Maren Morris on Her “American Idol” Audition

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Maren Morris found such a colossal success that it’s difficult to imagine there was a time when she had trouble impressing people with her musical talent. Surprisingly enough, that’s exactly what happened during her American Idol audition, and the country star doesn’t remember it as a great experience.

Morris took a walk down memory lane during a recent appearance on Seth Meyers’ talk show and recalled what happened when she auditioned for the popular singing competition show over a decade ago.

“I have this very traumatic vivid memory of auditioning for American Idol when I was 17. You audition for a 20-year-old producer who probably has no music cred… You sing your heart out and my entire group got cut, like, ‘Sorry, you have to take the walk of shame,’” recalled Maren Morris.

She still managed to find some poetic justice in the whole thing, because many contestants now audition for the show performing her songs – and she still gets the check. Years after her American Idol audition, Morris has two successful albums behind her and one Grammy award on her trophy shelf.