These Talent Show Contestants Lost The Show But Won Super Successful Careers

Though any talent show contestant wants to win, history has proven time and time again that sometimes the most successful performers lose competitions. Many of our favorite celebrities, including Christina Aguilera, Lucy Hale, and Amy Schumer, lost talent shows before making it big. Read on to see how these superstars went on to prove the judges wrong.

Justin Timberlake: Star Search Season 10

Justin Timberlake performs in 1999.
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Though Justin Timberlake is largely known for his pop music, he started out singing country music at age 11 on Star Search. Though he didn’t win the show, he did land a spot on The Mickey Mouse Club the following year, where he met future NSYNC bandmate JC Chasez.

Timberlake and Chasez became the lead singers of NSYNC in 1995, though the band’s successful debut album didn’t come out until three years later. In 2002, Timberlake put out his debut solo album, which won two Grammys. In addition to putting out chart-topping hits, the singer has also starred in films.