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17th Sep '17 10:14:58 AM nombretomado
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* On several occasions in the race for the [[AVeryBritishChristmas Christmas Number One]] position on the British charts, the Christmas Number Two song has a longer shelf life among listeners. Two notable cases are Music/JohnLennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" and Music/MariahCarey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You", which are still heard today but lost the Christmas slot to St. Winnifred's School Choir's "There's No One Quite Like Grandma" and East 17's "Stay Another Day" respectively. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UK_Singles_Chart_Christmas_number_twos More here.]]

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* On several occasions in the race for the [[AVeryBritishChristmas [[UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas Christmas Number One]] position on the British charts, the Christmas Number Two song has a longer shelf life among listeners. Two notable cases are Music/JohnLennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" and Music/MariahCarey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You", which are still heard today but lost the Christmas slot to St. Winnifred's School Choir's "There's No One Quite Like Grandma" and East 17's "Stay Another Day" respectively. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UK_Singles_Chart_Christmas_number_twos More here.]]
31st Jul '17 5:40:29 PM Twentington
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** Season 1 winner Buddy Jewell was a TwoHitWonder with the smashes "Help Pour Out the Rain" and "Sweet Southern Comfort", but his second album bombed and he was never heard from again. Music/MirandaLambert had an ''extremely'' slow start, with no major hits off either of her first two albums between 2005-08, but finally had her BreakthroughHit in 2009 with "White Liar" and has since become one of the most popular female acts in Nashville in TheNewTens.
** Season 2 was a wash, at least stateside: winner Brad Cotter had no success whatsoever with his debut album (even though the lead single "I Meant To" briefly held the record for the highest debuting single by a new act on the country charts {later bested by Lambert, above}, it stalled at #35). Runner-up George Canyon went nowhere in the US, but remains fairly popular in his native Canada.
** Season 3: Also a wash, as winner Erika Jo's album went nowhere, and runner-up Jason Meadows's success with his lone single "18 Video Tapes" was limited to small-market stations at best. Fourth-placer Lance Miller has written a few hit singles for other people, though.
** Season 4: Also looked to be a wash at first, as winner Chris Young's debut album was a flop; however, he scored a BreakthroughHit with "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" from his second album and has been a consistent hit-maker since. Fourth-placer Matt Mason later won the only season of Creator/{{CMT}}'s short-lived ''CMT's Next Superstar'', but his win seems to have been for naught.
** Season 5: Perhaps the biggest example yet, as winner Angela Hacker never released anything other than an album of demos that she cut while she was still on the show, and a couple guest appearances on Cowboy Troy albums. She's such a nobody that she doesn't even have a Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} article. Meanwhile, fifth-placer Whitney Duncan managed to get a full album out (although she had an EarlyBirdCameo on a Music/KennyRogers song back in 2004), and ''seventh''-placer Music/KaceyMusgraves has become a popular artist in TheNewTens despite minimal airplay.

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** Season 1 winner Buddy Jewell was a TwoHitWonder with the smashes "Help Pour Out the Rain" and "Sweet Southern Comfort", but his second album bombed and he was never heard from again. Third-placer Music/MirandaLambert had an ''extremely'' slow start, with no major hits off either of her first two albums between 2005-08, but finally had her BreakthroughHit in 2009 with "White Liar" and has since went on to become easily one of the most popular female acts artists in Nashville country music in TheNewTens.
TheNewTens, with six platinum albums and a parcel of Top 10 country smashes.
** Season 2 was a wash, at least stateside: winner Brad Cotter had no success whatsoever with his debut album (even though the Cotter's lead single "I Meant To" briefly held the record for the highest debuting single by a new act stalled out at #35 on the country charts {later bested by Lambert, above}, it stalled at #35). and he was never heard from again. Runner-up George Canyon went nowhere in the US, was equally unsuccessful stateside, but remains fairly popular in his native Canada.
** Season 3: Also a wash, as winner Erika Jo's album went nowhere, and runner-up Jason Meadows's success with his lone single "18 Video Tapes" was limited to small-market stations at best. Fourth-placer Lance Miller has written had some success as a few hit singles for other people, though.
songwriter, however.
** Season 4: Also looked to be a wash at first, as winner Chris Young's debut album was a flop; however, he scored a BreakthroughHit with "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" from his second album and has been a consistent hit-maker since. Fourth-placer Matt Mason later won 4 is the only season of Creator/{{CMT}}'s short-lived ''CMT's Next Superstar'', but aversion, as Chris Young has released six albums and had eight #1 country hits (although his win seems to have been for naught.
first album bombed).
** Season 5: Perhaps the biggest example yet, as winner Angela Hacker never released anything other than an album of demos that she cut while she was still on the show, and a couple guest appearances on an album by CountryRap artist Cowboy Troy albums.Troy. She's such a nobody that she doesn't even have a Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} article. Meanwhile, fifth-placer Whitney Duncan managed to get a full album out (although she had an EarlyBirdCameo on a Music/KennyRogers song back in 2004), and ''seventh''-placer Music/KaceyMusgraves has become a popular artist in TheNewTens despite minimal airplay.
17th Jul '17 5:06:03 PM crazysamaritan
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*** Alexandra and Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix failed to make the live shows after succeeding their auditions, both 3 years before their respective wins. Alexandra lost the Judges' Houses in 2005, whilst Jade was ejected from bootcamp in 2008. In 2011, the BowtiesAreCool Geordie was initially rejected in Bootcamp, than put into a group named Orion, they were rejected, but she was then put into a new group called Rythmix- LM's then-appellation.

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*** Alexandra and Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix failed to make the live shows after succeeding their auditions, both 3 years before their respective wins. Alexandra lost the Judges' Houses in 2005, whilst Jade was ejected from bootcamp in 2008. In 2011, the BowtiesAreCool Bowties Are Cool Geordie was initially rejected in Bootcamp, than put into a group named Orion, they were rejected, but she was then put into a new group called Rythmix- LM's then-appellation.
15th Jul '17 9:06:54 AM nombretomado
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** Season 4: Johnny Curtis hasn't even appeared until recently ([[AbortedArc nor did he get his guaranteed tag title shot]] due to R-Truth's FaceHeelTurn), while runner up Brodus Clay appeared on Smackdown as Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio's bodyguard, then disappeared from TV when Del Rio was drafted to Raw. After his [[CanonDiscontinuity debut]] was delayed week after week, he took a dramatic HeelFaceTurn as the Funkasaurus. Curtis has recently returned as Wrestling/{{Fandango}}, a ballroom dancer who became a sensation after a hyperactive post-WrestleMania crowd sang his theme song, leading to the short lived "Fandangoing" craze.
** Season 5: While the contest was effectively abandoned, Titus O'Neil and Darren Young ended up getting promoted with SmackDown contracts, leaving Derrick Bateman as the lone rookie and technically, the unofficial winner. Bateman never made it far in WWE, but found much more success in TNA as Wrestling/{{EC3}}.

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** Season 4: Johnny Curtis hasn't even appeared until recently ([[AbortedArc nor did he get his guaranteed tag title shot]] due to R-Truth's FaceHeelTurn), while runner up Brodus Clay appeared on Smackdown ''[=SmackDown=]'' as Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio's bodyguard, then disappeared from TV when Del Rio was drafted to Raw. After his [[CanonDiscontinuity debut]] was delayed week after week, he took a dramatic HeelFaceTurn as the Funkasaurus. Curtis has recently returned as Wrestling/{{Fandango}}, a ballroom dancer who became a sensation after a hyperactive post-WrestleMania crowd sang his theme song, leading to the short lived "Fandangoing" craze.
** Season 5: While the contest was effectively abandoned, Titus O'Neil and Darren Young ended up getting promoted with SmackDown ''[=SmackDown=]'' contracts, leaving Derrick Bateman as the lone rookie and technically, the unofficial winner. Bateman never made it far in WWE, but found much more success in TNA as Wrestling/{{EC3}}.
11th Jul '17 7:32:29 PM LaptopGuy
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** Chris Nowinski came in second against Maven in the first TE, but eventually earned a WWE contract of his own. While his wrestling career was cut short by a concussion, he drew on his experience to write ''Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis'', and became a noted expert on the subject, continuing his fame and recognition long after Maven vanished from the public eye.

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** Chris Nowinski came in second against Maven in the first TE, but eventually earned a WWE contract of his own. While his wrestling career was for the most part far less memorable than Maven's, and was cut short by a concussion, he drew on his experience to write ''Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis'', and became a noted expert on the subject, continuing his fame and recognition long after Maven vanished from the public eye.



** Almost one year after the latest revival, winner Andy Leavine was fired whereas the very first person elimination, Ariane "[[NeverLiveItDown Melina vs. Alicia Fox]]" Andrew, is on televsion weekly as Wrestling/{{Cameron}}, back-up dancer for Wrestling/BrodusClay.

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** Almost one year after the latest revival, winner Andy Leavine was fired whereas the very first person elimination, Ariane "[[NeverLiveItDown Melina vs. Alicia Fox]]" Andrew, is on televsion television weekly as Wrestling/{{Cameron}}, back-up dancer for Wrestling/BrodusClay.



** Season 2: Runner up Michael [=McGillicutty=] has become a Tag Team champion and is now repackaged as Wrestling/CurtisAxel, winning the Intercontinental Title but quickly flatlined afterwards. The actual winner [[Wrestling/LowKi Kaval]] was more-or-less jobbed out up until his release. Alex Riley was associated with Wrestling/TheMiz until he no showed a match that led to Miz losing his WWE Championship and his clumsiness cost him two shots at Wrestling/JohnCena's WWE Championship. After his HeelFaceTurn, he scored a victory over his former employer and had some success until an incident where he botched Wrestling/JackSwagger's gutwrench powerbomb got him demoted into a jobber. The most successful person from this season is fourth placer Husky Harris, who became Wrestling/BrayWyatt of Wrestling/TheWyattFamily and out of all the stars in NXT's history is second only to Bryan in popularity.

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** Season 2: Runner up Michael [=McGillicutty=] has become a Tag Team champion and is now repackaged as Wrestling/CurtisAxel, winning the Intercontinental Title but quickly flatlined afterwards. The actual winner [[Wrestling/LowKi Kaval]] was more-or-less jobbed out up until his release. Alex Riley was associated with Wrestling/TheMiz until he no showed a match that led to Miz losing his WWE Championship and his clumsiness cost him two shots at Wrestling/JohnCena's WWE Championship. After his HeelFaceTurn, he scored a victory over his former employer and had some success until an incident where he botched Wrestling/JackSwagger's gutwrench powerbomb got him demoted into a jobber. The most successful person from this season is fourth placer Husky Harris, who became Wrestling/BrayWyatt of Wrestling/TheWyattFamily and out of all the stars in NXT's history is second only to Bryan in popularity. In 2017, Wyatt became the second NXT alumni to win a world title.



** Season 5: While the contest was effectively abandoned, Titus O'Neil and Darren Young ended up getting promoted with SmackDown contracts, leaving Derrick Bateman as the lone rookie and technically, the unofficial winner.

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** Season 5: While the contest was effectively abandoned, Titus O'Neil and Darren Young ended up getting promoted with SmackDown contracts, leaving Derrick Bateman as the lone rookie and technically, the unofficial winner. Bateman never made it far in WWE, but found much more success in TNA as Wrestling/{{EC3}}.



** 2014 winner Music/{{Macklemore}}, at the time of his win, was easily the biggest of the five nominees at the time of his win. Then and now, there was much controversy over his win against the critically acclaimed and highly popular Music/KendrickLamar. Macklemore's popularity has waned considerably since, while Lamar and fellow nominee Music/EdSheeran have become superstars.

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** 2014 winner Music/{{Macklemore}}, at the time of his win, was easily the biggest of the five nominees at the time of his win.that year. Then and now, there was much controversy over his win against the critically acclaimed and highly popular Music/KendrickLamar. Macklemore's popularity has waned considerably since, while Lamar and fellow nominee Music/EdSheeran have become superstars.
25th Jun '17 3:55:41 PM thecarolinabull01
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* The 2004 WWE Diva Search. Wrestling/ChristyHemme won the contest and got put on TV almost immediately. She then got pushed into a WrestleMania program with Wrestling/TrishStratus (as a replacement for the injured Wrestling/{{Lita}}) that she was nowhere near ready for, and was bad enough she went around apologizing for her poor performance afterwards. She then wound up having to be the focus of the entire WWE Divas division (injuries, firings and departures left WWE with few veteran female wrestlers in 2005) before being released by WWE in December of that year. Meanwhile, Wrestling/MichelleMcCool (who placed seventh) bided her time in some bad gimmicks before winning the WWE Women's Championship three times and being the first WWE Divas Champion as well as being 1/2 of the most hated female duos ever, Team Lay-Cool (with 2006 DS winner Layla).

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* The 2004 WWE Diva Search.Wrestling/WWEDivaSearch. Wrestling/ChristyHemme won the contest and got put on TV almost immediately. She then got pushed into a WrestleMania program with Wrestling/TrishStratus (as a replacement for the injured Wrestling/{{Lita}}) that she was nowhere near ready for, and was bad enough she went around apologizing for her poor performance afterwards. She then wound up having to be the focus of the entire WWE Divas division (injuries, firings and departures left WWE with few veteran female wrestlers in 2005) before being released by WWE in December of that year. Meanwhile, Wrestling/MichelleMcCool (who placed seventh) bided her time in some bad gimmicks before winning the WWE Women's Championship three times and being the first WWE Divas Champion as well as being 1/2 of the most hated female duos ever, Team Lay-Cool (with 2006 DS winner Layla).
23rd Jun '17 3:07:50 PM IlGreven
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* On ''Series/LastComicStanding'', the only winner to have a relatively successful career after the show was Josh Blue. Runners up Doug Benson, Ralphie May, Rich Vos, Kathleen Madigan, Creator/GabrielIglesias, and Amy Schumer are far more popular than the winners of their respective series (May and Vos were 2 and 3 behind season 1 winner Dat Phan. Madigan came in fifth in Season 2, where John Heffron won. Schumer came in fourth and Benson in sixth [although the latter was fairly well-known beforehand] in Season 5 to Jon Reep. Iglesias was also already well known when he competed in Season 4, where he was disqualified for [[DisproportionateRetribution using a cell phone to contact his family]]).

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* On ''Series/LastComicStanding'', the only winner winners to have a relatively successful successfuls career after the show was were Josh Blue.Blue and Alonzo Bodden. Runners up Doug Benson, Ralphie May, Rich Vos, Kathleen Madigan, Creator/GabrielIglesias, and Amy Schumer are far more popular than the winners of their respective series (May and Vos were 2 and 3 behind season 1 winner Dat Phan. Madigan came in fifth in Season 2, where John Heffron won. Schumer came in fourth and Benson in sixth [although the latter was fairly well-known beforehand] in Season 5 to Jon Reep. Iglesias was also already well known when he competed in Season 4, where he was disqualified for [[DisproportionateRetribution using a cell phone to contact his family]]).
20th Jun '17 5:13:04 AM DesertDragon
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** Eurovision had an amusingly direct example of this trope in 2016. That year it was decided that jury and public votes would be tallied separately before choosing the winner. Thus, Dami Im (Australia) won the jury and Sergey Lazarev (Russia) won the televoting, but both artists scored significantly lower in the opposite category. Jamala (Ukraine), however, scored second place in both, and while losing to Australia and Russia in their winning categories by 109 and 38 points respectively, she beat them in the opposite categories by 132 and 81, respectively, thus giving her enough overall points to win the contest (although her victory was largely seen as politically rigged to show the rest of Europe's hostility towards Russia and Vladimir Putin).

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** Eurovision had an amusingly direct example of this trope in 2016. That year it was decided that jury and public votes would be tallied separately before choosing the winner. Thus, Dami Im (Australia) won the jury and Sergey Lazarev (Russia) won the televoting, but both artists scored significantly lower in the opposite category. Jamala (Ukraine), however, scored second place in both, and while losing to Australia and Russia in their winning categories by 109 and 38 points respectively, she beat them in the opposite categories by 132 and 81, respectively, thus giving her enough overall points to win the contest (although her victory was largely seen as politically rigged to show the rest of Europe's hostility towards Russia and Vladimir Putin).
18th Jun '17 5:00:00 PM nombretomado
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*** Compare: The first winner of ''Survivor'': Richard Hatch who [[WhatAnIdiot failed to pay taxes on his winnings]] and ended up in big trouble. (According to TheOtherWiki, he served a 51 month sentence, which prevented him from competing in ''Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'').

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*** Compare: The first winner of ''Survivor'': Richard Hatch who [[WhatAnIdiot failed to pay taxes on his winnings]] and ended up in big trouble. (According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, he served a 51 month sentence, which prevented him from competing in ''Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'').



** According to ThatOtherWiki, both Melo and runner-up Jaydee Bixby have sold more albums than Jepsen in Canada, but it is a totally different story for singles success.

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** According to ThatOtherWiki, Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, both Melo and runner-up Jaydee Bixby have sold more albums than Jepsen in Canada, but it is a totally different story for singles success.
11th Jun '17 5:42:09 PM thelivingtoad
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* It's hard to remember that ChristinaGrimmie didn't win Season 6 of ''Series/TheVoice'' considering that she was still popular on YouTube while the two singers that placed above her disappeared as fast as Adam's beard did. DeadArtistsAreBetter gives her even more of an edge now (or would have, had it not happened the same weekend as one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history). Of course the show has yet to see a truly successful winner; Cassadee Pope from Season 3 may be the leading success story, but Music/MelanieMartinez from that same season has also achieved considerable success after her stint on the show.

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* It's hard to remember that ChristinaGrimmie didn't win Season 6 of ''Series/TheVoice'' considering that she was still popular on YouTube while the two singers that placed above her disappeared as fast as Adam's beard did. DeadArtistsAreBetter gives her even more of an edge now (or would have, had it not happened the same weekend as one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history). Of course the show has yet to see a truly successful winner; Cassadee Pope from Season 3 may be the leading success story, but she was already well known before she was ever on the show because of her stint as frontwoman for the pop punk band Hey Monday. Music/MelanieMartinez from that same season has also achieved considerable success after her stint on the show.
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