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Why Maren Morris Is Glad ‘The Voice’ And ‘American Idol’ Rejected Her

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Country star Maren Morris is proof that you can make it in the music industry after a talent show rejection. The Grammy-nominated singer was rejected by The Voice, American Idol, and America’s Got Talent.


However, Maren isn’t sad about it. And why should she be, when she’s doing so well? Read on to find out what Maren had to say about her unsuccessful talent show experiences.

Watch Maren Morris talk about her “American Idol” audition.

Maren Morris Rejected By Talent Shows

Maren told Seth Meyers last year that she auditioned for shows like American Idol, The Voice, AGT, and even Star Search. “It was all a no,” she said of the response to her auditions.

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She recalled auditioning for American Idol at 17. Maren didn’t get to audition in front of the judges, and was rejected with a group of other hopefuls after singing for “eight seconds.” She remembers crying on the way home with her mom. “But, I mean, it all worked out,” she added.

Maren has since released two studio albums and been nominated for eleven Grammys, winning one for Best Country Solo Performance on her song “My Church.” Not too shabby.

Maren Is Happy ‘The Voice’ And ‘Idol’ Rejected Her

Clearly, Maren didn’t need those talent shows to propel her to stardom. In fact, she called it “poetic justice,” in that contestants now perform her songs on the shows she didn’t get a chance on.


“Not only is it really nice to have my song on a national television show, I get to collect the check and have some sweet revenge,” she said on What What Happens Live last year.

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We know that non-winners on shows like American Idol often have better careers than the winners. Maren is proof that you don’t even have to get on the show in the first place.

“I think about all of the freaking talent shows I’ve tried out for in my life and I’m so glad I didn’t make any of them,” she told Rolling Stone in 2016. “It’s full circle, because I was rejected from The Voice. I was rejected from American Idol — and I’m happier for it now.”

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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