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24 talent show losers that proved judges wrong by going on to have super successful careers

INSIDER Logo By Gabbi Shaw of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 25:  Losing a TV competition isn't career-ending. In fact, many winners disappear into obscurity while those they beat go on to have successful careers. For example, more people know of Katharine McPhee than of Taylor Hicks, the winner of McPhee's season on "American Idol," and shows like "Star Search" passed on huge  future stars like Justin Timberlake and Aaliyah. Keep reading to see 24 of the most successful talent show losers in TV history.

Losing a TV competition isn't career-ending.

In fact, many winners disappear into obscurity while those they beat go on to have successful careers. For example, more people know of Katharine McPhee than of Taylor Hicks, the winner of McPhee's season on "American Idol," and shows like "Star Search" passed on huge future stars like Justin Timberlake and Aaliyah.

Keep reading to see 24 of the most successful talent show losers in TV history.

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