Maren Morris Was ‘devastated’ After Being Turned Down for Several Shows


Every year, so many people try out for “The Voice” and “American Idol” that the producers have to turn down many talented singers, some of whom have gone on to have very successful careers.

In the most recent episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked,” the aftershow for “Drag Race” where the queens respond to the judges’ comments from the week, guest judge Maren Morris met the contestants in person backstage.

All of the contestants were thrilled to meet Morris, who is a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ+ country music scene. One of the drag queens, Sugar, asked Morris, “As a performer, how do you deal with feedback and criticism?”

Morris is happy with the way her music career is going. She has won one Grammy Award and is up for three more. Even though she had been turned down before, the country singer still talked about it.

‘the Voice’ and ‘American Idol’ Rejections: Maren Morris: ‘I Was Devastated’

Maren Morris was asked how she deals with criticism and feedback “The contestants on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” said, “It’s hard. I’m 32, but I’ve been on stage since I was 10 years old. I tried out for “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent,” and “The Voice.” All of them said no, which of course broke my heart.”

Morris, on the other hand, says, “And now I’m so glad I took the long way because people audition with my songs on those shows.”

Maren Morris Was 'devastated' After Being Turned Down for Several Shows

The advice Morris gave to the queens was simple. She told them to “just take in as much as you can” and learn as much as they could from their fellow competitors. Even though it’s a competition, they all come from different backgrounds and can learn from each other’s experiences.

Morris apologized to the contestants on behalf of the country music community before going back to the main stage. He said, “Coming from country music and its relationship with LGBTQ+ people, I just want to say “I’m sorry,” and I love you guys for making me feel like a brave voice in country music.”

Marren Morris Previously Discussed Her ‘traumatic’ ‘American Idol Audition

Marren Morris has never tried to hide the fact that she has been turned away from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and other singing competitions in the past. In 2019, she went on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” to promote her album “Girl” and told the story of how she tried out for “American Idol.”

“When I was 17, I tried out for ‘American Idol,’ and I have this very traumatic, clear memory of that,” she says. It was at the Cowboys stadium, and you don’t see Paula, Simon, and Randy on the first try,” Morris said.

“It’s like a cattle call at a stadium, and you try out for a 20-year-old producer who probably doesn’t have any music cred. You just have to sing your heart out for about eight seconds, and then my whole group is cut, and they say, “Sorry.” You must do the same walk.”

The country singer then talks about walking out to the parking lot, looking for her mother’s car, and crying on the way home, even though “it all worked out.”

The most recent album by Marren Morris, “Humble Quest,” came out in 2022. It is up for “Best Country Album” at this year’s ceremony, and “Circles Around This Town,” its lead single, is up for two awards (Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance).

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