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** Presumably because this trope is becoming increasingly viewed as mocking the poor saps who get rejected, later seasons cut ''far'' back on it, only showing a handful of ''particularly'' bad ones.


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* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' sees Miranda Deegan holding open applications for a teaching role in her school of magic. Despite Dominic, her oracle son, having looked into the future and figured out which two candidates are actually worth the trouble to interview, she insists on interviewing the other candidates anyway out of fairness. Cue a strip full of losers and nutjobs trying for the job, starting with a candidate who's [[BringMyBrownPants trying not to wet himself]] (he didn't think he'd make it that far) and ending with one who wants to replace the rest of the faculty with fire monkeys.
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* "Kaz Superstar" was a ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' story for DC Comics (Cartoon Network Block Party) lampooning the William Hung act on ''Series/AmericanIdol.'' The girls' manager Kaz auditions at a talent show and is so awful he is kicked out of the studio by all three judges. But his act gets notice and soon he's in high demand while Ami and Yumi are relegated to has-been status.

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* Same thing with ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' and the [[Series/{{Gladiators}} UK version]] -- the requirements to get on the show was a rigorous set of physical tests (shuttle runs, chin-ups, etc.), and you'd need to get through multiple regional levels before the national level. Most of the contenders who did get on the show usually displayed at least some form of aptitude in any of the events; they were not mocked for failure, but given credit for going up there and giving it their all.


* Brazilian film ''Xuxa Popstar'' includes one such montage, in which various guys audition to be the Popstar talent agency's brand new star set to be launched during the big runway show at the end of the movie. Said men include several wannabe dancers, several men who [[FanserviceExtra gratuitously take their tops off]] -- one of which does so while singing a nursery rhyme --, two men that start arguing halfway through their audition, and an older man who auditions by reciting poetry. By the time we get to this last one, main character Nick Yoner is already visibly exhausted.

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* Brazilian film ''Xuxa Popstar'' includes one such montage, in which various guys audition to be the Popstar talent agency's brand new star set to be launched during the big runway show at the end of the movie. Said men include several wannabe dancers, several men who [[FanserviceExtra gratuitously take their tops off]] -- one of which does so while singing a nursery rhyme --, two men that start arguing halfway through their audition, and an older man who auditions by reciting poetry. By the time we get to this last one, main character Nick Yoner is already visibly exhausted. For those who are curious, it can be seen [[https://youtu.be/3a-ZrR-G9YY?t=2263 here]].


* Brazilian film ''Xuxa Popstar'' includes one such montage, in which various guys audition to be the Popstar talent agency's brand new star set to be launched during the big runway show at the end of the movie. Said men include several wannabe dancers, several who [[FanserviceExtra gratuitously take their tops off]] -- one of which does so while singing a nursery rhyme --, two that start arguing halfway through their audition, and an older man who auditions by reciting poetry. By the time we get to this last one, main character Nick Yoner is already visibly exhausted.

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* Brazilian film ''Xuxa Popstar'' includes one such montage, in which various guys audition to be the Popstar talent agency's brand new star set to be launched during the big runway show at the end of the movie. Said men include several wannabe dancers, several men who [[FanserviceExtra gratuitously take their tops off]] -- one of which does so while singing a nursery rhyme --, two men that start arguing halfway through their audition, and an older man who auditions by reciting poetry. By the time we get to this last one, main character Nick Yoner is already visibly exhausted.


* Brazilian film ''Xuxa Popstar'' includes one such montage, in which various guys audition to be the Popstar talent agency's brand new star set to be launched during the big runway show at the end of the movie, displaying various "talents" that include singing, dancing, modeling, reciting poetry (for some reason), and [[FanserviceExtra gratuitously taking their tops off]].

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* Brazilian film ''Xuxa Popstar'' includes one such montage, in which various guys audition to be the Popstar talent agency's brand new star set to be launched during the big runway show at the end of the movie, displaying various "talents" that movie. Said men include singing, dancing, modeling, reciting poetry (for some reason), and several wannabe dancers, several who [[FanserviceExtra gratuitously taking take their tops off]].off]] -- one of which does so while singing a nursery rhyme --, two that start arguing halfway through their audition, and an older man who auditions by reciting poetry. By the time we get to this last one, main character Nick Yoner is already visibly exhausted.


* Brazilian film ''Xuxa Popstar'' includes one such montage, in which various guys audition to be the Popstar talent agency's brand new star set to be launched during the big runway show at the end of the movie.

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* Brazilian film ''Xuxa Popstar'' includes one such montage, in which various guys audition to be the Popstar talent agency's brand new star set to be launched during the big runway show at the end of the movie.movie, displaying various "talents" that include singing, dancing, modeling, reciting poetry (for some reason), and [[FanserviceExtra gratuitously taking their tops off]].

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* Played with in the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "[[Recap/CornerGasS2E15RockOn Rock On!]]". Most of the people auditioning to be Thunderface's drummer are actually decent. The problem is ''none of them are drummers'', because [[TheDitz Hank]] forgot to specify that part in the ad.


Hopeless Auditionees are found on many a TalentShow. The first couple of shows will show the auditions process -- and these will always turn up.

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Hopeless Auditionees are found on many a TalentShow. The first couple of shows episodes will show the auditions process -- and these will always turn up.


** Famously subverted by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jca_p_3FcWA Susan Boyle]] in the 2009 season. Both the "introduction piece" and the reactions of the jury showed that everybody expected this trope to come down in full force. Then she [[MomentOfAwesome started to sing]], proving you should never judge a book by its cover. To their credit, the jury admitted how wrong they were in their assessment.

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** Famously subverted by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jca_p_3FcWA Susan Boyle]] in the 2009 season. Both the "introduction piece" and the reactions of the jury showed that everybody expected this trope to come down in full force. Then she [[MomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome started to sing]], proving you should never judge a book by its cover. To their credit, the jury admitted how wrong they were in their assessment.

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* ''Series/TheGongShow'', as a parody of talent shows in general, is naturally full of these people, who often tend to [[{{Whammy}} get Gonged]].


* Hopless Auditionees for the role of ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion feature in the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama ''Situation Vacant''.

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* Hopless Hopeless Auditionees for the role of ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion feature in the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama ''Situation Vacant''.


* The ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "Fifteen Million Merits" had a background character who kept getting passed over in the episode's ShowWithinAShow reality TV talent contest. It winds up being justified at the end, because she's a [[HollywoodToneDeaf really bad]] DreadfulMusician.

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* The ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "Fifteen "[[Recap/BlackMirrorFifteenMillionMerits Fifteen Million Merits" Merits]]" had a background character who kept getting passed over in the episode's ShowWithinAShow reality TV talent contest. It winds up being justified at the end, because she's a [[HollywoodToneDeaf really bad]] DreadfulMusician.


They have no talent, [[GiftedlyBad 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".

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They have no talent, [[GiftedlyBad 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 "[[StealthInsult cruelty to the mentally-ill".
mentally-ill]]".

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