How Talent Show Contestants Find Success

How Talent Show Contestants Find Success
Within the world of televised talent shows success is unpredictable with forgotten winners, underdogs and break out stars.

Let’s take a journey through the seasons to see how post-television life can affect a singer’s career.

David Sneddon – Fame Academy (Season 1) – 1st Place

David Sneddon at the piano

Finding writing success beyond the microphone

Although David was a reserve for the show, drafted in after a contestant pulled out, he stormed ahead and won with his self-penned track ‘Stop Living the Lie’. Uniquely for talent show alumni, his debut album consisted only of original material written by himself. Since the show he has achieved massive commercial success with his song writing/production company, ‘The Nexus’. His songs have been recorded by Lana Del Ray, Pixie Lott, Newton Faulker and fellow talent show break out stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Olly Murs and Will Young.

Justin Guarini – American Idol (Season 1) – Runner Up

Treading the boards of Broadway and running the show

Justin Guraini on stage

At first Justin stumbled out of the post-idol gate and was quickly dropped from his RCA record contract. However, he soon found his voice and self-released his jazz album ‘Stranger Things Have Happened’ in 2005. He landed the job of hosting ‘Idol’ off-shoot TV shows shortly after. In 2010, Justin hit Broadway with runs in Women on the Verge of a Nervous breakdown, American Idiot and Wicked. Besides this, he appears in countless regional, benefit and awards shows as a newly styled musical theatre singer. Recently he has added executive producer to his resume for the musical Sideshow. Find out more on his website.

Judith Hill – The Voice USA (Season 4) – 8th Place

Breaking out of backing vocals to let artistry flourish

Judith was a bonafide professional before The Voice came along. Fatefully, she was offered the duet role for ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’ on Michael Jackson’s final This Is It tour but instead performed at Jackson’s funeral. Judith is featured in the documentary film ‘20 Feet from Stardom’ which praises iconic backing singers, and now she is finally receiving recognition as a solo artist, opening for John Legend and Josh Groban, and working in Prince’s Paisley Park studios. Explore her journey via her website.

Darius Campbell-Danesh – Popstars (Season 1); Pop Idol (Season 1) – 3rd Place

Darius Danesh in Swing era attire

Variety is the key to success and longevity

Darius gloriously proved Simon Cowell wrong when he topped the charts with his debut single ‘Colour Blind’. Shortly after, Darius wrote a book entitled Sink or Swim detailing the perils of the entertainment business. Darius then went on to play lead roles in the West End, including Chicago, Guys and Dolls and Gone with the Wind. After appearing on the Popstar to Opera Star TV show, he scored a lead part in Carmen. Recently he has enjoyed touring a swing-era cabaret act, proving that he can lend his dulcet tones to almost any style. Connect with him on Twitter.

The Sweeplings

Cami Bradley – America’s Got Talent (Season 8) – 6th Place

Reflecting on your achievements and nurturing your creativity

This introverted church music director overcame her stage fright and delivered a knock out rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in 2013. In addition to returning to her musical roots, she lends her talents to an acoustic Americana duo named ‘The Sweeplings’ and is performing original material across the USA.  She has also contributed to VoiceCouncil Magazine – see her fantastic articles on singing and creative partnership.

Guy Sebastian – Australian Idol (Season 1) – 1st Place

Guy Sebastian at Eurovision

How international exposure can give you artistic control

After winning Australian Idol in 2003, he has graduated to become a judge on Australian X Factor. In addition to this, he made history by being the first to represent down under in the Eurovision Song Contest. His solo career boasts 6 number 1 hits and plenty of multi-platinum records, elevating him as one of the country’s top selling artists of all time. In 2007 he created The Memphis Album with original Stax musicians in tribute to his recording heroes. Find out more about this soulful pop performer on his website.

Ruth Lorenzo – X factor UK (Season 5) – 5th Place

Becoming a nation’s singing sweetheart

Often cited as the most underrated contestant of the season due to her relentlessly passionate voice, Ruth finally found her feet in her native Spain. After a brief stint with Virgin Records, she formed her band ‘Raspberry Pattern’ and crowd funded her original material. In 2014 she represented Spain in the Eurovision song contest and this year served as a judge on Spanish reality show Levántate (Stand up for Your Country), and has recently enjoyed performing various iconic musical impressions on Spanish TV show Tu Cara me Suena (Your Face Sounds Familiar).