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* Subverted cruelly by the talent show parody ''Superstar USA'', which ran parallel to ''Series/AmericanIdol's'' third season. Basically, the bad auditioners were treated like stars while the truly talented were told "You will thank me for saying this: NEXT!" One can imagine why the show wasn't picked up for another season; the potential damage to a person's psyche - whether it's a girl who really can sing running offstage in tears after being told she's terrible, or someone truly horrible told they're a star only to be later humiliated in front of a live audience [[note]](who, by the way, had all been told that the performers were part of a "Make a Wish"-type program; they were cheering because they thought these people were ''dying'')[[/note]] on national TV - was disturbing. According to Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, the person chosen over the others ("winner" just doesn't sound right), Jamie Floss, didn't seem to mind that the show was a joke and actually had small roles on TV dramas. Thankfully, her album was never released.

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* Subverted cruelly by the talent show parody ''Superstar USA'', which ran parallel to ''Series/AmericanIdol's'' third season. Basically, the bad auditioners were treated like stars while the truly talented were told "You will thank me for saying this: NEXT!" One can imagine why the show wasn't picked up for another season; the potential damage to a person's psyche - whether it's a girl who really can sing running offstage in tears after being told she's terrible, or someone truly horrible told they're a star only to be later humiliated in front of a live audience [[note]](who, by the way, had all been told that the performers were part of a "Make a Wish"-type program; they were cheering because they thought these people were ''dying'')[[/note]] on national TV - was disturbing. According to Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, Website/ThatOtherWiki, the person chosen over the others ("winner" just doesn't sound right), Jamie Floss, didn't seem to mind that the show was a joke and actually had small roles on TV dramas. Thankfully, her album was never released.


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* BringItOn hosts a tryout to recruit a new cheerleader. Some of the auditionees have epically poor cheerleading skills, and some, including a ballet dancer, rapper, and musical theater actor, have the wrong skill set entirely. Ultimately, the team selects Missy, a gymnast who tried out as a last resort because the school had no gymnastics team.

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* BringItOn ''Film/BringItOn'' hosts a tryout to recruit a new cheerleader. Some of the auditionees have epically poor cheerleading skills, and some, including a ballet dancer, rapper, and musical theater actor, have the wrong skill set entirely. Ultimately, the team selects Missy, a gymnast who tried out as a last resort because the school had no gymnastics team.

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* ''Series/TheBigLeap'' gets a slew of these when casting the reality show of the same name, before they start seeing the better dancers.


*BringItOn hosts a tryout to recruit a new cheerleader. Some of the auditionees have epically poor cheerleading skills, and some, including a ballet dancer, rapper, and musical theater actor, have the wrong skill set entirely. Ultimately, the team selects Missy, a gymnast who tried out as a last resort because the school had no gymnastics team.



* On ''Series/{{Glee}},'' Sugar becomes New Directions' first ever reject due to her horrible singing. She does eventually join the club after a long series of events, but doesn't get any solos.
* The various celebrities involved in ''Series/TheVoice'' take great pride in the fact that they never ''ever'' humiliate an auditioner, no matter how badly they do. Even those singers who get a huge case of stage-fright and literally stop singing in the middle of their acts are given constructive criticism, a chance to calm down (and often literally hugs and hand-holding if they seem to need it), and friendly advice on how to be better singers. The best of these HopelessAuditionees are told that they should try again once they've worked on whatever problems they displayed. At least two did come back, with much more success the second time around. A couple of the coaches on ''Series/TheVoice'' have let it be known that there is one sure way to become a Hopeless Auditionee on their show, and that's try to audition using a Music/{{Queen}} song. In the words of Adam Levine, "Queen is so epic that unless you can top them... and you can't... you shouldn't even try."

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* On ''Series/{{Glee}},'' Sugar becomes New Directions' first ever first-ever reject due to her horrible singing. She does eventually join the club after a long series of events, but doesn't get any solos.
* The various celebrities involved in ''Series/TheVoice'' take great pride in the fact that they never ''ever'' humiliate an auditioner, no matter how badly they do. Even those singers who get a huge case of stage-fright and literally stop singing in the middle of their acts are given constructive criticism, a chance to calm down (and often literally hugs and hand-holding if they seem to need it), and friendly advice on how to be better singers. The best of these HopelessAuditionees are told that they should try again once they've worked on whatever problems they displayed. At least two did come back, with much more success the second time around. A couple of the coaches on ''Series/TheVoice'' have let it be known that there is one sure way to become a Hopeless Auditionee on their show, and that's try trying to audition using a Music/{{Queen}} song. In the words of Adam Levine, "Queen is so epic that unless you can top them... and you can't... you shouldn't even try."


* Always a highlight of any ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' audition are the people with [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway lame powers]] trying their best to impress the Legion.

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* Always a highlight of any ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' audition are the people with [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway lame powers]] trying their best to impress the Legion.

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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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* 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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* 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.

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