Top Religious Moments on 'American Idol'

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Carrie Underwood Lets Jesus Lead the Way

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Carrie Underwood of Checotah, Oklahoma, shocked few when she was crowned the fourth American Idol. She'd made a reputation for herself as the show's resident country singer, and her debut album Some Hearts was Nashville to the core.

The first single, "Jesus Take the Wheel," was about a young single mother in her car asking Jesus to literally and figuratively steer for her. The song was a huge smash and catapulted Carrie to country music royalty and a postshow level of success that most contestants haven't been able to reach.

Perhaps hoping to emulate Carrie and her success, "Idol" contestant LaKisha Jones sang "Jesus Take the Wheel" on Country Night of season six.

--Lilit Marcus

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