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11th Feb '16 10:26:03 PM RoseAndHeather
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** And fulfilling the trope to the letter, runner-up Jessie Buckley went to RADA, made quite the splash at the Creator/RoyalShakespeareCompany and broke into television with glowing reviews for her role as Princess Marya Bolkonskaya in the Creator/{{BBC}}'s 2016 adaptation of literary classic ''Literature/WarAndPeace''.
7th Feb '16 6:28:21 PM RustyBill
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7th Feb '16 6:21:09 PM Dame_Hanalla
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Example for the French version of Idols
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* Similarly, on the French Popstars, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chim%C3%A8ne_Badi Chimene Badi]] ended up doing much better than the winners (a group of four).
6th Feb '16 11:09:14 PM Nakuyabi
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For the talent-based shows, the reason can be described easily. When you win, you're ''hot,'' and the producers of the show want to capitalize on that. This leads to getting pushed too fast and too hard. With singers, for example, it might involve churning out a sub-par album to capitalize on their star power. HypeBacklash sets in, and people will tend to get a little sick of them. But for the contestants who finish lower in the ranks, they still have all the recognition--all of the same people watched the show, after all--but are allowed to relax, work at their own pace, and develop a high-quality body of work that people are more likely to enjoy. Also note that, almost by definition, many more people ''don't'' win than do (for every winner, there are multiple "runners-up" from the top Ten or Twelve contestants.) So even if any given winner is more likely to hit it big than any given runner-up, you still might see more runners-up who become stars than winners. Another reason is that they runner-up simply decided that they aren't good as that field (they did lost afterall) but instead discovered their own niche during their time on the show (acting is the most prominent) and pursue that career path without the trapping of the winner. This trope is also common in awards shows such as the Oscars or the Grammys, where the winner can vanish almost as soon as they win, and then get completely overshadowed by at least one of the people they beat in that category. User polls can also generate this, such as the one for Australian AlternativeRock radio station Creator/TripleJ's annual ''Hottest 100'' poll, at least when they're not making {{Colbert Bump}}s out of the winning song(s).
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For the talent-based shows, the reason can be described easily. When you win, you're ''hot,'' and the producers of the show want to capitalize on that. This leads to getting pushed too fast and too hard. With singers, for example, it might involve churning out a sub-par album to capitalize on their star power. HypeBacklash sets in, and people will tend to get a little sick of them. But for the contestants who finish lower in the ranks, they still have all the recognition--all of the same people watched the show, after all--but are allowed to relax, work at their own pace, and develop a high-quality body of work that people are more likely to enjoy. Also note that, almost by definition, many more people ''don't'' win than do (for every winner, there are multiple "runners-up" from the top Ten or Twelve contestants.) So even if any given winner is more likely to hit it big than any given runner-up, you still might see more runners-up who become stars than winners. Another reason is that they runner-up the runner-ups simply decided that they aren't good as weren't up to par in that field (they did lost afterall) lose, after all), but instead also discovered their own niche they had talent in a different field during their time on the show (acting is the most prominent) common such talents) and pursue that successfully pursued a career path in that without attaining the trapping trappings of the original competition's winner. This trope is also common in awards shows such as the Oscars or the Grammys, where the winner winners can vanish almost as soon as they win, and then get be completely overshadowed by at least one of the people competitors they beat in that a given category. User polls can also generate this, such this kind of result, as in the one for Australian AlternativeRock radio station Creator/TripleJ's annual ''Hottest 100'' poll, poll; at least when they're not making {{Colbert Bump}}s out of the winning song(s).
6th Feb '16 2:00:47 PM LaptopGuy
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* The BRIT award for British Breakthrough act: ** In 1990 it was won by Lisa Stansfield, who had the most commercial success in the U.S., but ultimately has barely made any impact in music compared to Music/TheStoneRoses. ** 1991 was won by the long forgotten Betty Boo. Compare her success to the likes of Music/HappyMondays and Music/TheCharlatans. ** 1992 winner Beverly Craven. She's essentially a one hit wonder, and hardly anything compared to Music/{{Seal}}. ** 1993 may be the most infamous example in British history. It was won by Tasmin Archer, a singer who faded into obscurity almost completely after her hit "Sleeping Satellite". One of the acts she beat? ''Music/TakeThat''. ** 1994 winner Gabrielle was no Music/{{Jamiroquai}}. ** 1997's winner was Kula Shaker, who beat the Music/SpiceGirls. Enough said, really. ** 2001 was won by long forgotten boy band A1. One of the acts they beat would go on to become one of the biggest bands of the new millenium. Their name was Music/{{Coldplay}}. ** Music/ArcticMonkeys, who won in 2006 was initally overshadowed by James Blunt. However, they later turned it around and are far more respected than Blunt ever was despite the fact that they never had a bona-fide hit. ** The Fratellis (2007) haven't done too badly, but Music/LilyAllen is more known than they are. ** Music/{{Adele}} lost to Music/{{Duffy}} in 2009. She would later eclipse her in popularity. ** Although JLS, who won in 2010, were very popular at the time of their victory, they faded into complete obscurity only a few years later and Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine won in the long run. ** 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. **
19th Jan '16 11:16:57 AM Nyame
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** To bring everything full circle, the aforementioned Miz replaced Wrestling/HulkHogan as one of the judges of season six.
13th Jan '16 11:10:11 AM shatterstar
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For the talent-based shows, the reason can be described easily. When you win, you're ''hot,'' and the producers of the show want to capitalize on that. This leads to getting pushed too fast and too hard. With singers, for example, it might involve churning out a sub-par album to capitalize on their star power. HypeBacklash sets in, and people will tend to get a little sick of them. But for the contestants who finish lower in the ranks, they still have all the recognition--all of the same people watched the show, after all--but are allowed to relax, work at their own pace, and develop a high-quality body of work that people are more likely to enjoy. Also note that, almost by definition, many more people ''don't'' win than do (for every winner, there are multiple "runners-up" from the top Ten or Twelve contestants.) So even if any given winner is more likely to hit it big than any given runner-up, you still might see more runners-up who become stars than winners.
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For the talent-based shows, the reason can be described easily. When you win, you're ''hot,'' and the producers of the show want to capitalize on that. This leads to getting pushed too fast and too hard. With singers, for example, it might involve churning out a sub-par album to capitalize on their star power. HypeBacklash sets in, and people will tend to get a little sick of them. But for the contestants who finish lower in the ranks, they still have all the recognition--all of the same people watched the show, after all--but are allowed to relax, work at their own pace, and develop a high-quality body of work that people are more likely to enjoy. Also note that, almost by definition, many more people ''don't'' win than do (for every winner, there are multiple "runners-up" from the top Ten or Twelve contestants.) So even if any given winner is more likely to hit it big than any given runner-up, you still might see more runners-up who become stars than winners. winners. Another reason is that they runner-up simply decided that they aren't good as that field (they did lost afterall) but instead discovered their own niche during their time on the show (acting is the most prominent) and pursue that career path without the trapping of the winner.
7th Jan '16 11:32:53 AM nombretomado
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* Heather Morris was eliminated just before the top 20 of ''SoYouThinkYouCanDance''. She went on to dance for 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 ''SoYouThinkYouCanDance''.''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance''. She went on to dance for BeyonceKnowles in the Single Ladies tour and is best known for playing the famously brainless Brittany in ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
31st Dec '15 1:32:25 PM Riana1
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*** That's not even pointing out that the most successful singing contestant from the season was Tori Kelly who didn't even make it past Hollywood but emerged in 2015 as a singer.
31st Dec '15 1:11:43 PM Riana1
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* Chris Mann is ''Series/TheVoice'''s biggest success story. He finished 4th but still released a [[ChristmasSongs Christmas EP]] and a full album before any of his season's other finalists and both charted on iTunes and on Billboard. ** Arguably this was also the case with season 1's Dia Frampton and Vicci Martinez. Like Javier Colon (that season's winner) they were signed to Universal Republic, but Javier's album flopped and he eventually left the label while theirs did well enough for them to stay with the label. ** Season 3's Music/MelanieMartinez was eliminated in the top 6, but was easily the season's biggest success story, with her album selling well and garnering a strong following and good reviews.
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* Chris Mann is ''Series/TheVoice'''s biggest 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 with Cassadee Pope as the leading success story. He finished 4th but still released a [[ChristmasSongs Christmas EP]] and a full album before any of his season's other finalists and both charted on iTunes and on Billboard. ** Arguably this was also the case with season 1's Dia Frampton and Vicci Martinez. Like Javier Colon (that season's winner) they were signed to Universal Republic, but Javier's album flopped and he eventually left the label while theirs did well enough for them to stay with the label. ** Season 3's Music/MelanieMartinez was eliminated in the top 6, but was easily the season's biggest success story, with her album selling well and garnering a strong following and good reviews. story.
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