Reality shows are not just great for the winners, but also for the runner ups who get a chance to show the world their talent. While several winners have faded away, so many runner-ups have made great careers through their music. Today, we’ll be looking at 10 famous music artists who got their starts in reality shows, and who made it big later on.
Could you imagine Cardi B as a reality TV show contestant? Well, she was a member of the cast of VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop: New York’ in 2015. Only two years later, she was to release her debut single, which would see the start of her massive fame.
The ‘X Factor’s’ 2012 season featured ‘Fifth Harmony,’ which finished in third place that season. The band made it big, but Camila Cabello quit it to pursue a solo career of her own. That’s one decision she’ll never regret.
She may be a judge on many reality shows now, but she too had to face the judges herself in the American version of ‘Popstars.’ As a winner of the show, she became part of the band ‘Eden’s Crush,’ but it disintegrated quickly, and led to her entering ‘The Pussycat Dolls.’
A 10-year old Britney Spears participated on a show called ‘Star Search,’ but lost in the second round. Who would have known then that she’d go on to become one of the best selling artists of all time.
Part of the eighth season of ‘American Idol,’ Adam Lambert came in second in the competition. But that was the only platform that his career needed, as it shot up afterwards, and he has never looked back since.
Britain’s ‘The X Factor’ had Leona Lewis as its winner in 2006. The singer-songwriter is the second best-selling act from The X Factor franchise in the UK, the first being ‘One Direction.’
In 1992, Justin Timberlake was seen on ‘Star Search.’ This was years before he became a member of ‘NSYNC,’ the boy band that made him a global star.
MTV’s ‘Making the Band’ reality show gave birth to the ‘Danity Kane’ we know today. Over the years, Aundrea Fimbres and D. Woods have decided to part way with the band, but the other three members are still slaying it.
Alanis Morissette was one more pop artist that was part of ‘Star Search’ from the 1990s. The then-unknown singer went by the name Alanis Nadine. Who would have known that the 14-year old would go on to sell more than 60 million albums worldwide in the future.
Brooke Hogan’s singing career had already begun before ‘Hogan Knows Best’ came along, but the show gave it a much-needed boost. She has had a pretty steady reality and singing career ever since.
Jennifer Hudson had competed in the third season of ‘American Idol,’ and had only grabbed the seventh place. Two years later, she made her film debut in ‘Dreamgirls,’ for which she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Screen Actors Guild Award.