This isn't the first time this question has come up, of course. In an era when more and more aspiring, unknown performers seem to think TV talent shows are their only sure route to stardom, it's almost inevitable that they'll audition for, and appear on, multiple shows. For instance, among "American Idol's" alumni, before ascending to "Idol" fame Nikki McKibbin was on "Popstars," David Archuleta was on "Star Search," Allison Iraheta was on the Telemundo competition "Quinceañera," and this season's Thia Megia was an "America's Got Talent" semifinalist. And Frenchie isn't the only "Idol" veteran giving reality TV a post-"Idol" try: This season's Hollywood Week contestant Adrienne Beasely was just on Nigel Lythgoe's "CMT's Next Superstar," and Season 8 contestant Jackie Tohn will soon appear on Kara DioGuardi's Bravo show "Platinum Hit." And I wouldn't be surprised if we see some familiar TV faces when "The X Factor USA" premieres this fall.
It's enough to make your head, and your DVR, explode.
While "Platinum Hit" and "CMT's Next Superstar" aren't decided by public vote, on other shows that are--like "The Voice"--there's little doubt that the previous TV exposure helps. I surely raised an eyebrow, for instance, back in Season 3 of "America's Best Dance Crew" when the winning team, Quest Crew, featured three popular former "So You Think You Can Dance" contestants. Quest were amazing enough to win anyway, but of course having that built-in "SYTYCD" fanbase helped their cause immensely. And that fanbase will probably also help this season's "ABDC" crew IaMmE, which features "SYTYCD" fan favorite Phillip Chbeeb.
Again, it's hard to keep up, huh?
So, while all this reality-show crossover is hardly new, it isn't always fair. These talented but struggling people can't be blamed for try, trying again--after all, if they got pretty far on one show, what's to say they wouldn't go even farther on another show?--but to deny that they have a leg up on the competition is totally naive.
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