9. She was hoping she wouldn't win 'Nashville Star.'

Miranda Lambert finished third behind Buddy Jewell and John Arthur Martinez on the first season of the reality show in 2003. She later said she was glad she didn't win. “The winner had to go in right after the contest and make a record in a couple of weeks, and I wasn't ready.” The then-19-year-old Lambert had just begun playing guitar and carving out a songwriting style. She signed a record deal later that year, but didn't release 'Kerosene' until 2005.