America, and they could be stars in the making. I should know because it happened to me,” she says as the package cuts to her own winning moment on Idol in 2005.
Related: Mike Fisher Trolled Carrie Underwood on Her 35th Birthday
The show that launched the career of country music’s reigning queen reportedly wants the superstar back to make her first on-screen appearance since her “freak accident” that ended with a broken wrist and a face injury.
A series insider tells HollywoodLife there’s an “open door policy” for Carrie to return to American Idol “anytime [she] would like to visit.”
Related: Will Carrie Underwood Make Her First Post-Op Appearance on Idol?
Carrie is currently in the studio working on her sixth studio album.
Idol airs with judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan Sundays and Mondays on ABC.
Photo: Getty Images