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21st May '16 5:47:37 PM JamesAustin
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** Season 1: DanielBryan became one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE history, becoming a one-time World Heavyweight Champion and a three time WWE Champion while WadeBarrett hasn't had anything as big as his initial world title chase during the Nexus angle -- it took a gimmick overhaul into a messenger of "bad news" to regain him some of the popularity he had lost since then. The season's only other notable success story was sixth-placer Skip Sheffield, who became mega-face Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and soared to main event status only months after his re-debut. Like Barrett, his popularity waned very quickly after his

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** Season 1: DanielBryan [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] became one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE history, becoming a one-time World Heavyweight Champion and a three time WWE Champion while WadeBarrett Wrestling/WadeBarrett hasn't had anything as big as his initial world title chase during the Nexus angle -- it took a gimmick overhaul into a messenger of "bad news" to regain him some of the popularity he had lost since then. The season's only other notable success story was sixth-placer Skip Sheffield, who became mega-face Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and soared to main event status only months after his re-debut. Like Barrett, his popularity waned very quickly after his
16th May '16 5:43:23 AM Adept
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----* A downplayed example from ''Series/MasterchefAustralia''. Season 7 winner Billie isn't doing bad, having earned herself a respectable career in the cooking industry as a new member of Heston Blumenthal's "The Fat Duck". But the one who got the most out of the show is probably 4th place Reynold. Hailed as the "Dessert King" of the show, he proved to be one of the most popular contestants the series has to offer; and after getting eliminated, he managed to open a successful dessert bar in Sydney. He was brought back in Season 8 to coordinate one of the Pressure Tests, an honour typically reserved for only the best cooks in the country.
14th May '16 7:01:04 AM LaptopGuy
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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'"), 2002 (Music/AvrilLavigne with "Complicated"), 2004 (Music/{{Maroon 5}} with "This Love"), 2005 (Music/TheKillers with "Mr. Brightside"), 2009 (Music/LadyGaga with "Poker Face"), 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'"), "Fallin'"; Music/{{Coldplay}} is the only nominee that can compete with her), 2002 (Music/AvrilLavigne with "Complicated"), 2004 (Music/{{Maroon 5}} with "This Love"), Love"; although it's a close call with Music/KanyeWest), 2005 (Music/TheKillers with "Mr. Brightside"), 2009 (Music/LadyGaga with "Poker Face"), 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.

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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.


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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]]"


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** Music/OneDirection, who won in 2012, are an aversion, as they are by far the most successful of the nominees. However, their winning song "What Makes You Beautiful" isn't ''quite'' as iconic as Music/CarlyRaeJepsen's "Call Me Maybe".
** Austin Mahone, who won in 2013, was a fairly popular teen idol, but his career was held back by the continued popularity of One Direction. Thus, his career quickly fizzled out, and he himself faded into obscurity. His opponents included Music/IggyAzalea, Music/TwentyOnePilots, Music/TheWeeknd, and Music/{{Zedd}, all of whom had considerably more success than him.
** 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.
14th May '16 12:50:26 AM Doug86
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* {{CMT}}'s ''Can You Duet'' (a two-season show that formed new musical duos) zig-zagged this trope:

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* {{CMT}}'s Creator/{{CMT}}'s ''Can You Duet'' (a two-season show that formed new musical duos) zig-zagged this trope:
13th May '16 10:57:33 PM BigBertha
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** The first winner was Music/{{Eurythmics}} in 1984 with the iconic "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)". One of the artists they beat was none other than the queen of pop herself, Music/{{Madonna}}, as well as ''two'' Music/CyndiLauper classics.
** Music/{{Aha}} won in 1986 for "Take on Me". Although it's most likely the best remembered of the songs, the band themselves haven't done as well as Music/WhitneyHouston.

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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'"), 2002 (Music/AvrilLavigne with "Complicated"), 2004 (Music/{{Maroon 5}} with "This Love"), 2005 (Music/TheKillers with "Mr. Brightside"), 2009 (Music/LadyGaga with "Poker Face"), 2010 (Music/JustinBieber with "Baby") and 2012 (Music/OneDirection with "What Makes You Beautiful").
** The first winner was Music/{{Eurythmics}} in 1984 with the iconic "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)". One of the artists they beat was none other than the queen of pop herself, Music/{{Madonna}}, as well as ''two'' Music/CyndiLauper classics.
classics ("Time After Time" and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun").
** 'Til Tuesday won in 1985 with "Voices Carry". Lead singer Aimee Mann became an Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter, but solo or not her commercial success is barely a blip compared to Music/{{Sade}}, whose "Smooth Operator" was also nominated that year.
** Music/{{Aha}} won in 1986 for "Take on Me". Although it's most likely the best remembered It's certainly one of the songs, 80's most iconic tracks, but [[AmericansHateTingle a-ha never had much success Stateside]]. Music/WhitneyHouston was the band themselves haven't done as well as Music/WhitneyHouston.clear winner in the long term.



** 1992 and 1993 were won by Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/StoneTemplePilots, respectively: with the exception of Music/ToriAmos in '92, none of the runner ups from either year have been able to capture the same legacy as the latter, let alone the former.



** 1995 and 1996, won by Music/HootieAndTheBlowfish and Music/AlanisMorissette, respectively, are also aversions.

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** 1995 and 1996, won by Music/HootieAndTheBlowfish and Music/AlanisMorissette, respectively, are also aversions.won in 1995, so they're an aversion.



** Music/MileyCyrus, Music/KatyPerry, Music/TaylorSwift, and Jordin Sparks were beat in 2008 by Music/TokioHotel. However, Tokio faded into obscurity shortly afterwards and, aside from Sparks, the runners-up became pop megastars.

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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, aside from Sparks, and the runners-up former three became pop megastars.megastars.
** Music/TylerTheCreator, who won in 2011, is a popular underground rapper, but his success isn't nearly as great as Wiz Khalifa.
13th May '16 11:39:37 AM BigBertha
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** The first winner was Music/{{Eurythmics}} in 1984 with the iconic "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)". One of the artists they beat was none other than the queen of pop herself, Music/{{Madonna}}, as well as ''two'' Music/CyndiLauper classics.



** 1990 winner Michael Penn didn't have a very long career and largely faded into the shadows of The Black Crowes and Lenny Kravitz (although neither with their more well-known songs). "Black Velvet" is the best remembered song of the bunch.

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** 1990 winner Michael Penn didn't have a very long career career, choosing to marry the lead singer of '85 winners 'Til Tuesday, and largely faded into the shadows of The Black Crowes and Lenny Kravitz (although neither with their more well-known songs). "Black Velvet" is the best remembered song of the bunch.



** 1992 and 1993 were won by Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/StoneTemplePilots, respectively: with the exception of Music/ToriAmos, none of the runner ups from either year have been able to capture the same legacy as the latter, let alone the former.

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** 1992 and 1993 were won by Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/StoneTemplePilots, respectively: with the exception of Music/ToriAmos, Music/ToriAmos in '92, none of the runner ups from either year have been able to capture the same legacy as the latter, let alone the former.
13th May '16 8:20:59 AM LaptopGuy
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** Just about everyone listed on Website/{{Cracked}}'s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15856_the-7-most-unforgivable-grammy-award-snubs-all-time.html 7 Most Unforgivable Grammy Snubs]] fit this trope, including the previously-mentioned A Taste Of Honey.

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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. However, his popularity has waned considerably since then, and Music/EdSheeran and Music/KendrickLamar became more popular than him.
** Just about everyone listed on Website/{{Cracked}}'s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15856_the-7-most-unforgivable-grammy-award-snubs-all-time.html 7 Most Unforgivable Grammy Snubs]] fit this trope, including the previously-mentioned A Taste Of Honey.Honey (although only in relation to Costello's snub).



** The winner taking it all is actually very rare in the contest - of the 23 annual Hottest 100's that have been held, there have been only eleven cases thus far where the winner took it all -- or, at the very least, is still well-known today: Music/TheCranberries' "Zombie" in 1994, Music/{{Oasis}}' "Wonderwall" in 1995, Music/TheOffspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" in 1998, Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge's "No One Knows" in 2002, Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" in 2003, Music/FranzFerdinand's "Take Me Out" in 2004, Music/{{Muse}}'s "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" in 2006[[note]]which almost became an example of this trope as its win over the eventual runner-up, Silverchair's "Straight Lines", was by a mere 14 votes, the closest margin in Triple J history[[/note]], Music/KingsOfLeon's "Sex on Fire" in 2008, Mumford and Sons' "Little Lion Man" in 2009, Music/{{Gotye}}'s "Somebody That I Used to Know" in 2011 and Music/{{Macklemore}}'s "Thrift Shop" in 2012. "Riptide" would be listed here since it also crossed over to the US charts but as noted below, it was nowhere near as big as the second and third-placed songs and also tends to be overshadowed by the fourth placed song.

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** The winner taking it all is actually very rare in the contest - of the 23 annual Hottest 100's that have been held, there have been only eleven cases thus far where the winner took it all -- or, at the very least, is still well-known today: winning song didn't fade into obscurity: Music/TheCranberries' "Zombie" in 1994, Music/{{Oasis}}' "Wonderwall" in 1995, Music/TheOffspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" in 1998, Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge's "No One Knows" in 2002, Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" in 2003, Music/FranzFerdinand's "Take Me Out" in 2004, Music/{{Muse}}'s "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" in 2006[[note]]which almost became an example of this trope as its win over the eventual runner-up, Silverchair's "Straight Lines", was by a mere 14 votes, the closest margin in Triple J history[[/note]], Music/KingsOfLeon's "Sex on Fire" in 2008, Mumford and Sons' "Little Lion Man" in 2009, Music/{{Gotye}}'s "Somebody That I Used to Know" in 2011 and Music/{{Macklemore}}'s "Thrift Shop" in 2012. "Riptide" would be listed here since it also crossed over to the US charts but as noted below, it was nowhere near as big as the second and third-placed songs and also tends to be overshadowed by the fourth placed song.


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** Music/{{Aha}} won in 1986 for "Take on Me". Although it's most likely the best remembered of the songs, the band themselves haven't done as well as Music/WhitneyHouston.
** Music/LivingColour beat out Music/PaulaAbdul in 1989, although their winning song "Cult of Personality" is, like "Take on Me", probably the best remembered song.
** 1990 winner Michael Penn didn't have a very long career and largely faded into the shadows of The Black Crowes and Lenny Kravitz (although neither with their more well-known songs). "Black Velvet" is the best remembered song of the bunch.
** Jesus Jones won in 1991. Music/{{Seal}} was the only one who is remembered as anything more than a one-hit wonder (although Deee-Lite was the only actual one-hit wonder there).
** 1992 and 1993 were won by Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/StoneTemplePilots, respectively: with the exception of Music/ToriAmos, none of the runner ups from either year have been able to capture the same legacy as the latter, let alone the former.
** Music/CountingCrows won in 1994. While still well-respected, they aren't nearly as iconic as Music/{{Beck}} or Music/GreenDay.
** 1995 and 1996, won by Music/HootieAndTheBlowfish and Music/AlanisMorissette, respectively, are also aversions.
** Music/FionaApple in 1997 is a weird case. Her winning song "Sleep to Dream" is the least known of the five nominees, but she herself is probably the best known of them all.
** Macy Gray beat out Music/ChristinaAguilera, Music/PapaRoach, Music/{{Pink}}, and Sisqo. Of those, only Sisqo was more quickly forgotten than Gray.
** Music/AvengedSevenfold are easily one of the biggest metal bands of the new millennium, but one of the artists they beat out for the 2006 prize was Music/{{Rihanna}}.
** Music/GymClassHeroes, 2007's winners, have had their fair share of success, but they're barely a blip compared to female icons Music/CarrieUnderwood and Music/AmyWinehouse.
** Music/MileyCyrus, Music/KatyPerry, Music/TaylorSwift, and Jordin Sparks were beat in 2008 by Music/TokioHotel. However, Tokio faded into obscurity shortly afterwards and, aside from Sparks, the runners-up became pop megastars.
6th May '16 9:10:02 PM PerfumePreppy
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* 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.

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* 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 winner; Cassadee Pope as from Season 3 may be the leading success story.story, but Melanie Martinez from that same season has also achieved considerable success after her stint on the show.
6th May '16 9:04:23 PM PerfumePreppy
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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 Season 16 of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and beat fan-favorite {{Zendaya}} for the mirrorball trophy. Even Katharine [=McPhee=], who came second and whose musical career has yet to set the world alight (she's had more success as an actress), is better known 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'' and beat fan-favorite {{Zendaya}} for the mirrorball trophy. ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. Even Katharine [=McPhee=], who came second and whose musical career has yet to set the world alight (she's had ended up more success successful as an actress), actress, is better known than him.



** Casey James is the most successful singer from Season 9, having a few songs on the country chart, but the most successful of the finalists is Katie Stevens, who finished 8th place, but emerged five years later as one of the stars of the hit show FakingIt. Chances are no one remembers any of the other contestants, including Casey (except for Lee Dewyze being the worst winner ever)
*** The only other contestant from the Season who gets any attention is Todrick Hall, who didn't make the Top 12, but became a successful YouTube celebrity.
*** 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 Week, but emerged in 2015, still making music.

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** Casey James is the most successful singer from Season 9, having a few songs on the country chart, but the most successful of the finalists is Katie Stevens, who finished 8th place, but emerged five years later as one of the stars of the hit show FakingIt. Chances are no one remembers any of the other Top 24 contestants, including Casey (except for Lee Dewyze [=Lee DeWyze=] being the worst winner ever)
ever).
*** The only other contestant contestants from the Season season who gets get any attention is are Todrick Hall, who didn't make the Top 12, but became a successful YouTube celebrity.
*** That's not even pointing out that the most successful singing contestant from the season was
celebrity, and Tori Kelly, who didn't even make it past Hollywood Week, but emerged in 2015, still making music.2015 with the album "Unbreakable Smile".
6th May '16 9:00:40 PM PerfumePreppy
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** Season Five champion Taylor Hicks has been outdone by two of his competitors: fourth-placer Chris Daughtry and sixth-placer Kellie Pickler. Even Katharine [=McPhee=], who came second and whose musical career has yet to set the world alight (she's had more success as an actress), is better known than him.

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** Season Five champion Taylor Hicks Hicks, while making big bucks in Las Vegas, has been outdone 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.Pickler, who later went on to compete on Season 16 of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and beat fan-favorite {{Zendaya}} for the mirrorball trophy. Even Katharine [=McPhee=], who came second and whose musical career has yet to set the world alight (she's had more success as an actress), is better known than him.
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