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27th Jan '18 9:59:11 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Would Marie Osmond have made it as far as she did on ''Dancing with the Stars'' if she wasn't so well known?

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Would Marie Osmond have made it as far as she did on ''Dancing with the Stars'' if she wasn't so well known?



** Cloris Leachman got endorsed by [=VoteForTheWorst.com=], an ''Idol''-centric Web site that usually disregards DWTS. That's pretty telling.
** Then there's Michael Irvin, who can't dance, accordingly brought up the rear in the scores most weeks, survived half the show on viewer votes, only being in the bottom two once, finally hit the bottom three and a dance-off where the judges alone decided who stayed and who went-and ''still'' survived! Of course, at the time this is being written another dance-off is coming up next week...
** Bristol Palin from Season 11. Three times she's finished at the bottom of the judges' standings, and is always near the bottom of the overall standings, yet has managed to make it all the way to the finale, even [[ShockingElimination beating Brandy in an elimination]] to do so, leaving the audience ''stunned''. Bristol ran out of luck in the finale and finished third.
*** It is believed by her hatedom that the only reason she stayed alive for so long is due to a number of internet campaigns being conducted on her behalf and a large base of tea partiers who support her mom for [[http://jezebel.com/5691445/how-palin-conservatives-are-cheating-the-dwts-voting-system political reasons.]]
** Bill Engvall in Season 17. Despite being on the bottom of the judges' scores for awhile, he's outlasted Elizabeth Berkley and Leah Remini.

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** Cloris Leachman got endorsed by [=VoteForTheWorst.com=], an ''Idol''-centric Web site that usually disregards DWTS.''DWTS''. That's pretty telling.
** Then there's Michael Irvin, who can't dance, accordingly brought up the rear in the scores most weeks, survived half the show on viewer votes, only being in the bottom two once, finally hit the bottom three and a dance-off where the judges alone decided who stayed and who went-and went -- and ''still'' survived! Of course, at the time this is being written another dance-off is coming up next week...
** Bristol Palin from Season 11. Three times she's she finished at the bottom of the judges' standings, and is was always near the bottom of the overall standings, yet has standings. And yet, she managed to make it all the way to the finale, finale on the strength of the viewers voting, even [[ShockingElimination beating Brandy in an elimination]] to do so, leaving that left the audience ''stunned''. Bristol ran ''stunned'', before finally running out of luck in the finale and finished third.
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finishing third. It is believed by her hatedom that the only reason she stayed alive in the contest for so long is due was for political reasons -- she and her mother, former UsefulNotes/{{Alaska}} governor UsefulNotes/SarahPalin, were darlings of the conservative Tea Party movement, leading to a number of internet campaigns being conducted on her behalf and a large base of tea partiers who support her mom for [[http://jezebel.com/5691445/how-palin-conservatives-are-cheating-the-dwts-voting-system political reasons.conducted on her behalf.]]
** Bill Engvall in Season 17. Despite being on the bottom of the judges' scores for awhile, he's he outlasted Elizabeth Berkley and Leah Remini.
26th Jan '18 2:54:56 PM nombretomado
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** After winning, Curtis was immediately kicked back to developmental and later deprived of his prize (as his pro, R-Truth, had [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]]), while Clay was immediately rushed to the main roster. Some time later, Curtis would finally be debuted on the main shows... with several weeks of terrible puns, and when he finally did debut, it was against MarkHenry, who at the time was in his "destroy all my opponents and crush their legs" phase, and was quickly written off TV, and was then sent back to NXT. Not very hard to see who WWE wanted to win.

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** After winning, Curtis was immediately kicked back to developmental and later deprived of his prize (as his pro, R-Truth, had [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]]), while Clay was immediately rushed to the main roster. Some time later, Curtis would finally be debuted on the main shows... with several weeks of terrible puns, and when he finally did debut, it was against MarkHenry, Wrestling/MarkHenry, who at the time was in his "destroy all my opponents and crush their legs" phase, and was quickly written off TV, and was then sent back to NXT. Not very hard to see who WWE wanted to win.
16th Jan '18 5:32:49 PM Ninamarie124
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15th Dec '17 6:37:37 AM OlfinBedwere
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** Gemma Atkinson in the 2017 series. She did well for the first couple of episodes, but after that consistently finished in the mid-to-low part of the judges' rankings, yet still made it to the semi-finals over several much more talented and experienced dancers. In this case it likely wasn't so much her being an outright ''bad'' dancer, but a combination of her being MsFanservice and her purported feud with fellow contestant Alexandra Burke, which some have theorised has caused viewers to keep her in to see if it finally boils over on-screen.

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** Gemma Atkinson in the 2017 series. She did well for the first couple of episodes, but after that consistently finished in the mid-to-low part of the judges' rankings, yet still made it all the way to the semi-finals final over several much more talented and experienced dancers. In this case it likely wasn't so much her being an outright ''bad'' dancer, but a combination of her being MsFanservice and her purported feud with fellow contestant Alexandra Burke, which some have theorised has caused viewers to keep her in to see if it finally boils over on-screen.
6th Dec '17 6:43:29 AM OlfinBedwere
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** Gemma Atkinson in the 2017 series. She did well for the first couple of episodes, but after that consistently finished in the mid-to-low part of the judges' rankings, yet still made it to the semi-finals over several much more talented and experienced dancers. In this case it likely wasn't so much her being an outright ''bad'' dancer, but a combination of her being MsFanservice and her purported AlphaBitch behaviour backstage, which some have theorised has caused viewers to keep her in to see if it finally boils over on-screen.

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** Gemma Atkinson in the 2017 series. She did well for the first couple of episodes, but after that consistently finished in the mid-to-low part of the judges' rankings, yet still made it to the semi-finals over several much more talented and experienced dancers. In this case it likely wasn't so much her being an outright ''bad'' dancer, but a combination of her being MsFanservice and her purported AlphaBitch behaviour backstage, feud with fellow contestant Alexandra Burke, which some have theorised has caused viewers to keep her in to see if it finally boils over on-screen.
4th Dec '17 4:50:52 AM OlfinBedwere
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** Gemma Atkinson in the 2017 series. She did well for the first couple of episodes, but after that consistently finished in the mid-to-low part of the judges' rankings, yet still made it to the semi-finals over several much more talented and experienced dancers. In this case it likely wasn't so much her being an outright ''bad'' dancer, but a combination of her being MsFanservice and her purported AlphaBitch behaviour backstage, which some have theorised has caused viewers to keep her in to see if it finally boils over on-screen.
15th Oct '17 1:29:25 PM nombretomado
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* Ron from season 7 of ''TheBiggestLoser'' was below the yellow line (i.e. one of the two contestants who might be eliminated) on about half of the episodes, yet made it into the final four (losing, eventually, to his son).

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Ron from season 7 of ''TheBiggestLoser'' was below the yellow line (i.e. one of the two contestants who might be eliminated) on about half of the episodes, yet made it into the final four (losing, eventually, to his son).



* In ''ThereGoesTheNeighborhood'', The Schindlers fit this trope to a T. They were almost ''always'' on the block, performed poorly at challenges (Until the last, in which they only won the right to host a neighbourhood barbeque and had more time to campaign to the others) and were only really used by the others to further their own social games.
* Double act [[PortmanteauCoupleName Jedward]] on the sixth season of ''Series/TheXFactor'' UK possessed no talent except the ability to slick their hair up, yet they kept being saved, most controversially by Simon Cowell who refused to eliminate them leading to a tremendous backlash against the show and his favouritism. Ironically enough, when they were finally eliminated, another act, Olly Murs had actually finished bottom of the public vote, but the judges finally came to their senses and sent John & Edward home instead. That said they have had a fair amount of success after the show.
** The 2010 series gave us Wagner who had even less singing ability, had a tendency to try and ogle or grope the female dancers, and was frequently booed by the audience after each performance. He amassed a shocking amount of support through the competition largely down to a combination of SoBadItsGood, those who enjoyed the sheer entertainment value and people who basic wanted to screw over the judges. Once he got in the bottom two, though, he was gone. We also had Katie Waissel who ''could'' sing (at least when nerves didn't get the better of her) but who was unpopular for other reasons and somehow survived a record four eliminations before finally going out just before the semi-finals.
*** There's a coincidence. Katie Waissel had once dated Michael Sophocles, an Elimination Houdini on the previous years' series of the Apprentice. Both were eliminated from their respective shows two episodes before the final.
** The 2012 series gave us Rylan- a performer with no talent making his second out of three appearances on a competitive reality show in as many years. Due to a rabid fanbase and the supposed entertainment value, he made it all the way to the top six. Only after the two favorites to win were in the final two did the judges come to their senses.

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* In ''ThereGoesTheNeighborhood'', ''Series/ThereGoesTheNeighborhood'', The Schindlers fit this trope to a T. They were almost ''always'' on the block, performed poorly at challenges (Until the last, in which they only won the right to host a neighbourhood barbeque and had more time to campaign to the others) and were only really used by the others to further their own social games.
* ''Series/TheXFactor'':
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Double act [[PortmanteauCoupleName Jedward]] on the sixth season of ''Series/TheXFactor'' UK possessed no talent except the ability to slick their hair up, yet they kept being saved, most controversially by Simon Cowell who refused to eliminate them leading to a tremendous backlash against the show and his favouritism. Ironically enough, when they were finally eliminated, another act, Olly Murs had actually finished bottom of the public vote, but the judges finally came to their senses and sent John & Edward home instead. That said they have had a fair amount of success after the show.
** *** The 2010 series gave us Wagner who had even less singing ability, had a tendency to try and ogle or grope the female dancers, and was frequently booed by the audience after each performance. He amassed a shocking amount of support through the competition largely down to a combination of SoBadItsGood, those who enjoyed the sheer entertainment value and people who basic wanted to screw over the judges. Once he got in the bottom two, though, he was gone. We also had Katie Waissel who ''could'' sing (at least when nerves didn't get the better of her) but who was unpopular for other reasons and somehow survived a record four eliminations before finally going out just before the semi-finals.
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semi-finals.[[note]]There's a coincidence. Katie Waissel had once dated Michael Sophocles, an Elimination Houdini on the previous years' series of the Apprentice. Both were eliminated from their respective shows two episodes before the final.
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The 2012 series gave us Rylan- Rylan - a performer with no talent making his second out of three appearances on a competitive reality show in as many years. Due to a rabid fanbase and the supposed entertainment value, he made it all the way to the top six. Only after the two favorites to win were in the final two did the judges come to their senses.
8th Oct '17 4:29:11 PM nombretomado
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-->-- '''Billie Green''', BoycottTheCaf reviews ''Series/TheGleeProject'' [[note]]Cameron quit the next episode.[[/note]]

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-->-- '''Billie Green''', BoycottTheCaf Website/BoycottTheCaf reviews ''Series/TheGleeProject'' [[note]]Cameron quit the next episode.[[/note]]
8th Sep '17 12:47:36 PM GrammarNavi
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* The judges on ''AmericasGotTalent'' have sent a few EH-wannabes to the semifinals over some more deserving talent (e.g. Ronny B and Indiggo over Xclusive and Lil Countrie & Page 1ne in Season 3). Still, thanks to mass exodus eliminations, the audience has mostly avoided giving most of them another chance. David & Dania being the reason for the word "most," as they made it to the final round despite using the exact same routine ''every time''.

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* The judges on ''AmericasGotTalent'' ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'' have sent a few EH-wannabes to the semifinals over some more deserving talent (e.g. Ronny B and Indiggo over Xclusive and Lil Countrie & Page 1ne in Season 3). Still, thanks to mass exodus eliminations, the audience has mostly avoided giving most of them another chance. David & Dania being the reason for the word "most," as they made it to the final round despite using the exact same routine ''every time''.
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