17 Musical Artists Who Got Their Start On Talent Competitions

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Millions of hopefuls enter TV talent competitions every year. From American Idol and The Voice to America’s Got Talent and The X Factor, there are tons of places you can go to chase your dream and countless people who think they have what it takes to get to the top. Only a handful of people, however, have a long-lasting career after they get their start on talent shows, and it’s not always the winner or obvious candidateswe who go on to do great things.

Although TV talent competitions can be a little harsh and not always fair, there are some major artists out there who owe their success to getting noticed on some of the world’s biggest shows — some of who you definitely wouldn’t have thought started out as a number on an audition list. From boybands to power ballad females, here are 17 artists who got their start on talent competitions.

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