"I actually wish you had forgotten the lyrics, because it was such a pointless performance."
Hopeless Auditionees are found on many a Talent Show
. The first couple of shows will show the auditions process- and these will always turn up.
They have no talent, a false belief that they do
and may be subjected to some abuse from the judging panel before being sent home. Some have criticized these sorts of appearances as "cruelty to the mentally-ill".
Actually examining the audition process, however, reveals that these people believe they are good enough because the people running the show have led them to believe they are
. The auditions usually run on a three tier system, with the celebrity judges being the final tier. The first two tiers will approve people who are very good, people who are maybe good enough, and people who are awful for entertainment value
- letting the awful ones believe that they're there because they're good.
In short, it's a sadistic ritual wherein real people are humiliated in front of an audience of millions for the sake of a few giggles
. Naturally, this is a subtrope of Expectation Lowerer
; the audience feels better by watching people worse than them.
Every once in a while, a Hopeless Auditionee will actually pass
the auditions. If they get far enough, they may even become an Elimination Houdini
. If a Hopeless Auditionee can't wrap their head around the idea that they might not be the most talented thing on two feet, they're Giftedly Bad
Compare Terrible Interviewees Montage
. Contrast Failed Audition Plot
, where a character who fails an audition early in the story decides to pursue their dreams regardless.
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- Always a highlight of any Legion of Super-Heroes audition are the people with lame powers trying their best to impress the Legion.
- One Judge Dredd strip in the Metro newspaper (and reprinted in the Megazine) showed a talent show where one of the failed contestants (an Elvis Impersonator no less) comes back and holds the panel hostage. Dredd beats him up and arrests him, only to be criticised for the lack of style in his violence. Dredd arrests them too.
- Dreadful Musician Cacofonix hosts a talent contest of the reality show style in Astérix and Obelix's Birthday, and proceeds to find the contestants are singers even worse than he is.
- The Mitch Benn song "Sing Like an Angel" is from the perspective of a Hopeless Auditionee who comes across as genuinely delusional. The focus is on how this unfortunate person is about to be humiliated for entertainment purposes ... and on leaving the studio, still doesn't realise it.
Gonna win fans and admirers,
When they see me on TV,
'Cos I can sing like an angel,
And now everyone will see.
- Many colleges, especially Ivy League and other universities built on their reputation for being hard to get into, will encourage as many people as possible to apply. This way, they can show off that they only accept a small percentage of applicants, making them seem selective and prestigious. This practice can unfortunately lead to giving students the false impression that they're definitely qualified to go to said university—making it a crushing disappointment when the school of their dreams denies them entrance.