Top Ten Celebrities Who Finished Second In a Competition But Later Became More Popular Than Those Who Finished First

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The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

Those who transcend existing paradigms are often punished by the establishment, for challenging the boundaries. Jackie has something different, something better. History will acknowledge this.

Famously finished second on America's Got Talent season 5, and now is that show's biggest-selling alum.

As Jackie has said, being number two doesn't mean you can't follow your dreams and accomplish your goals. - BobG

True, you don't have America's Got Talent in Europe [why would you? ], but you do have Britain's Got Talent, Holland's Got Talent, and many, many more; even Romania's Got Talent for gosh sakes.

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2 Adam Lambert Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

His immense talent in every genre is matched by his integrity and 'totally nice guy' reported by everyone he meets. A true star and inspiration in every way.

After finishing 2nd in American Idol, He became more popular than the winner Allen. His sensational voice is praised by so many celebreties including Queen's Brian May. And now he is working with Queen in the absence of Freddie. - glambert

Saw him with Queen in their stop in Edmonton in 2014. I have to say he was as good, if not better, than Freddie Mercury (however crazy it sounds).

ADAM... The best of the best.

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3 Susan Boyle Susan Boyle Susan Magdalane Boyle is a Scottish singer who came to international attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables.

A very sweet older lady with an amazing voice who came in second on Britain's Got Talent, but every time they show the video they also show that jerk Simon Cowell.

4 One Direction One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015 . The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.

They didn't even finish second in X-Factor, that was soul singer Rebecca Furgusson. - mcvito

5 Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony is an American girl group based in Miami, composed of Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and previously, Camila Cabello until her departure from the group on December 18, 2016. The group signed a joint record deal with Simon Cowell's label Syco Records and L.A.
6 Bashar al-Shatti
7 Katherine McPhee Katherine McPhee
8 David Archuleta David Archuleta David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.
9 Lindsey Stirling Lindsey Stirling
10 Jessica Sanchez Jessica Sanchez

The Contenders

11 Lauren Alaina
12 Dounia Batma Dounia Batma ...read more.
13 Matt McAndrew
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