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15th Mar '16 5:25:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' got quite a few of these. How Fat Mama made it as far as she did is still unknown. Hyperstrike in the second season, despite being a less-charismatic version of Feedback from the first season, somehow made the final three (in part because Parthenon blew it on a SecretTestOfCharacter).

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* ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' got quite a few of these. How Fat Mama made it as far as she did is still unknown. Hyperstrike in the second season, despite being a less-charismatic version of Feedback from the first season, somehow made the final three (in part because Parthenon blew it on a SecretTestOfCharacter).
27th Feb '16 10:49:18 AM PurrElise
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** ''EliminationHoudini/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace''
24th Jan '16 9:28:31 AM nombretomado
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* ''StrictlyComeDancing''

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* ''StrictlyComeDancing''''Series/StrictlyComeDancing''
24th Jan '16 9:28:20 AM nombretomado
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* Might have happened with John Sergeant in ''StrictlyComeDancing'' thanks to the fans, but he withdrew.

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* Might have happened with John Sergeant in ''StrictlyComeDancing'' ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'' thanks to the fans, but he withdrew.
13th Jan '16 9:28:34 PM jormis29
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* Gabby West in season 2 of ''Series/ScreamQueens''. She actually gave very good performances... that is, when she wasn't zoning out on set, making huge technical mistakes and not listening to Tim Sullivan's instructions. As a result, she frequently found herself up for elimination and only staying on because one of her competitors screwed up even worse than she did that week. Since the prize for winning was a role in ''Film/Saw3D'', this may have been why her part wound up consisting of her doing nothing but screaming before [[YourHeadASplode getting splattered underneath a muscle car]]. (For comparison, season 1 winner Tanedra Howard, one of that season's most consistently good contestants, actually got a fairly sizable role, returning for the sequel.)

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* Gabby West in season 2 of ''Series/ScreamQueens''.''Series/ScreamQueens2008''. She actually gave very good performances... that is, when she wasn't zoning out on set, making huge technical mistakes and not listening to Tim Sullivan's instructions. As a result, she frequently found herself up for elimination and only staying on because one of her competitors screwed up even worse than she did that week. Since the prize for winning was a role in ''Film/Saw3D'', this may have been why her part wound up consisting of her doing nothing but screaming before [[YourHeadASplode getting splattered underneath a muscle car]]. (For comparison, season 1 winner Tanedra Howard, one of that season's most consistently good contestants, actually got a fairly sizable role, returning for the sequel.)
5th Jan '16 10:22:32 PM Azek
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* ''Series/TheGenius'': Lim Yo-hwan in season 2. He managed to lose every single one of the main matches and still got to the finals with proud zero in garnet counter.
25th Oct '15 5:06:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''ProjectRunway'' contestants Wendy Pepper, Santino Rice, Vincent Libretti, Ricky Lizalde and Blayne Walsh have turned out crappy design after crappy design, landing in the bottom three more than any other contestant. And yet, they all stuck around (the first two even made it to the top three, getting to show at Fashion Week).

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* ''ProjectRunway'' ''Series/ProjectRunway'' contestants Wendy Pepper, Santino Rice, Vincent Libretti, Ricky Lizalde and Blayne Walsh have turned out crappy design after crappy design, landing in the bottom three more than any other contestant. And yet, they all stuck around (the first two even made it to the top three, getting to show at Fashion Week).
29th Sep '15 10:48:17 AM KoopaKid17
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* Parodied on Website/LemmysLand with "Lemmy's Awesome Race". One of the teams is called Team What consisting of Princess Daisy, already a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] in the Mario fandom, and the King who TookALevelInDumbass, much like all the other heroes on the site. After the one leg written by Lemmy, every other leg written by another user who completed the submission has them finishing in next-to-last place. They avoid elimination by the skin of their teeth due to instances such as Toad on Team Cream [[ThrowingTheFight throwing the race]] and being blasted by Bowser Jr.'s bullet bill blaster just ahead of the eliminated Team Cute. [[spoiler: They eventually win it all]].
27th Sep '15 5:16:42 AM fearlessnikki
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* Speaking of StrictlyComeDancing (see the John Sergeant example above), there have been these most series. In season three it was Fiona Philips, in season four Claire King, and obviously in season six John Sergeant.
** Also Christopher Parker in series one (whose rubbishness was, arguably, a key factor in making the show such a huge hit) and Julian Clary in series two.
*** Series Two didn't really have any Elimination Houdinis. It's unique amongst all Strictly series in that the worst dancer DID go every week. Julian Clary was only the worst dancer in the semi-final, so although he went further than he should it was only by one round and didn't fight for the trophy

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* Speaking of StrictlyComeDancing (see the John Sergeant example above), there ''StrictlyComeDancing''
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have been these most series. In season three it was Fiona Philips, in season four Claire King, and obviously in season six John Sergeant.
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Sergeant. Also Christopher Parker in series one (whose rubbishness was, arguably, a key factor in making the show such a huge hit) and Julian Clary in series two.
*** ** Series Two didn't really have any Elimination Houdinis. It's unique amongst all Strictly series in that the worst dancer DID go every week. Julian Clary was only the worst dancer in the semi-final, so although he went further than he should it was only by one round and didn't fight for the trophy


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** Judy Murray in the 2014 series. She would receive low marks from the judges consistently every week but the public vote kept her in the contest. It got to the point where the judges didn't seem to even bother giving her constructive criticism for her dances. When she was finally voted off, they all but called it a MercyKill.
27th Sep '15 5:11:43 AM fearlessnikki
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* The first season of ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough'' had Darryl, a big fat guy who went on and on about how he had the best shot at winning the competition and the wrestling contract because Vince Mc Mahon likes big guys and he's miles ahead of all the other contestants and all. He only got on the show at all due to ExecutiveMeddling on the part of MTV, as the trainers/judges, the other contestants, and the audience all found him loathsome. Mind, the trainers did do something about him, as he was the first one cut from the program... but it still took about 4 weeks to get to that point, as the other contestants were quitting like crazy throughout the season.
** Mind you, watching Wrestling/AlSnow tear him down for an under-his-breath comment, unfavorably comparing his behavior to that of Snow's ten-year-old son, was one of the show's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]].
** For the 2011 {{revival}}, it looks like Miss USA Rima Fakih is the show's Elimination Houdini. Week One saw her cheat in taking bumps by sticking padding down her shorts, while Week Two saw her survive despite arriving to training 20 minutes late. Then she got eliminated two weeks later.
*** ExecutiveMeddling kept her around, as her participation in the show was heavily hyped even before the show began. She was only eliminated when they could no longer justify her winning.

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* ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough''
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The first season of ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough'' had Darryl, a big fat guy who went on and on about how he had the best shot at winning the competition and the wrestling contract because Vince Mc Mahon likes big guys and he's miles ahead of all the other contestants and all. He only got on the show at all due to ExecutiveMeddling on the part of MTV, as the trainers/judges, the other contestants, and the audience all found him loathsome. Mind, the trainers did do something about him, as he was the first one cut from the program... but it still took about 4 weeks to get to that point, as the other contestants were quitting like crazy throughout the season.
** Mind you, watching
season. Watching Wrestling/AlSnow tear him down for an under-his-breath comment, unfavorably comparing his behavior to that of Snow's ten-year-old son, was one of the show's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]].
** For the The 2011 {{revival}}, it looks like Miss USA revival made a conscious effort to defy this trope, since Stone Cold was the one given the decision to eliminate people. And in the case of Rima Fakih is the show's Elimination Houdini. Week One saw her cheat in taking bumps by sticking padding down her shorts, while Week Two saw her survive despite arriving to training 20 minutes late. Then she got and Ryan, they were eliminated two weeks later.
*** ExecutiveMeddling kept her around, as her participation in the show was heavily hyped even before the show began. She was only eliminated
immediately when they could no longer justify her winning.were put in the bottom three for the third time.
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