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Who hasn’t used a play-on-words for Carly Rae Jepsen‘s hit single, “Call Me Maybe”? Before Carly was trying to give her number out to the boy in the music video, throwing wishes in a well, wearing ripped jeans, and rocking blunt bangs, she was just your average 21-year-old who hung out with her pets on her back porch.

It’s almost kind of hard to imagine, especially since the women’s and men’s 2012 USA Olympic Swim Team did their own music video rendition with her song. Yes, Ryan Lochte basically grooved (and by that we mean appeared in the video) to her song in the summer of 2012. My, how things can change.

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So how did the now 28-year-old (her birthday is today!) start off her career? Just like pop star and mommy-to-be Kelly Clarkson did—Idol! The only difference is that Carly Rae Jepsen was on Canadian Idol. Don’t believe us? Watch her audition tape!

Can you believe that was SEVEN years ago? Tweet @OKMagazine and leave a comment below.

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