History Main / TheRunnerUpTakesItAll

22nd Apr '18 3:28:55 PM lalaTKG
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** Averted in 1965, which was won by Music/TheBeatles. who by the time of their win already achieved more than their competition ever would ''combined''. Had someone else won and they would today be considered the ''Film/HowGreenWasMyValley'' of the Grammys.

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** Averted in 1965, which was won by Music/TheBeatles. Music/TheBeatles, who by the time of their win already achieved more than their competition ever would ''combined''. Had someone else won and they would today be considered the ''Film/HowGreenWasMyValley'' of the Grammys.
17th Apr '18 11:01:18 AM twilicorn
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** Music/MileyCyrus, Music/KatyPerry, Music/TaylorSwift, and Jordin Sparks were beat in 2008 by the German emo-pop-rock group Music/TokioHotel. The band won due to their huge at-the-time fanbase, despite not having a hit single in America. 2008 was one of the first years where voting was open to the public, and their fans stuffed the ballot full of votes in their favor. However, Tokio faded into obscurity shortly afterwards and the former three became pop megastars.

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** Music/MileyCyrus, Music/KatyPerry, Music/TaylorSwift, and Jordin Sparks were beat in 2008 by the German emo-pop-rock group Music/TokioHotel. The band won due to their huge at-the-time fanbase, [[NoHitWonder despite not having a hit single in America.America]]. 2008 was one of the first years where voting was open to the public, and their fans stuffed the ballot full of votes in their favor. However, Tokio faded into obscurity shortly afterwards and the former three became pop megastars.
15th Apr '18 11:02:01 PM Twentington
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** 2010's biggest hit was "Love Like Crazy" by Lee Brice, which only got to #3, and became the first song ever to take the ''Billboard'' Year-End honor for country despite not peaking at #1 on the main charts. This is due mainly to "Love Like Crazy" setting a new record for the longest run in the chart's history, as it spent a whopping ''56'' weeks on the charts.

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** 2010's biggest hit was "Love Like Crazy" by Lee Brice, Music/LeeBrice, which only got to #3, and became the first song ever to take the ''Billboard'' Year-End honor for country despite not peaking at #1 on the main charts. This is due mainly to "Love Like Crazy" setting a new record for the longest run in the chart's history, as it spent a whopping ''56'' weeks on the charts.
9th Apr '18 7:06:06 AM thelivingtoad
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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.

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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.of their critically acclaimed fellow nominees Music/JeffBuckley and Music/{{Portishead}}. And their lead singer Darius Rucker has largely left the rock genre, establishing a quite successful career as a solo country artist.
9th Apr '18 7:01:57 AM thelivingtoad
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** Music/MileyCyrus, Music/KatyPerry, Music/TaylorSwift, and Jordin Sparks were beat in 2008 by Music/TokioHotel. However, Tokio faded into obscurity shortly afterwards and the former three became pop megastars.

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** Music/MileyCyrus, Music/KatyPerry, Music/TaylorSwift, and Jordin Sparks were beat in 2008 by Music/TokioHotel.the German emo-pop-rock group Music/TokioHotel. The band won due to their huge at-the-time fanbase, despite not having a hit single in America. 2008 was one of the first years where voting was open to the public, and their fans stuffed the ballot full of votes in their favor. However, Tokio faded into obscurity shortly afterwards and the former three became pop megastars.
5th Apr '18 8:59:15 PM nombretomado
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** More recently (2011), Miz has become the WWE Champion and has successfully defended the title at Wrestlemania, while Morrison's career subsequently stalled in lower midcard hell.

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** More recently (2011), In 2011, Miz has become becomes the WWE Champion and has successfully defended defends the title at Wrestlemania, [=WrestleMania=], while Morrison's career subsequently stalled stalls in lower midcard hell.



** 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.

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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 post-[=WrestleMania=] crowd sang his theme song, leading to the short lived "Fandangoing" craze.



* The 2004 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).

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* The 2004 Wrestling/WWEDivaSearch. Wrestling/ChristyHemme won the contest and got put on TV almost immediately. She then got pushed into a WrestleMania [=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).
30th Mar '18 4:30:13 AM thelivingtoad
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* For a while, ''Series/CanadianIdol'' Season 5 winner Brian Melo had the best career of the singers that season, if only because his winner's single hit #11 on the Canadian Hot 100. A few of the winners such as Ryan Malcolm and Kalan Porter had number one hits on the old Canadian charts, but that chart used the outdated method of counting only single sales (for example, Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" remake stayed in the top 20 for over three years!). Four years later, third-placer Music/CarlyRaeJepsen released the single "Call Me Maybe," which not only became the show's first top 10 hit, but also reached number-one. But that was only just the beginning. Shortly after the song reached the top, Music/JustinBieber tweeted that he was a fan of the song and made a video of it with his friends. With million of people hearing about Carly for the first time ever, her song proceeded to top over ten other national charts including the Hot 100 in the United States, and become a full-fledged [[MemeticMutation meme]], especially after a Barack Obama-inspired parody was released. Then Jepsen's third album ''E•MO•TION'' turned her into a critical darling, and subsequently one of the most acclaimed pop acts of the 2010s. Jepsen remains the only ''Canadian Idol'' contestant to be famous outside of Canada.

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* For a while, ''Series/CanadianIdol'' Season 5 winner Brian Melo had the best career of the singers that season, if only because his winner's single hit #11 on the Canadian Hot 100. A few of the winners such as Ryan Malcolm and Kalan Porter had number one hits on the old Canadian charts, but that chart used the outdated method of counting only single sales (for example, Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" remake stayed in the top 20 for over three years!). Four years later, third-placer Music/CarlyRaeJepsen released the single "Call Me Maybe," which not only became the show's first top 10 hit, but also reached number-one. But that was only just the beginning. Shortly after the song reached the top, Music/JustinBieber tweeted that he was a fan of the song and made a video of it with his friends. With million millions of people hearing about Carly for the first time ever, her song proceeded to top over ten other national charts including the Hot 100 in the United States, and become a full-fledged [[MemeticMutation meme]], especially after a Barack Obama-inspired parody was released. Then Jepsen's third album ''E•MO•TION'' turned her into a critical darling, and subsequently one of the most acclaimed pop acts of the 2010s. Jepsen remains the only ''Canadian Idol'' contestant to be famous outside of Canada.
15th Mar '18 8:29:37 AM SarcasticPumpkin
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** Ukraine's "Dancing Lasha Tumbai", the runner up song in 2007, outsold Serbia's winning song, "Molitva". [[CurbStompBattle By almost double]]. In the long-term, Serbia's entrant Marija Serefovic was more successful, but Russia's Serebro (3rd) had the most successful act that year.

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** Ukraine's "Dancing Lasha Tumbai", the runner up song in 2007, outsold Serbia's winning song, "Molitva". [[CurbStompBattle By almost double]]. In the long-term, Serbia's entrant Marija Serefovic Šerifović was more successful, but Russia's Serebro (3rd) had the most successful act that year.
27th Feb '18 4:42:19 AM MummyGaGa
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** Aubry and Tai were the runner-ups of ''Kaoh Rong'', but they are more well-known than the actual winner of the season (who criticized for [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass not being a very strategic winner]]). In fact, they both return for ''Game Changers'' where they went on to the last two jury members of that season.
4th Feb '18 12:59:54 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** However, this was played straight in the female fighting ranks. Creator/RondaRousey, who was heavily promoted for her ability to end fights with a submission hold during the opening seconds of the first round and being undefeated, suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Holly Holm who was her biggest test. Despite the defeat and the huge HypeBacklash from fans, the [[UpToEleven media doubled down]] in promoting Rousey, by putting her in movies, on the cover of popular magazines, high profile television interviews, etc., while Holly Holm quickly faded into the background with the media treating her win over Rousey like a fluke, because of the upcoming mandatory rematch.
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