Contemporary Christian recording artist Moriah Peters auditioned for “American Idol” in 2010 with the hopes of entering the competitive music industry. After facing scrutiny and criticism about her faith, Peters was nixed from the competition by the judges who suggested that she go experience life and “kiss a boy” before considering a music career.

Peters’ testimony recently debuted on an “I Am Second” video, where she shared her struggles with remaining bold about her Christian beliefs while trying to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She recalls the moment her chance at becoming a cultural icon came to an abrupt end.  But through it all, Peters maintains that she would somehow get her big break.

“They complimented my voice and my look but they told me, ‘You’re trying to be too perfect. You need to go into the world and make some mistakes,'” Peters said. “‘Go kiss someone then you’ll feel sexier.'”

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