History Main / TheRunnerUpTakesItAll

6th Dec '17 5:35:03 PM igordebraga
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** Music/FifthHarmony beat out Music/FiveSecondsOfSummer in 2014. At first, this was seen as an upset as 5SOS was easily the bigger name at the time. Most people were expecting the latter to win easily. However, as time went on, 5SOS's popularity waned and 5H proved to be the more successful act. Overall, it's played perfectly straight, as Music/SamSmith remains the biggest name of the bunch.

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** Music/FifthHarmony beat out Music/FiveSecondsOfSummer in 2014. At first, this was seen as an upset as 5SOS was easily the bigger name at the time. Most people were expecting the latter to win easily. However, as time went on, 5SOS's popularity waned and 5H proved to be the more successful act. Overall, it's played perfectly straight, as Music/SamSmith remains the biggest name of the bunch.bunch.
* Brazil had two Miss Universe winners. And yet, the country remembers mostly two that wound in second place in the pageant: Martha Rocha in 1954, who reportedly lost due to the winner having hips 2 inches smaller than Martha's and inspired even the name of a pastry; and Natalia Guimarães in 2007, as people barely believed [[http://sp4.fotolog.com/photo/20/28/59/hobbit07/1284343746075_f.jpg the voluptuous, statuesque girl lost to a much less eye-catching Japanese.]]
20th Nov '17 9:06:46 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* ''Series/TheXFactor'' has played this trope straight. The runners up from the first series, the vocal group G4, were ultimately more successful than winner Steve Brookstein, whose coronation single was his [[OneHitWonder only hit ever]], although this was more to do with diusputes with the label, who he has been INCREDIBLY critical of since. In the 2009 series, runner up Olly Murs seems to have become more successful than winner Joe [=McElderry=] (whose singing career looked to have been kind of a non-starter after very publicly losing the Christmas number one single spot to Music/RageAgainstTheMachine - he released a cover of a Norweigan song that disappointed, his follow up singles went nowhere, and his appearance on another talent competition reality show, ''Popstar to Operastar'', was mainly to build up whatever momentum he had left), as have [[SoBadItsGood memorable]] and [[AnimeHair visually distinctive]] duo Jedward, who appear to be getting into children's TV presenting and advertising and have twice carried the Irish baton at Series/{{Eurovision|SongContest}} successfully enough.

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* ''Series/TheXFactor'' has played this trope straight. The runners up from the first series, the vocal group G4, were ultimately more successful than winner Steve Brookstein, whose coronation single was his [[OneHitWonder only hit ever]], although this was more to do with diusputes with the label, who he has been INCREDIBLY critical of since. In the 2009 series, runner up Olly Murs seems to have become more successful than winner Joe [=McElderry=] (whose singing career looked to have been kind of a non-starter after very publicly losing the Christmas number one single spot to Music/RageAgainstTheMachine - he released a cover of a Norweigan Norwegian song that disappointed, his follow up singles went nowhere, and his appearance on another talent competition reality show, ''Popstar to Operastar'', was mainly to build up whatever momentum he had left), as have [[SoBadItsGood memorable]] and [[AnimeHair visually distinctive]] duo Jedward, who appear to be getting into children's TV presenting and advertising and have twice carried the Irish baton at Series/{{Eurovision|SongContest}} successfully enough.
19th Nov '17 9:41:07 AM Ulkomaalainen
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** This also applies to the Eurovision preselections. In 2013 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winny_Puhh Winny Puhh]] participated in the 2013 Estonian national final, the ''Eesti Laul''. The band's spectacular performance, which took the aforementioned Lordi UpToEleven, placed third in ''Eesti Laul'' yet the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dllo85ZSUk YouTube video of their performance]] gained over a million views in just a month. On the other hand, the ''actual'' Estonian entrant Birgit Oigemeel (who ironically was an Estonian ''Idol'' winner in the past) barely scraped into the final, and finished 20th.

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** This also applies to the Eurovision preselections. In 2013 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winny_Puhh Winny Puhh]] participated in the 2013 Estonian national final, the ''Eesti Laul''. The band's spectacular performance, which took the aforementioned Lordi UpToEleven, placed third in ''Eesti Laul'' yet the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dllo85ZSUk YouTube video of their performance]] gained over a million views in just a month. On the other hand, the ''actual'' Estonian entrant Birgit Oigemeel (who ironically was an Estonian ''Idol'' winner in the past) barely scraped into the final, and finished 20th.
19th Nov '17 9:34:41 AM Ulkomaalainen
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** David Cook and David Archuleta have had about equal success, but neither of them really became superstars.
** Really the only actual winners who are still more popular than all others from their season are Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jordin Sparks.
** At least initially, the Top Two ''Idol'' finalists were locked into an onerous contract with 19 Management which basically signed over their souls. While those who finished lower got a lot of the same buzz but were not so encumbered and were free to manage their careers properly. After Jennifer Hudson's success, 19 Management has since changed the rules to have access to anyone in the top ten.
19th Nov '17 9:33:09 AM Ulkomaalainen
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** Season Five champion Taylor Hicks, while making big bucks in Las Vegas, has been outdone, mainstream success-wise, by two of his competitors: fourth-placer Chris Daughtry as the frontman for the band Daughtry, and sixth-placer Kellie Pickler, who later went on to compete on (and win) Season 16 of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. Even Katharine [=McPhee=], who came second and ended up more successful as an actress, is better known than him.
*** Chris Daughtry might be the best example of this trope, as he currently sits behind winners Music/KellyClarkson and Music/CarrieUnderwood as the third-highest-selling ''Idol'' contestant. And again - fourth place, meaning that the collective American consciousness felt there were three better contestants than him.

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** Season Five champion Taylor Hicks, while making big bucks in Las Vegas, has been outdone, mainstream success-wise, by two of his competitors: fourth-placer Chris Daughtry as the frontman for the band Daughtry, and sixth-placer Kellie Pickler, who later went on to compete on (and win) Season 16 of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. Even Katharine [=McPhee=], who came second and ended up more successful as an actress, is better known than him.
*** Chris Daughtry might be the best example of this trope, as he
currently sits behind winners Music/KellyClarkson and Music/CarrieUnderwood as the third-highest-selling ''Idol'' contestant. And again - fourth place, meaning that the collective American consciousness felt there were three better contestants than him.
8th Oct '17 2:07:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/ProjectRunway'' has had its fair share of runner-ups both breaking into the industry and generally being more well-known than the winners; the only winner, out of its eight-plus seasons, that has actually come through is Season 4's Christian Siriano (ironically, he's the youngest winner in the show's history). The most well-known players are probably Season 1's Austin Scarlett (fourth place) and Season 2's Santino Rice (third place); both had their own reality show airing on Lifetime and in Santino's case is now well known as a recurring judge on ''RuPaulsDragRace''.

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* ''Series/ProjectRunway'' has had its fair share of runner-ups both breaking into the industry and generally being more well-known than the winners; the only winner, out of its eight-plus seasons, that has actually come through is Season 4's Christian Siriano (ironically, he's the youngest winner in the show's history). The most well-known players are probably Season 1's Austin Scarlett (fourth place) and Season 2's Santino Rice (third place); both had their own reality show airing on Lifetime and in Santino's case is now well known as a recurring judge on ''RuPaulsDragRace''.''Series/RuPaulsDragRace''.
7th Oct '17 9:28:00 AM twilicorn
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** Still too early to tell with Flume and Kai's "Never be Like You", which did at least reach the Top 20 in the US, although that still pales compared to the Weeknd's "Starboy" (#10), probably the biggest hit on the countdown overall that year.



** The 2016 winner, Music/{{Flume}}'s "Never Be Like You" was modestly successful and was nominated for a Grammy, but it's nowhere near as {{memetic|Mutation}} as Music/ChildishGambino's "Redbone" (of "What Redbone would sound like if X" fame), which placed fifth.

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** The Flume and Kai's "Never be Like You", the 2016 winner, Music/{{Flume}}'s "Never Be Like You" was modestly successful did at least reach the Top 20 in the US and was nominated for a Grammy, but it's nowhere near as {{memetic|Mutation}} as although that still pales compared to Music/TheWeeknd and Music/DaftPunk's "Starboy" (#10), probably the biggest hit on the countdown overall that year; Music/ChildishGambino's "Redbone" (of (#5) initially went under the radar stateside but was eventually subjected to MemeticMutation in the form of "What Redbone would sound like if X" fame), which placed fifth.if..." edits.
7th Oct '17 9:21:18 AM twilicorn
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** The 2016 winner, Music/{{Flume}}'s "Never Be Like You" was modestly successful and was nominated for a Grammy, but it's nowhere near as {{memetic|Mutation}} as Music/ChildishGambino's "Redbone" (of "What Redbone would sound like if X" fame), which placed fifth.
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.
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