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The laughing stock of American Idol
1. 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...
2. 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...
3. 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

Third place doesn't sound so bad...
4. Third place doesn't sound so bad...

I was on College Jeopardy! in 2013, and placed 3rd. Since it was a tournament and not a normal-style game, I won $25,000 for coming in third (instead of the normal $1000 3rd place participants get). I don't know if that still qualifies as losing, but I didn't win (and still kick myself a bit for wagering stupidly in the last final Jeopardy...) first place.

When I got back home, my life initially was a little odd. People I hadn't spoken to in years were contacting me and seeing how I'd been and such, which was pretty nice! Since I didn't win the lottery or become famous or anything, it's not like they'd have ulterior motives to getting in touch with me. I had a couple of random people stop me on campus (since I went representing my institution and there was a LOT of social media coverage by the school) and ask me if I was "that Jeopardy girl." But that was about it as far as abnormal things.

I got to pay off some of my college loans and all of my friends and family were really proud of me. Overall, 10/10 would recommend to anyone. Source

Harsh. Neat, but harsh...
5. Harsh. Neat, but harsh...

"Cowboy" from season 5 of Big Brother is from my home town, which is small and in Oklahoma. I didn't really know who he was until he was pointed out to me. As our server. At Chili's. Source

Is that your final answer?
6. Is that your final answer?

I have a friend who was on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" back when that show was big-time popular. He went on the show, answered two questions correctly, and missed on the third question, something very simple he should've gotten correctly. He was so embarrassed, it practically devastated him. Though hardly anyone knew he had been to the taping, he came home and was depressed for months, knowing it would be airing soon. He was inconsolable, wouldn't socialize with anyone for a while, and went into a deep depression. He eventually got over it, but it really took a toll on him for a while. Oddly, he wanted to go back on the show for another chance. Thankfully he didn't do that. Source

Oh, Canada
7. Oh, Canada

I lost on an old Canadian game show called Uh-Oh. My life was precisely the same as it had been before.

True story. (Source)

That worked out nicely...
8. That worked out nicely...

A guy that was on the bachelor or the bachelorette a few years ago named Constantine lives right on the corner of my neighborhood. His family also has a nice Greek and Italian restaurant that has the best food and he still waits tables and helps out there.

Now he's married to Amanda Seyfried's best friend that's a British model who teaches at a dance school down here, they just recently had a daughter. Source

The talented doctor
9. The talented doctor

My brother made the top 15 in Americas got talent. He auditioned for the show through MySpace and was chosen out of a couple thousand videos. He actually skipped medical school so he could compete. After they got the boot he played a couple shows with his group then went on to medical school. Now he's the chief resident in a children's hospital in Orlando. I got to fly out to Los Angeles to see the show live. He says it's a nice addition to his resume. Source

Really hope it was Master Chef...
10. Really hope it was Master Chef...

I went to high school with a girl who was on a popular cooking competetion show. She didn't win, but everyone was really proud that someone from our town was even on the show. She was a very nice, driven girl and was professional on the show. I can't imagine anything bad came from it. Source

It's called Shark Tank for a reason...
11. It's called Shark Tank for a reason...

A couple of years ago when I was 13 years old, I was chosen to pitch my "science for kids" company on Shark Tank Season 5. I was SO excited. I had already been on every local news channel numerous times here in Phoenix and had published 5 science books for kids on Amazon. I went on there to ask for $10,000 to do a fun science DVD series for elementary schools. All I wanted in the world was to be the next Bill Nye the Science Guy and show millions of kids how awesome science is. Anyway, there I was, 13 years old standing all by myself in front of Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Robert Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, and Lori Griener. I dressed up as a mad scientist and did a couple of really cool science demos while I was saying my pitch. I was SO nervous and my pie tin hit the floor really hard and made the loudest noise ever. I did everything I could to mentally recover from it.. They started peppering me with questions and I thought for a moment "yes, I'm so walking out of here with a deal and all the kids in my school are going to wish they never made fun of me for being a science geek!" Anyway, Mark was the first one out. Then Kevin told me that I was dead to him (he never even offered me a deal so I'm not sure why he said that to me). Barbara said no. Robert and Lori were still onboard with me. Then Robert asked me "how many Youtube subscribers do you have?" Ugh, I couldn't lie. I only had like a 100. That's when Lori said no because she didn't know how to build up a Youtube channel (which I wasn't asking for) and Robert said no because no one uses DVD's anymore. I walked out of there so humiliated. A few months later I got an email from the producers letting me know that my segment wasn't even going to be aired. I pretty much gave up after that. It was too much of an uphill climb trying to get anyone to care about getting kids to love science. Source

In case you were wondering, the contestant was Lisa Blank from Season 9...
12. In case you were wondering, the contestant was Lisa Blank from Season 9...

I randomly shared a 10 hour flight from Europe with a girl who just got kicked off The Bachelor (she was in the top 3 back in 2006). She seemed super embarrassed most of the flight. Of course I ended up watching the series when it aired and she was the "b_tch" of the group that none of the girls liked. She's from my home city and lo and behold years later my sister ended up working with her at a corporate office and she said everything was just business as usual. Small god damn world BTW. Source

The Reality TV Veteran
13. The Reality TV Veteran

I have lost on many reality shows.

I lost in round 2 of this season of Americas Got Talent, I lost on Wipeout, Solitary, Ninja Warrior, Rock Band 2 - The Stars ect.

Being on reality TV is weird, and hard for many people to handle. You get a taste of the celebrity life, people running up to you for photos, tons of people adding you on social media, lots of chatter about you, its awesome!

However a week or two after it airs, you are replaced by new people, and the drop off is fast, and if you aren't ready for it, its a bit shocking.

I know some people who hold on to their brief experience with fame and can't move on. I did an episode of MTV - True Life back in 2000, and when people quickly stopped caring about it, it was awkward. I didnt know how to deal with it at first.

So for all the shows I do now, I know im just going out there to be an idiot, make for some entertaining tv, and then move on with my next thing. However since this year, I moved on to the next round in AGT, and it made me feel great. I felt like I was on borrowed time during that second episode because moving forward was never the plan.

It was awesome though, tons of people reached out to me on facebooke and twitter, lots of people I havent talked to in years were sharing my posts and saying words on encouragement, and it was great!

Then I got eliminated in a montage in round 2, and all that fanfare and craziness is gone. While I wish I was there with all those super talented people doing the live shows, I have to remind myself that I got some great footage out of the show, more followers to check out all my performances, and tons of great memories. Source

Beware of ghosts...
14. Beware of ghosts...

I was on Ghost Hunters and my home was declared "haunted" so I got to be freaked out by that for a little while after. Does that count as "losing"? Source

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