A character or a collection of characters decide, ill-advisedly, to enter a song contest or talent show (in a {{Britcom}}, usually the ''Series/EurovisionSongContest'' or a ripoff thereof) despite the fact that Alice can't sing, Bob can't write songs and Charlie can't play the ukulele. He, she, or they will either:
# Fail to win, in the most excruciating and humiliating way imaginable or
# Appear to fail to win in the most excruciating and humiliating way imaginable, and then come in first place.

If there's a whole series of these, it's a variant of TerribleIntervieweesMontage. See also HopelessAuditionees.

Please stick to in-universe examples for this page.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* The ''ComicBook/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' story "Kaz Superstar" (''Cartoon Network Block Party'' #24) lampoons William Hung's appearance on ''Series/AmericanIdol'' in that the girls' manager goes on an ''AI''-type talent show, is unilaterally kicked out of the studio, but becomes a sensation that even overshadows the girls.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Previously named for comedy ''Series/TheHighLife'', where the characters perform a song called "Pif Paf Pof".
* ''Series/FatherTed'' did this with Ted and Dougal entering Eurovision with "My Lovely Horse". Notably, they entered specifically to [[SpringtimeForHitler lose the contest for Ireland]], which was tired of hosting it.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': the winning entry from Monaco in the ''Series/EurovisionSongContest'' is a nonsensical ditty called "Bing Tiddle Tiddle Bong".
** The All-England Summarize Proust competition yielded no worthy contestants, so the award was given to [[{{Fanservice}} the girl with the biggest tits.]]
* In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', the Janitor told Elliot he was part of an ''a capella'' band, and that it was the best employee band in the hospital. This angered Ted's band who challenged him to a showdown. The result was that Elliot said they were both really good.
* In the "Hype Pressure" episode of ''Series/TheGoodies'', Graeme and Bill form a folk duo called 'the Twofolk'. They appear on Tim's cruel talent show 'New Faeces' and perform a hideous song called "The World Is Full of Women and Men". Despite being booed by the audience, they are a hit with the supposedly unscrupulous panelists, who admire the song's naïveté and purity. Tim's "theatre of cruelty" series is cancelled as a result.
* Carol Burnett, as her "Eunice" character, has a spot on ''The Gong Show'' and is so convinced that her singing talent will be her ticket away from her family that she does a lot of bridge-burning before the show. Bad idea.
* The '''entire premise''' of ''Series/TheGongShow''.
* ''Series/{{Utopia 2014}}'': Every single entrant in 'NBA's Got Talent' in "Blue Sky Thinking". Highlights include a dance act whose smoke machine sets of the fire alarm, a white accountant attempting to do gangsta rap, and Ash's truly inept magic act, where he fails to guess Tony's card multiple times.


[[folder: Pro Wrestling ]]

* WWE will occasionally have "talent competitions" that specifically play to a babyface's strengths. Always, the heel will wind up fitting this trope.
** John Cena vs. the Big Show in a rap battle.
** Stacy Keibler vs. Molly Holly in a dance-off.
** R-Truth & Eve Torres vs. Ted [=DiBiase=] Jr. & Maryse in a "song and dance" competition.


[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Tracey De Santa in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', whose "audition" for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iNOLo1YaSk Fame or Shame]]'' is essentially a striptease, which causes [[PapaWolf her father, Michael]], to have a BrainBleach moment before attacking Lazlow, the show's host. Subverted in that Lazlow is a fan of her (mainly because [[CastingCouch he's sleeping with her]]) and manages to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COgX2qysqOo get her through to the finals.]]

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Remember [[http://www.molvania.com/video_medium_2.html "Elektronik Supersonik"]], one of the Internet's first {{Viral Video}}s from the pre-Website/YouTube era? What you might not know is that it was a tie-in with an entire ''Film/{{Borat}}''-esque mythos about the fictional {{Ruritania}}n nation of ''[[Literature/JetlagTravelGuides Molvanîa]]'', and was, InUniverse, the country's entry in the 2004 Series/EurovisionSongContest. Or that they also made a follow-up entry in 2005, [[http://www.molvania.com/molvania/antipope_large.html "I Am the Anti-Pope"]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Done in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', where Timmy's homemade, crappy film is recognized as a great comedy ([[SoBadItsGood though it wasn't intended as such]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter and Lois formed a hippie-esque folk duo, A Handful of Peter, when they were younger and decide to revive it for a talent show. The problem being that that they get stoned out of their minds because they don't think they're creative without it. At the talent show they perform a song called "In God's Eyes We Are All Hot", but afterward we learn that they lost, and we see that their actual performance was nothing but atonal screaming.
* Ron Stoppable in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s talent show episode showcases a lot of unusual if not low quality talents, especially compared to Bonnie's amazing ballet but somehow wins.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Show Stoppers", the Cutie Mark Crusaders enter a talent show hoping to find their cutie marks. Their performance is a complete disaster (the set literally collapses around them). They end up winning first prize...for best ''comedy'' act.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' episode "Stage Fright" has Claire Brewster sabotaging Lydia's tryout in a school production of "Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet". Claire gets the Juliet role, which Beetlejuice uses to take over her body and make a ruckus of the play. Miss Shannon, the school's teacher, is aghast but the school's headmaster loved it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' one of Homer's lifelong dreams was to be on ''Series/TheGongShow'', which he did with Barney in 1977. Their act was so bad that they got more gongs than "the breakdancing robot that caught on fire".