See Maren Morris’s American Idol Cattle Call Ticket from 2007

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Maren Morris’s mom found her American Idol audition ticket. The country singer-songwriter auditioned for season 7 at Texas Stadium, but didn’t even make it to the producers round. Producers saw thousands and thousands of singers during the heyday of American Idol, and many talented artists, like Maren, fell through the cracks.

If you ever wondered what an American Idol cattle call ticket looked like, here it is! “My mom found my American Idol audition ticket from 2007. I didn’t make it past the first round cattle call…,” Maren writes, adding, “I wasn’t really into sports growing up but this feels like the equivalent of your mom saving your 10th place trophy.”

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Heh. But then you went on to win the equivalent of the Olympics. Right? For instance, the singer has won numerous Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, BMI, Billboard and American Music Awards. Additionally she won a Grammy Award for he in the Best Country Solo Performance category for “My Church” in 2017. She could fill a room with her trophies.

In 2019 Maren described her “traumatic” audition in an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

“I have this very traumatic, vivid memory of auditioning for American when I was 17, in Dallas where I’m from. It was at the Cowboy stadium, ” Maren explained. “You don’t see Paula and Simon and Randy in the first go audition. It’s like a stadium cattle call and you audition for a 20 year old producer who had probably no music cred!”

Maren continued, “You just sing for like 8 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 had to 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.”

Seth quipped, “That 20 year old right now is watching this…like ‘OH NO! I passed on her?'”

But “it all worked out,” Maren said matter-of-factly, “Honestly, the poetic justice of that whole thing is that now people audition with my songs on those shows,” Maren added. “I just get the check in the mail.”



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