What happens to the winners and losers of Music Reality Shows?
I love music reality shows and seeing the wonderful new talent, especially the singers, as I used to be one myself, but … what really happens to the singers who come 2nd, 3rd etc?
I love an underdog success story and, as time allows, I will follow some of these potentially new International stars …
Music has been in my life since I was about 12 but in my 20s I was trained in classical music. Thus, some of my favourite reality shows became American Idol, The Voice, X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. They do the world of music a huge service by helping unknown people get discovered and, at the same time, bring us some wonderful talent that would never have been discovered. Naturally, I like it even more when that singer has an extra special talent as these noted below and/or sings Classical Music.
So, for the past few years or so I have followed some of the kids/adults who start out on these show and see how they make out in their lives. One thing we have to remember about these contests, it is the votes of the people who decide their talent and often the public votes with their heart and not for the best talent. Often talented singers do not make it to the end but thankfully, they continue to strive for stardom. Meet some of the stalwart people who have already made it as well as others I predict will go far.
Britain’s Got Talent and XFactor
Rion Paige – (Top 5 – 20113) This very special 13 year-old girl wowed Simon, the judges and audiences on XFactor. youtube facebook website
Andrew Johnston (came 3rd @ 13 years old – 2008) facebook website Look at him now!! He had some tough times with his voice change and in 2014 was studying to be an opera singer.
Connie Talbot – (6? years old – 2007) website facebook She’s doing it on her own … and she was discovered cause she’s travelling and was on the #GravityTour in 2014. Well done Connie, you deserve the best … a lovely singer and perfect for teens. All the best
Charlie Green – (10 years old – 2008) audition 2012 website Facebook
Wow an English Buble’ – lost in semis after judges criticized his song choice!
Susan Boyle (47 years old -2nd Place-2009) facebook twitter-fans audios
2012: A middle-aged, shy, Christian, Scottish karaoke singer who proved to the world you could learn to be a star. She’s now a super successful pop/inspirational singer who has had a lot to contend with but is learning to enjoy her success through her world travels and her eager fans. Her voice is that of an angel and I could listen to her cds all day! That lady has courage and thank you Simon Cowell for believing in her and helping her succeed!
Jonathan and Charlotte (opera teens-2nd place -2012) audition semis final first album What a marvelous team, Charlotte helped shy Jonathan be discovered. Brava to both of you! They came 2nd to a dog act!! BUT … Simon Cowell signed them to a record contract in 05/12. I knew he couldn’t resist!! In early 2014, they were both given separate recording contracts by Sony and these friends are now seeking their own individual success and they are flying high!
America’s Got Talent
Katharine McPhee (runner-up – 2006) Now a successful recording artist who in 2012 starred in her own hit TV Show “Smash” for several seasons.
Korea’s Got Talent
Choi, Sung-Bong (runner-up 2011 – 22 years) audition Unbelievable voice and personal story, lived on street from age of 5. He’s still singing today in 2014. 2012
Singers Who Won
Paul Potts (BGT-2007-age 37) website web-news facebook twitter
An very ordinary guy who had been bullied all his life and had numerous accidents, loved opera and decided to compete that year blowing everyone away with his voice.
2012: A super successful opera singer who travels the world and has several cds.
MORE to come as time allows!
If interested, here is one website I reference for their more recent success:
What happened to them?