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Do The Voice Contestants With Famous Backgrounds Have an Unfair Advantage?

While we assume that everyone The Voice hasn’t gotten their big break yet (or else why would they be on the show?), we have seen our fair share of familiar faces sneak past us over the past few seasons.

Whether it was former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca from last season or Disney starlet Jordan Pruitt this time around, it looks like The Voice is almost as much about artists revamping their careers as it is about starting new ones.

And while we’re all for second chances, we have to wonder if some contestants’ famous roots have given them an edge over the regular no names looking for their first shot.

It definitely worked out for Tony, who made it as far as the final four, but for some, like say Cupid of “Cupid Shuffle” fame, his reputation preceded him. And not in a good way.

Sure, it may give them an initial hook to add to their introductory rags to riches sob story, but sometimes that means both the audience and the coaches may already be expecting more from those who’ve had a taste of fame. Then again, it can’t hurt to have just a little bit of experience dealing with hordes of screaming fans and more than their share of side eyes.

So what do you think? Do the formerly famous ones have one up on the newbies?

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10.17.2012 / 10:30 PM EDT by Chelsea Sanders
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