EWU senior performs on stage with Carrie Underwood at Spokane Arena

EWU senior performs on stage with Carrie Underwood at Spokane Arena

They say you should never meet your heroes, but one of Carrie Underwood’s biggest fans ignored that advice Wednesday night and took it a step further.

“I remember voting for her when she was on American Idol and back then we only had minutes on a cell phone and I always used to go over the minutes because I’d call so many times, so I definitely remember being yelled at for that,” Brooke Henderson remembers as she laughs.

So it was no surprise Brooke was first in line for Underwood’s show in Spokane on Wednesday. She’s watched her sing for years and little did she know, one day, she’d get to perform alongside her — and it turns out “one day” was Wednesday.

“The first time that I’ll meet her will be on the stage when I’m singing so, we’ll see how that goes. Hopefully I don’t choke,” Brooke told KXLY just hours before the performance. “I’m just waiting until I’m actually up there on stage and then I think it’ll hit me that ‘wow, I’m really doing this.”

Brooke entered one of Underwood’s contests last week — where she had to rap a portion of her song “The Champion,” before writing about a champion in her life. She chose her sister, Ashley Garbarino.

“They had asked who your champion was, and she talked about me. So it was really cool to just hear how it became,” Ashley said. “I’ve told numerous people I’d give my right arm for her to just meet her and take a picture with her and this is even better!”

Brooke joined the country star onstage Wednesday night, rapping the same song that won her the right to be there. And Ashley was right there, front and center in the pit, to capture it all.

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