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24th Sep '16 1:24:16 PM Gimere
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* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''ToughEnough'' reality show created a minor lower-midcard star for a couple of years in the form of Maven. Much more success was found by fourth season runner-up TheMiz and third season co-winner Wrestling/JohnMorrison (a lone exception), who were later hired and ended up the top tag team in the company in early 2009.
** Morrison did pretty well as a singles wrestler too, picking up various midcard titles including the (theoretically World Title-level) {{Wrestling/ECW}} strap, and groomed to be one of the top stars on Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''Friday Night SmackDown''.

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* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''ToughEnough'' ''[[Wrestling/WWEToughEnough ToughEnough]]'' reality show created a minor lower-midcard star for a couple of years in the form of Maven. Much more success was found by fourth season runner-up TheMiz and third season co-winner Wrestling/JohnMorrison (a lone exception), who were later hired and ended up the top tag team in the company in early 2009.
** Morrison did pretty well as a singles wrestler too, picking up various midcard titles including the (theoretically World Title-level) {{Wrestling/ECW}} Wrestling/{{ECW}} strap, and groomed to be one of the top stars on Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''Friday Night SmackDown''.''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown]]''.



** 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 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 weekly as Cameron, Wrestling/{{Cameron}}, back-up dancer for Wrestling/BrodusClay.
7th Sep '16 5:15:23 PM LaptopGuy
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*** Agnes only placed a mere 8th in the 2009 Melodifestivalen with the song "Love Love Love", but her next single "Release Me" was globally successful whereas Sweden's actual entry in the 2009 ESC fared poorly.

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*** Agnes only placed a mere 8th in the 2009 Melodifestivalen with the song "Love Love Love", but her next single "Release Me" was globally successful whereas Sweden's actual entry in the 2009 ESC fared poorly.poorly and didn't do anything outside of Sweden. Ironically, when Agnes won Idol in 2006, one of the losing contestants that season was Mans Zelmerlow -- the 2015 Eurovision winner.
6th Sep '16 3:11:26 PM LaptopGuy
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** Gali Atari & Milk and Honey won in 1979, but outside of Israel, where Hallelujah's still really well-known, very few people know who they are. One of the losers, however? ''Music/DschinghisKhan''. Enough said, really.

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** Gali Atari & Milk and Honey won in 1979, but outside of Israel, Israel and the Jewish community, where Hallelujah's still really well-known, very few people know or remember who they are. One of the losers, however? ''Music/DschinghisKhan''. Enough said, really.
29th Aug '16 6:36:17 PM LaptopGuy
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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, which gave 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, which gave 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).
29th Aug '16 6:26:06 PM LaptopGuy
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** It's not the only example from the Song Contest - Mocedades' "Eres Tu" from 1973 and Cliff Richards' "Congratulations" from 1968 both finished second, yet became far more massive hits than the winners (although Congratulations would have won if Dictator Franco hadn't fixed the voting for Spain). Julio Iglesias was also a runner up who became more successful than the winner. Olivia Newton John would have been viewed the same way if ABBA was not the act that beat her.

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** It's not the only example from the Song Contest - Mocedades' "Eres Tu" from 1973 and Cliff Richards' "Congratulations" from 1968 both finished second, yet became far more massive hits than the winners (although Congratulations would have won if Dictator Franco hadn't fixed the voting for Spain). Julio Iglesias was also a runner up who became more successful than the winner. Olivia Newton John would have been viewed the same way if ABBA was not the act that beat her.her -- she probably would count against any other winner other than Celine Dion (1988).



*** Lena, however, is one of many aversions of the trope. Sandie Shaw, ABBA, Celine Dion, Dana International, Ruslana, Helena Papariozou, Lordi, Dima Bilan and Loreen are other major aversions, and Music/ConchitaWurst may be added to this list as time goes on.

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*** Lena, however, is one of many aversions of the trope. The most notable are ABBA and Celine Dion, but Sandie Shaw, ABBA, Celine Dion, Dana International, Ruslana, Helena Papariozou, Lordi, Dima Bilan and Loreen are other major aversions, and Music/ConchitaWurst may be added to this list as time goes on.



** 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 public vote and Sergey Lazarev (Russia) won the jury, but both artists scored significantly lower in the opposite category. Jamala (Ukraine), however, scored second place in both, which gave her enough overall points to win the contest.

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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 public vote jury and Sergey Lazarev (Russia) won the jury, televoting, but both artists scored significantly lower in the opposite category. Jamala (Ukraine), however, scored second place in both, which gave her enough overall points to win the contest.contest (although her victory was largely seen as politically rigged to show the rest of Europe's hostility towards Russia and Vladimir Putin).
6th Aug '16 10:34:28 PM KYCubbie
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** Elizabeth Filarski (now Hasselbeck) came in fourth place on ''Outback'', and went on to become a successful television presenter. She left a 10-year gig as co-host of the popular women's talk show ''The View'' to join Creator/FoxNewsChannel.[[note]]Her marrying [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball NFL]] player and current {{ESPN}} personality Tim Hasselbeck is actually an {{aver|ted}}sion. They met in college ''before'' she went on ''Survivor''.[[/note]]

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** Elizabeth Filarski (now Hasselbeck) came in fourth place on ''Outback'', and went on to become a successful television presenter. She left a 10-year gig as co-host of the popular women's talk show ''The View'' to join Creator/FoxNewsChannel.[[note]]Her marrying [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball NFL]] player and current {{ESPN}} personality Tim Hasselbeck is actually an {{aver|ted}}sion. They met in college at Boston College ''before'' she went on ''Survivor''.[[/note]]



** Season 2: Runner up Michael [=McGillicutty=] has become a Tag Team champion and is now repackaged as Curtis Axel, 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 Jack Swagger'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.
** Season 3: Kaitlyn is an exception, having won the Divas Championship. However, 3rd-placer AJLee has been involved in many major storylines, as well as becoming the longest reigning Divas Champion at the time, holding it for 295 days.
** 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 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.

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** Season 2: Runner up Michael [=McGillicutty=] has become a Tag Team champion and is now repackaged as Curtis Axel, 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 Jack Swagger's 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.
** Season 3: Kaitlyn Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} is an exception, having won the Divas Championship. However, 3rd-placer AJLee Wrestling/AJLee has been involved in many major storylines, as well as becoming the longest reigning Divas Champion at the time, holding it for 295 days.
** 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 Fandango, 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.



* Heather Morris was eliminated just before the top 20 of ''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance''. She went on to dance for Music/BeyonceKnowles in the Single Ladies tour and is best known for playing the famously brainless Brittany in ''Series/{{Glee}}''.

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* Heather Morris was eliminated just before the top 20 of ''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance''. She went on to dance for Music/BeyonceKnowles Music/{{Beyonce}} in the Single Ladies tour and is best known for playing the famously brainless Brittany in ''Series/{{Glee}}''.



** Several ''So You Think...'' alumni also went on to do bigger and better things even without having actually won. Many of the Latin Ballroom dancers went on to join the line-up of professional dancers on ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' (with Witney Carson going as far as to win Season 19 alongside Alfonso Ribeiro).

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** Several ''So You Think...'' alumni also went on to do bigger and better things even without having actually won. Many of the Latin Ballroom dancers went on to join the line-up lineup of professional dancers on ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' (with Witney Carson going as far as to win Season 19 alongside Alfonso Ribeiro).



** The judges on this same season told Music/LindseyStirling she'd never sell as a "Hip Hop Violinist", that she needed a band to work with, and that she just wasn't good enough to fly through the air playing the violin. She's now gone on two tours and has surpassed LindseyLohan in Youtube search popularity, she does not work with a band in most of her music videos, and in her "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDsfou6UfjU Mission Impossible]]" collaboration, she imitated the MissionImpossibleCableDrop whilst playing.

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** The judges on this same season told Music/LindseyStirling she'd never sell as a "Hip Hop Violinist", that she needed a band to work with, and that she just wasn't good enough to fly through the air playing the violin. She's now gone on two tours and has surpassed LindseyLohan Creator/LindsayLohan in Youtube Website/YouTube search popularity, she does not work with a band in most of her music videos, and in her "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDsfou6UfjU Mission Impossible]]" collaboration, she imitated the MissionImpossibleCableDrop whilst playing.



** Season 1 winners Caitlin & Will broke up after only one single, while third-placers Joey + Rory (Rory Lee Feek and [[CreatorCouple his wife]], Joey Martin Feek) recorded eight albums and amassed a sizeable fanbase with [[NoHitWonder almost no help from country radio]], helped in no small part by Rory's name recognition as a songwriter and producer. They continued to record until [[AuthorExistenceFailure Joey died of cervical cancer]] in March 2016. Even fourth-placers Kate & Kacey were more successful, releasing three albums and co-writing a Music/GeorgeStrait album track.

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** Season 1 winners Caitlin & Will broke up after only one single, while third-placers Joey + Rory (Rory Lee Feek and [[CreatorCouple his wife]], Joey Martin Feek) recorded eight albums and amassed a sizeable sizable fanbase with [[NoHitWonder almost no help from country radio]], helped in no small part by Rory's name recognition as a songwriter and producer. They continued to record until [[AuthorExistenceFailure Joey died of cervical cancer]] in March 2016. Even fourth-placers Kate & Kacey were more successful, releasing three albums and co-writing a Music/GeorgeStrait album track.



* None of the male winners of Golf Channel's ''The Big Break'' have made it to the PGA Tour since their appearance, but quite a few lower finishers have. Several older contestants had already played on the PGA Tour before Big Break; Jeff Mitchell (from BBVI) was for a while the only ''Big Break'' player to win a PGA Tour event...the 1980 Phoenix Open. (He was also a co-leader after the 1st round of The Masters that year.) Since then, Tommy Gainey, eliminated fifth in Big Break IV, and Matt Every, eliminated ''second'' in Big Break VIII, have won on the PGA Tour.

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* None of the male winners of Golf Channel's ''The Big Break'' have made it to the PGA Tour since their appearance, but quite a few lower finishers have. Several older contestants had already played on the PGA Tour before Big Break; Jeff Mitchell (from BBVI) was for a while the only ''Big Break'' player to win a PGA Tour event... the 1980 Phoenix Open. (He was also a co-leader after the 1st round of The Masters that year.) Since then, Tommy Gainey, eliminated fifth in Big Break IV, and Matt Every, eliminated ''second'' in Big Break VIII, have won on the PGA Tour.



* It's hard to remember that ChristinaGrimmie didn't win Season 6 of TheVoice considering that she's still popular on YouTube while the two singers that placed above her disappeared as fast as Adam's beard did. 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.
* The UK series played the trope disastrously straight in its first season. Leanne Mitchell's 'winners' song didn't make the top 40, and her album, released a year later with almost no promotion, failed to even make the top 100. Runners up Bo Bruce and Tyler James never made it onto the wider stage, but at least their albums didnt fare this badly.
** The second series both averted and played straight the trope. Mentor Will.I.am put everything on his protégée Leah Mcfall winning, but it was instead won by Andrea Begley. Begley was the first UK voice alum whose album charted in the top 10, but Mcfall has been better known, and Will has kept faith in her.
* ''Series/StarSearch'' had one in 1985 Jr. Female Vocalist runner-up Tiffany Renee, who dropped the "Renee" and became the first SS alum to land a #1 hit. Meanwhile, the girl who defeated her, Melissa Moultrie, had an appearance on the '80s version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''...and that's pretty much it.

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* It's hard to remember that ChristinaGrimmie didn't win Season 6 of TheVoice ''Series/TheVoice'' considering that she's still popular on YouTube while the two singers that placed above her disappeared as fast as Adam's beard did. 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.
* The UK series played the trope disastrously straight in its first season. Leanne Mitchell's 'winners' song didn't make the top 40, and her album, released a year later with almost no promotion, failed to even make the top 100. Runners up Bo Bruce and Tyler James never made it onto the wider stage, but at least their albums didnt didn't fare this badly.
** The second series both averted and played straight the trope. Mentor Will.I.am put everything on his protégée Leah Mcfall [=McFall=] winning, but it was instead won by Andrea Begley. Begley was the first UK voice alum whose album charted in the top 10, but Mcfall [=McFall=] has been better known, and Will has kept faith in her.
* ''Series/StarSearch'' had one in 1985 Jr. Female Vocalist runner-up Tiffany Renee, who dropped the "Renee" and became the first SS alum to land a #1 hit. Meanwhile, the girl who defeated her, Melissa Moultrie, had an appearance on the '80s version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''... and that's pretty much it.



** The 1980 and 1981 awards were won by Walter Rossi and Graham Shaw. Even in Canada these names are very obscure today. But it just so happens that one of the losers both years was some guy called Music/BryanAdams.

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** The 1980 and 1981 awards were won by Walter Rossi and Graham Shaw. Even in Canada these names are very obscure today. But it just so happens that one of the losers both years was some guy called named Music/BryanAdams.



* At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Women's judo 70g tournament was won by Masae Ueno. While most people won't recognize that name, they'll certainly know the athlete who finished in third: Ronda Rousey.
* During October of 2013, Music/JustinTimberlake's ''The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2'' debuted at #1 on the ''Billboard 200'' with 350,000 copies sold. At #2 was Music/{{Drake}}'s ''Nothing Was the Same'', which hit #1 the week prior with sales of 658,000 and second week sales of 148,000. Below both of them was Music/{{Lorde}}'s debut album ''Music/PureHeroine'', which stalled at #3 with a debut of only 129,000. Eventually, ''Pure Heroine'' became a SleeperHit that outsold both albums in the United States and worldwide, reaching double platinum status in U.S. alone and global sales of nearly three million. Considering that this was a debut album by a teenage girl from New Zealand and they were established superstars, that's impressive.

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* At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Women's judo 70g tournament was won by Masae Ueno. While most people won't recognize that name, they'll certainly know the athlete who finished in third: Ronda Rousey.
Creator/RondaRousey.
* During October of 2013, Music/JustinTimberlake's ''The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2'' debuted at #1 on the ''Billboard 200'' with 350,000 copies sold. At #2 was Music/{{Drake}}'s ''Nothing Was the Same'', which hit #1 the week prior with sales of 658,000 and second week sales of 148,000. Below both of them was Music/{{Lorde}}'s debut album ''Music/PureHeroine'', which stalled at #3 with a debut of only 129,000. Eventually, ''Pure Heroine'' became a SleeperHit that outsold both albums in the United States and worldwide, reaching double platinum status in the U.S. alone and global sales of nearly three million. Considering that this was a debut album by a teenage girl from New Zealand and they were established superstars, that's impressive.



** Bobbie Gentry won the 1968 award; today, she is only remembered for her sole #1 hit "Ode To Billie Joe" while Music/JeffersonAirplane has had a much longer lasting influence.
** Jose Feliciano, a Puerto Rican rock singer, won the award in 1969. Today, few people would say the award should have gone to anyone other than Music/{{Cream}}, while Feliciano is mostly known today for the Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad".
** Crosby, Stills & Nash won the award in 1970. They're still well regarded today, but not exactly as much as ''Music/LedZeppelin''.
** 1971 champions Music/TheCarpenters are still a legendary Adult Contemporary act; problem is, they also beat a guy named Music/EltonJohn.
** America, the band who won in 1973, have done quite well for themselves. Still, it isn't easy to hold your reputation as Best New Artist when you beat a little band called the Eagles.
** The Starland Vocal Band of 1977 were a very infamous winner, ended up a OneHitWonder -- Boston definitely won in the long run.

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** Bobbie Gentry won the 1968 award; today, she is only remembered for her sole #1 hit "Ode To Billie Joe" while Music/JeffersonAirplane has had a much longer lasting longer-lasting influence.
** Jose José Feliciano, a Puerto Rican rock singer, won the award in 1969. Today, few people would say the award should have gone to anyone other than Music/{{Cream}}, while Feliciano is mostly known today for the Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad".
** [[Music/CrosbyStillsNashAndYoung Crosby, Stills & Nash Nash]] won the award in 1970. They're still well regarded today, but not exactly as much as ''Music/LedZeppelin''.
** 1971 champions Music/TheCarpenters the Music/{{Carpenters}} are still a legendary Adult Contemporary act; problem is, they also beat a guy named Music/EltonJohn.
** America, Music/{{America}}, the band who won in 1973, have done quite well for themselves. Still, it isn't easy to hold your reputation as Best New Artist when you beat a little band called the Eagles.
Music/{{Eagles}}.
** The Starland Vocal Band of 1977 were a very infamous winner, ended up a OneHitWonder -- Boston Music/{{Boston}} definitely won in the long run.



** A Taste of Honey won in 1979. A two-hit wonder disco band beat out, amongst others, new wave legends the Cars and Elvis Costello and stadium rock icons Toto.
** Music/RickieLeeJones is a cult songwriter who won the award in 1980, but never really made it into the mainstream like the world-renowned Dire Straits -- and even then, they don't compare to the impact that a young comedian named Creator/RobinWilliams made outside the music world.

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** A Taste of Honey won in 1979. A two-hit wonder disco band beat out, amongst others, new wave legends the Cars Music/TheCars and Elvis Costello Music/ElvisCostello and stadium rock icons Toto.
Music/{{Toto}}.
** Music/RickieLeeJones is a cult songwriter who won the award in 1980, but never really made it into the mainstream like the world-renowned Dire Straits Music/DireStraits -- and even then, they don't compare to the impact that a young comedian named Creator/RobinWilliams made outside the music world.



** Marc Cohn, who won in 1992, hasn't exactly aged as well as Boyz II Men or Seal.

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** Marc Cohn, who won in 1992, hasn't exactly aged as well as Boyz II Men or Seal.Music/{{Seal}}.



** The 2006 award wasn't won by Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" or Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars", but by the much less known Augie March song "One Crowded Hour".

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** The 2006 award wasn't won by Gnarls Barkley's [[Music/CeeLoGreen Gnarls]] [[Music/BrianBurton Barkley's]] "Crazy" or Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars", but by the much less known Augie March song "One Crowded Hour".



* The 1967 Grammy for Best Rock Song had not one but ''five'' all-time classic songs on their list: "Elanor Rigby" by Music/TheBeatles, "Last Train to Clarksville" by Music/TheMonkees, "Cherish" by Music/TheAssociation, "Monday Monday" by Music/TheMamasAndThePapas, and "Good Vibrations" by Music/TheBeachBoys. A sixth nominee, "Winchester Cathedral" by the New Vaudeville Band didn't even sound like a rock song (it was more of a {{Retraux}}y 20's swing song) and it still came out on top, though its win seems to be for naught.

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* The 1967 Grammy for Best Rock Song had not one but ''five'' all-time classic songs on their list: "Elanor "Eleanor Rigby" by Music/TheBeatles, "Last Train to Clarksville" by Music/TheMonkees, "Cherish" by Music/TheAssociation, "Monday Monday" by Music/TheMamasAndThePapas, and "Good Vibrations" by Music/TheBeachBoys. A sixth nominee, "Winchester Cathedral" by the New Vaudeville Band didn't even sound like a rock song (it was more of a {{Retraux}}y 20's swing song) and it still came out on top, though its win seems to be for naught.



** Music/ArcticMonkeys, who won in 2006, were initally overshadowed by James Blunt. However, they later turned it around and are far more respected than Blunt ever was, scoring two #1 singles in their native UK.
** The Fratellis (2007) haven't done too badly, but Music/LilyAllen is more known than they are.

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** Music/ArcticMonkeys, who won in 2006, were initally initially overshadowed by James Blunt. However, they later turned it around and are far more respected than Blunt ever was, scoring two #1 singles in their native UK.
** The Fratellis Music/TheFratellis (2007) haven't done too badly, but Music/LilyAllen is more known than they are.are. Unless you're a fan of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Chicago Blackhawks]].[[note]]The Fratellis' song "Chelsea Dagger" is the Blackhawks' official goal celebration song.[[/note]]



** Tinie Tempah won in 2011 -- today he is all but forgotten even in the U.K. while Music/EllieGoulding and Music/MumfordAndSons were the big winners.

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** Tinie Tempah Music/TinieTempah won in 2011 -- today he is all but forgotten even in the U.K. while Music/EllieGoulding and Music/MumfordAndSons were the big winners.



** It's easier to list the total aversions, where the winning artist had the most success, and their song is a classic: 1988 (Music/GunsNRoses with "Welcome to the Jungle"), 1992 (Music/{{Nirvana}} with "Smells like Teen Spirit"), 1993 (Music/StoneTemplePilots with "Plush"), 1996 (Music/AlanisMorissette with "Ironic"), 1999 (Music/{{Eminem}} with "My Name Is"), 2001 (Music/AliciaKeys with "Fallin'"; Music/{{Coldplay}} is the only nominee that can compete with her), 2002 (Music/AvrilLavigne with "Complicated"), 2004 (Music/{{Maroon 5}} with "This Love"; although it's a close call with Music/KanyeWest), 2005 (Music/TheKillers with "Mr. Brightside"), 2009 (Music/LadyGaga with "Poker Face"; another close one with Music/{{Drake}}), 2010 (Music/JustinBieber with "Baby") and 2012 (Music/OneDirection with "What Makes You Beautiful").

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** It's easier to list the total aversions, where the winning artist had the most success, and their song is a classic: 1988 (Music/GunsNRoses with "Welcome to the Jungle"), 1992 (Music/{{Nirvana}} with "Smells like Teen Spirit"), 1993 (Music/StoneTemplePilots with "Plush"), 1996 (Music/AlanisMorissette with "Ironic"), 1999 (Music/{{Eminem}} with "My Name Is"), 2001 (Music/AliciaKeys with "Fallin'"; Music/{{Coldplay}} is the only nominee that can compete with her), 2002 (Music/AvrilLavigne with "Complicated"), 2004 (Music/{{Maroon 5}} (Music/Maroon5 with "This Love"; although it's a close call with Music/KanyeWest), 2005 (Music/TheKillers with "Mr. Brightside"), 2009 (Music/LadyGaga with "Poker Face"; another close one with Music/{{Drake}}), 2010 (Music/JustinBieber with "Baby") and 2012 (Music/OneDirection with "What Makes You Beautiful").



** Music/HootieAndTheBlowfish won in 1995, so they're an aversion. However, their legacy hasn't aged quite as well as that of, say, Music/JeffBuckley.

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** Music/HootieAndTheBlowfish won in 1995, so they're an aversion. However, their legacy hasn't aged quite as well as that of, say, Music/JeffBuckley. And their lead singer Darius Rucker has largely left the rock genre, establishing a quite successful career as a solo country artist.



** Music/FiftyCent's "In da Club" was 2003's victor. While it's easily one of the most iconic songs of the new millennium, his career hasn't aged nearly as well as Music/KellyClarkson. Interestingly, Clarkson's nominated song, "Miss Independent" is seen as one of her lesser-known hits. The biggest song that can compete fame-wise to "In da Club" is "[[Music/{{Evanescence}} Bring Me to Life]]"

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** Music/FiftyCent's "In da Club" was 2003's victor. While it's easily one of the most iconic songs of the new millennium, his career hasn't aged nearly as well as Music/KellyClarkson. Interestingly, Clarkson's nominated song, "Miss Independent" is seen as one of her lesser-known hits. The biggest song that can compete fame-wise to "In da Club" is "[[Music/{{Evanescence}} Bring Me to Life]]"Life]]".
4th Aug '16 11:19:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** As of Jun 2010, he is the host of ''TopShot'', a competitive reality show on the History channel that features marksmen and shooting challenges.

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** As of Jun 2010, he is the host of ''TopShot'', ''Series/TopShot'', a competitive reality show on the History channel that features marksmen and shooting challenges.
31st Jul '16 7:02:48 AM twilicorn
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* Speaking of the EurovisionSongContest, Gali Atari & Milk and Honey won in 1979, but outside of Israel, where Hallelujah's still really well-known, very few people know who they are. One of the losers, however? ''Music/DschinghisKhan''. Enough said, really.

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* Speaking of the EurovisionSongContest, Series/EurovisionSongContest
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Gali Atari & Milk and Honey won in 1979, but outside of Israel, where Hallelujah's still really well-known, very few people know who they are. One of the losers, however? ''Music/DschinghisKhan''. Enough said, really.


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** Not even the junior contest is immune to this. Jack Garratt fared poorly in the 2005 UK preselection, but became a respected vocalist in adulthood during TheNewTens and is well on his way to eclipsing all the other JESC stars in popularity.
29th Jul '16 10:35:37 PM 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 public vote and Sergey Lazarev (Russia) won the jury, but both artists scored significantly lower in the opposite category. Jamala (Ukraine), however, scored second place in both categories, which gave her enough overall points to win the contest.

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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 public vote and Sergey Lazarev (Russia) won the jury, but both artists scored significantly lower in the opposite category. Jamala (Ukraine), however, scored second place in both categories, both, which gave her enough overall points to win the contest.
29th Jul '16 10:29:40 PM 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 weighed 50/50 in choosing the winner, but both would be tallied separately. Thus, Dami Im (Australia) won the public vote and Sergey Lazarev (Russia) won the jury, but both artists scored significantly lower in the opposite category. Jamala (Ukraine), however, scored second place in both categories, which gave her enough overall points to win the contest.

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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 weighed 50/50 in tallied separately before choosing the winner, but both would be tallied separately.winner. Thus, Dami Im (Australia) won the public vote and Sergey Lazarev (Russia) won the jury, but both artists scored significantly lower in the opposite category. Jamala (Ukraine), however, scored second place in both categories, which gave her enough overall points to win the contest.
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