Undated -- As Carrie Underwood tells it, Simon Cowell "hates" country music. Underwood told the London Evening Standard that right before her "American Idol" audition she was informed that top judge Cowell is not a fan of country. Underwood, who went on to win the fourth season, says she did what she knew she could do and Cowell "recognized that."
Underwood dished on Cowell as she prepares for her first UK appearance on June 21st at Royal Albert Hall. She says "there needs to be a few country artists out here, to let people know what they're missing." Underwood says she'd "love to be an ambassador" for country music.