Send For The Sandman! 9 Celebs Who Got Rejected Or Booed Off The Apollo Stage Before Making It Big

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November 8, 2012 ‐ By IndigoBlack

For anybody who ever tuned in to “Showtime At The Apollo” back in the day, you know brutal it can be for contestants to get booed off the stage. If you’re horrifically bad and don’t realize it, not only will the crowd let you know, but they’ll send the Sandman on you; the tap-dancing man thirsty for his own 15-20 seconds of notoriety during each airing. And while most people who get booed, denied a W and even kicked off the stage at the sound of the loudest horn go on to fade into obscurity, there have been a few celebrities who managed to get through the embarrassment and blow up big by cultivating their talents. Here’s nine comedians and singers who got the last laugh.

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  • Just/Shaffer’s/Auntie

    I love being that Man’s Auntie. I love my Mere Mere! So sad that you would rather critique his hairline than appreciate his music. OMG the shallowness.

  • Sheena

    I’m sorry but who is Ne-Yo fooling keep talking about he’s not gay. Its ok boo-boo come out of the closet and be happy with who you really are because that burnt orange slick down fade with the waves in the back clearly just outed you.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/jaheartsjonas Jay

      So? Umm Sisco had a platinum blonde/silver caesar cut for YEARS but I’m pretty sure he’s very straight, though it could’ve all been a masquerade, especially The Thong Song (Yup, tell the world you love women in thongs and they’ll never guess… ). But I guess he was just inspired by him, I mean consider the time period and the fact he was in a boy band like him…

  • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

    I remember when they were booing Lyfe, and that boy had TALENT!! Wooo… Just goes to show you to never give up, despite what anyone has to say!

  • http://www.facebook.com/derique.marie Derique Fancy Marie

    Okay Madame Noire these adds are killing me…can you tone them down just a bit? Please, and thank you. On another note…dang…how long has NeYo been balled??? That group didn’t harmonize or anything my goodness.

  • guest

    um mr. brown never performed at apollo as an amateur

  • chanela

    omg i STILL boo tracy morgan!! hes annoying!

  • Devvy

    Regected??? Really?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tiffanie-MadameGigglez-Thomas/665285721 Tiffanie MadameGigglez Thomas

    James Brown
    Lyfe Jennings
    Neyo; when i saw that story on behind the music hilarious!
    Kathy Griffin, but recently?!! that must have been awkward in a hilarious way!

    • Na Na

      And wth was Al Sharpton doing with Cathy Griffin at the Apollo? things that make u go hmmmmm…

  • laila

    lmso @ Envy!!!! In The Hood is still my jam…

  • KJ23

    GREAT ARTICLE!!