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The laughing stock of American Idol
The laughing stock of American Idol

I wasn't on anything but a kid that was in my grade at high school was!! He went on American Idol and juggled while singing horribly, when the judges didn't like it he broke out in a dance. After the the negative reactions from the judges he burst into the hallway crying and making a big scene.

Prior to the airing of the episode he was telling everyone to watch it. When we came back to school the next day he got made fun of pretty mercilessly but he was quick to tell everyone that it was all staged. He was socially never able to recover from that one though. I felt really bad for him and iirc he ended up switching schools. Here's the clip: https://youtu.be/4NGwRzpGIrI Source

When life imitates art...
When life imitates art...

Chris Rene is my neighbor. He actually won third place on the X Factor, but whatever. They played up this sob story how he used to be on drugs and is clean now... Not a bad singer really. Ya he's back on drugs. Source

The limelight fades...
The limelight fades...

Finally a question I can be of some use with...although we didn't lose... My ex-girlfriend and I were on a television show on HGTV called "Flipping the Block" and we ended up winning it. I'll leave it to you guys to discuss whether or not it is a "major show", but I guess most would say it is not.

From my experience, during the "post-production," when the commercials are all over, and through the airing of every episode, there is a lot of attention from EVERYONE, and then after the show is over the attention falls off almost completely aside from an interview here and there.

It can become quite addicting, and having even a minute taste of it makes me infinitely more understanding of how people could do anything to stay in the limelight. The feeling is weird. You aren't being followed by cameras 24/7, you aren't hooked up to a mic 24/7. What people need to realize is that even though you rarely see a camera when you watch a TV show, my Ex and I had a crew of 7-9 following us at any given moment, literally unless we were sleeping.

All of that being said, we did feel like losers on our show, because although we emerged victorious, a TV show offer was extended to another couple from our show, even though they lost, had a bigger budget than us, had more prep time for the show than we had, and are currently in construction management and run a very popular design blog. It just would not have looked good to give the "amateurs" (us) a show because we just went out and won this on a whim.

My opinion is that the network hands down expected that couple to win, and this show was simply a vetting process for them to see how they would do on-camera. And when they didn't win, the feeling in the room was very much "ohhhh sh_t....what do we do now?"

Your "fame" eventually fades away, people stop asking to take a picture with you at Costco or Albertsons or Home Depot, people stop asking you for money and favors, and you have to make a conscious effort to move forward and pursue other avenues. Source

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