4 Country Stars Who Were Turned Down by ‘American Idol’

American Idol has nurtured stars like Carrie Underwood but also rejected future country icons. Some, like Lainey Wilson, faced multiple rejections.

Lainey Wilson:  Wilson tried out for Idol seven times before finally performing in the season 21 finale, showcasing resilience and eventual success.

Maren Morris:  Morris, rejected by American Idol and other shows, found solace in her songs being performed on these platforms, turning rejection into triumph.

Kane Brown:  Brown, initially rejected by Idol, later appeared in its finale, showcasing his talent despite not fitting the show's initial expectations.

Hillary Scott:  Before Lady A, Scott faced Idol rejections, but after performing on the show, she found validation and no regrets despite initial disappointment.