Maren Morris Reflects On Her ‘American Idol’ Audition: ‘I Didn’t Make It Past the First Round Cattle Call’

Maren Morris is reflecting on her American Idol audition after her mother stumbled upon a ticket from the day of…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 18, 2022


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Maren Morris is reflecting on her American Idol audition after her mother stumbled upon a ticket from the day of her audition. 

The “Circles Around This Town” singer took to social media on Monday, showcasing the piece of history. The Ticketmaster ticket is dated August 6, 2007 from Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. 

“My mom found my American Idol audition ticket from 2007. I didn’t make it past the first round cattle call,” Morris captioned the image. 

“I wasn’t really into sports growing up but this feels like the equivalent of your mom saving your 10th place trophy. 😂🏆,” she added. 

Soon after Morris shared the photo, her post was filled with comments from fans who pointed out the irony of it all. 

“Well you sure showed American idol 👏,” one fan wrote, while another added, “& look at you now!!!! Killin it.❤️👏”

In the comments of her Instagram post, a fan asked her “what was your audition song?” to which she replied “‘Sweet Thing’ by Chaka Khan and I SLAYED.”

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During a 2019 appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Morris revealed that she not only auditioned for Idol, but “everything you can think of,” including America’s Got Talent, Star Search, and The Voice.

“It was all a no,” she confessed, confirming she didn’t make it past the first round during any of the auditions.

She went on to share details of her “traumatic” experience auditioning for American Idol, which left her in tears.

“I have this very traumatic, vivid memory of auditioning for American Idol when I was 17, in Dallas, where I’m from. It was at the Cowboys Stadium. You know, you don’t see Paula and Simon and Randy in the first go audition,” she explained. “It’s like a stadium cattle call and you audition for like a 20-year-old producer who has like, probably no music cred. You just sing for like eight seconds and sing your heart out and then my entire group got cut. They’re like, ‘sorry, you have to take the walk of shame.’ I just remember being like 17 and I had to like walk through the walk of shame out to the parking lot and find my mom’s car and just cry on the way home with her.”

“But,” she continued, “I mean, it all worked out.”

Maren Morris; Photo Getty Images for ACM
Maren Morris; Photo Getty Images for ACM

The Texas native is now a GRAMMY winner and has earned multiple awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, and more. 

“Honestly, the poetic justice of that whole thing is that now, people like audition with my songs on those shows, so I just get the check in the mail,” she laughed. 

Maren Morris is currently in the midst of her Humble Quest Tour, which kicked off on June 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek features support from Brent Cobb, Lone Bellow, Ruston Kelly, Joy Oladokun, Natalie Hemby, Brittney Spencer on select dates.

The Humble Quest Tour will wrap up on December 2 in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.