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

Maren Morris; Photo by Jason Kempin, Getty Images for CMT
Maren Morris; Photo by Jason Kempin, Getty Images for CMT
Maren Morris; Photo by Jason Kempin, Getty Images for CMT

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.”

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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