History Main / EliminationHoudini

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''.
4th Sep '17 8:24:59 PM td1989
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** ''Series/TopChef: JustDesserts'' had Danielle who was often on the bottom but made it to the final three.
25th Jun '17 3:56:32 PM thecarolinabull01
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* The first ''WWE Diva Search'' featured Carmella De Cesare, who made it all the way to the final before losing at the very end, thus taking second place overall. She had managed to become so universally hated that it's seriously believed they deliberately fudged the votes and kept her on just so people would keep waiting to see her finally get eliminated (and thus hopefully keep watching.) This is the WWE, after all--totally scripted {{Face}} vs. {{Heel}} matchups is what they do. Her existence was finally justified when, just before the winner was announced, Trish Stratus took both competitors apart in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* The first ''WWE Diva Search'' second ''Wrestling/WWEDivaSearch'' featured Carmella De Cesare, who made it all the way to the final before losing at the very end, thus taking second place overall. She had managed to become so universally hated that it's seriously believed they deliberately fudged the votes and kept her on just so people would keep waiting to see her finally get eliminated (and thus hopefully keep watching.) This is the WWE, after all--totally scripted {{Face}} vs. {{Heel}} matchups is what they do. Her existence was finally justified when, just before the winner was announced, Trish Stratus took both competitors apart in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
12th Jun '17 9:35:46 PM nombretomado
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* Double act [[PortmanteauCoupleName Jedward]] on the sixth season of ''[[TheXFactor The X-Factor]]'' 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.

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* Double act [[PortmanteauCoupleName Jedward]] on the sixth season of ''[[TheXFactor The X-Factor]]'' ''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.
8th Jun '17 9:27:30 PM Saitsu
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** Wes and Casey's run in 'Fresh Meat' deserves extra perspective as to the immense stupidity of the rest of the cast (almost surprisingly so). They were only thrown in initially as due to long standing Challenge tradition, the "newbies" to the Challenge always get thrown in first and unfortunately, the Real World Austin cast had FOUR contestants that season which meant they were pretty much destined to team kill each other the first three weeks short of winning a challenge outright (which tends to be hard for rookies). After that they kept throwing them in due to Wes'...somewhat abrasive behavior (though they seemed to ignore the fact that OF COURSE Wes would be pissy, in his own words he was forced to eliminate his "best friend, his best friend's then fiancee and his then girlfriend" all within 3 consecutive eliminations. But the issue for the cast was, this season's Elimination Segment, 'The Exile' is unseen to the entire cast except the participants and of course TheHost. Which meant by the time that the other competitors would start sending in more seasoned veterans to take out Wes and Casey, the two were already vastly experienced at The Exile, while the vets came in with absolutely no information and are seeing it for the first time especially since Wes and Casey went out of their way to purposefully misinform the others of what the Exile was about. Even with Casey being TheLoad 95% of the time, they tended to steamroll every Exile and only finished in Third for the season due to Casey's inability finally catching up to them and running into teams that actually HAD Exile experience.
30th May '17 10:44:13 AM Exusia
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** Carmen Carrera never placed higher than safe a survived a lipsync before being eliminated, and then was brought back into the competition to continue competing.
** Akaisha, Milan, Latrice Royale, Alyssa Edwards, and Jaidynn Diore Fierce all survived two lipsyncs in a row before being eliminated after the third.

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** Carmen Carrera never placed higher than safe a safe, survived a one lipsync before being eliminated, and then was brought back into the competition to continue competing.
** Akaisha, Milan, Latrice Royale, Alyssa Edwards, and Jaidynn Diore Fierce Fierce, and Nina Bo'nina Brown all survived two lipsyncs in a row before being eliminated after the third.
24th May '17 6:53:57 AM IlGreven
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** David Ross in Season 24 was a middle-of-the-pack guy, but good fan support got him to the semi-finals. Then he outlasted Simone Biles, who had scored ''two perfect dances'' that night. And he'd go on to finish 2nd. To say his fan support was amazing is an understatement.
21st May '17 11:29:05 AM HighCrate
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There is also another form of Elimination Houdini, commonly seen in shows like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in which the contestants vote people out and not the audience. They may be the second person or another target for elimination, but somehow manage to avoid it, and they can do it in several ways. Either they get lucky and someone makes a bone-headed move that gets ''them'' on the chopping block instead, they instead gun for a different threat, a NonGameplayElimination spares them a round, or the Elimination Houdini manages to talk their way out of elimination and avoids death. If the players are moderately GenreSavvy, a bad player may become a Houdini through stronger players actively protecting them - why knock them out now when they could be easy competition in the finals? Often this happens when TallPoppySyndrome kicks up.

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There is also another form of Elimination Houdini, commonly seen in shows like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in which the contestants vote people out and not the audience. They may be the second person or another target for elimination, but somehow manage to avoid it, and they can do it in several ways. Either they get lucky and someone makes a bone-headed move that gets ''them'' on the chopping block instead, they instead gun for a different threat, a NonGameplayElimination spares them a round, or the Elimination Houdini manages to talk their way out of elimination and avoids death. If the players are moderately GenreSavvy, a A bad player may become a Houdini through stronger players actively protecting them - why knock them out now when they could be easy competition in the finals? Often this happens when TallPoppySyndrome kicks up.
21st Apr '17 9:14:34 PM Exusia
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* Any queen on {{Series/RuPaulsDragRace}} who lipsyncs multiple times and survives
** Jujubee on season 2 made it to the final 3 after winning three lipsyncs

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* Any queen on {{Series/RuPaulsDragRace}} ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' who lipsyncs multiple times and survives
survives:
** Jujubee on season 2 made it to the final 3 after winning three lipsyncslipsyncs.



** Akaisha, Milan, Latrice Royale, Alyssa Edwards, and Jaidynn Diore Fierce all survived two lipsyncs in a row before being eliminated after the third
** Coco Montrese and Darienne Lake both survived 3 lipsyncs before being eliminated
** Roxxxy Andrews survived 5 times in the bottom (out of 7 episodes) during All Stars 2 and currently holds the record for most times being saved for elimination

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** Akaisha, Milan, Latrice Royale, Alyssa Edwards, and Jaidynn Diore Fierce all survived two lipsyncs in a row before being eliminated after the third
third.
** Coco Montrese and Darienne Lake both survived 3 lipsyncs before being eliminated
eliminated.
** Roxxxy Andrews survived 5 times ''5 times'' in the bottom (out of 7 episodes) during All Stars 2 and currently holds the record for most times being saved for eliminationelimination.
6th Jan '17 12:50:23 PM StFan
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* ''Main/KawaiiVinnysMinecraftSurvivor'' contestants [=EpicFailTeen=] and [=UGADawgs222=] were never safe, surviving two and four eliminations respectively before being eliminated.

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* ''Main/KawaiiVinnysMinecraftSurvivor'' contestants ''WebVideo/KawaiiVinnysMinecraftSurvivor'':
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[=EpicFailTeen=] and [=UGADawgs222=] were never safe, surviving two and four eliminations respectively before being eliminated.
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