They Got It Wrong: 9 Celebrities Who Lost On “Star Search”

May 19, 2014 ‐ By



For all those born in the late seventies, early eighties, “Star Search” was quite impressive. People across the nation loved the show, tuned in and dreamed about competing. Quite a few of the celebrities we follow today got their start on the “original ‘American Idol.'” But that wasn’t the case for everybody. Some really big named stars came to the show and lost. But they didn’t let it keep them down. After their defeats they turned things around and became household names. Check out this list of celebrities who lost on “Star Search.”

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  • Christopher Gomes

    Aaliyah all day everyday!!!!

  • Guest

    OMG I didn’t know Tommy Davidson was dead?!

    • UB Class of 2013

      Drake Sather died, not Tommy Davidson

  • Jay Gee

    How can you forget Usher and that looooooooooong note he held during his performance on Star Search? Lol

  • uniquefashionista

    Every single person on this list had success in one way or another. Most became the huge entertainers we know and love today. This was so inspiring because it just goes to show that when one door closes, another always opens. Never give up on your dreams and aspirations. What is meant for you will happen and no one and nothing can take that away from you.

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    Ugh! Sorry but Tessa Thomas (Duck’s kid sister)… i skip her scene unless i feel like clowning around when watching the 5 Hearbeats…. that girl OVERKILLED to the 5th power. Countess did too, they both sand their butts off but Tessa overkilled and made it unbearable.

    • Uncle_Rukus

      You must be crazy. She DESTROYED that song. Kick rocks.

      • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

        My opinion is mine. Play in traffic.

    • Karen London

      Wow Momma Dee, everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but I personally feel Tressa Thomas did an excellent job. It is very hard at that age to have that much vocal range and ability. She was very much in control of her vocals on the songs in the movie and I remember watching the Star Search episode. I was following and rooting for Countess Vaughn up until the day Tressa competed against her. I remember saying that Countess might lose this week, but of course, she didn’t. Both ladies have impeccable skills.

      • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

        Like you said everyone has their opinion, i voiced mine. Tis all.

    • Lil Scrappy PrinceOfThaSouth

      yo momdukes we need u back over at bossip.. how do i handle the loss of a child on my own

      • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

        I know baby, but we need to be concerned over Shay & bottle gate as of now.

        • Lil Scrappy PrinceOfThaSouth

          u right ma i miss u

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  • Trisha_B

    It’s crazy how the “losers” on all these talent shows (star search, Apollo Live, American idol, etc) always became a bigger star than the winners. I’m glad none of them gave up

    • uniquefashionista

      You took the words right out of my mouth. Some names that come to mind for me are Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry……
      Winning a contest doesn’t mean that you will automatically be successful. Putting yourself out there and getting exposure does.

  • PolkaDots

    Nice article!