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“American Idol” has launched the careers of some of today’s biggest stars in music.
Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are the show’s most notable winners, but even the likes of Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry, who didn’t come in first place during their time on the series, made it big after appearing on the show.
While the show has churned out superstars for 17 seasons now, there have been a few who slipped through the cracks over the years.
Here’s a look at eight stars who were rejected by “American Idol”:
Maren Morris. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
In 2016, the “My Church” crooner, 29, revealed to Rolling Stone that she was rejected from both “American Idol” and “The Voice.”
Bebe Rexha. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
Bebe Rexha had a full-circle moment in 2018 when she joined “American Idol” as a mentor.
“10 years ago my mother and I waited 10 hours in line to audition for American Idol,” Rexha, 30, tweeted. “I didn’t make it through. This year I’m mentoring!”
Kane Brown. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2019/FilmMagic for dcp)
Colbie Caillat. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
The songstress, 34, was rejected both times she auditioned, performing her hit pop tune during her second go-round (per the Daily News).
Alex & Sierra
Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton of Alex & Sierra. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Famous for winning “The X-Factor,” Alex & Sierra first auditioned for “American Idol” separately.
While Alex Kinsey, 28, made it into the very early stages of the competition, Sierra Deaton, 29, was rejected from the get-go, according to Rolling Stone.
Chriss Metz. (Reuters)
Naya Rivera. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for March Of Dimes)
As she revealed on “The Talk,” she was denied after singing “Emotion” by the Bee Gees. The same song would eventually land Rivera, 33, a role in the musical comedy show.
Amber Riley. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
“You know what? I still work on FOX and I get paid,” said Riley, 34. Since then, she has recorded music and appeared in several musicals.