17 Singing Competition Shows You Totally Forgot About

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17 Singing Competition Shows You Totally Forgot About

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17 Singing Competition Shows You Totally Forgot About

After American Idol hit it big in 2002, it seemed like every TV network wanted in on the game.

Now the TV graveyard is littered with singing competition shows, and we’re guessing you don’t remember a lot of these also-rans that never quite harmonized with audiences.

17 Singing Competition Shows You Totally Forgot About
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1. ‘But Can They Sing?’

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1. ‘But Can They Sing?’

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Celebrities like The Matrix’s Joe Pantoliano and One Tree Hill’s Michael Copon are quasi-famous… but can they sing?! This 2005 VH1 show lasted only one season.

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2. ‘Can You Duet?’

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2. ‘Can You Duet?’

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This CMT show only lasted two seasons — in 2008 and 2009 — but at least it introduced us to Rory and Joey Feek.

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3. ‘Celebrity Duets’

3. ‘Celebrity Duets’

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Stars like Lucy Lawless and Jai Rodriguez got a new guest duet partner every week on this 2006 FOX show — impressive talents like Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight — and Alfonso Ribeiro took the prize!

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4. ‘CMT’s Next Superstar’

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4. ‘CMT’s Next Superstar’

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We haven’t heard of Matt Mason, the winner of this 2011 CMT one-season-wonder, so we have trouble believing he’s a CMT superstar.

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5. ‘Duets’

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5. ‘Duets’

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Aspiring singers paired off with their mentors — bona fide stars Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles — in this short-lived 2012 ABC show.

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6. ‘Fame’

6. ‘Fame’

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NBC couldn’t quite hack it with this 2003 American Idol imitator — hosted by Joey Fatone, no less — but it did give us Shannon Bex of Danity Kane fame, for what that’s worth.

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7. ‘The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep’

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7. ‘The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep’

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At our doorstep? Then let it in! Don’t be ashamed if you don’t remember this 2012 CW show. None of the 10 episodes of its sole season broke 1 million viewers.

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8. ‘The Next Great American Band’

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8. ‘The Next Great American Band’

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This 2007 FOX show had American Idol’s producing team and even Idol’s soundstage… but none of Idol’s success. It lasted a mere 10 episodes.

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9. ‘P. Diddy’s Starmaker’

9. ‘P. Diddy’s Starmaker’

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Puffy may not be a starmaker, per se. We haven’t heard much from the winner of this 2009 MTV show, Liz Davis.

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10. ‘Platinum Hit’

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10. ‘Platinum Hit’

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This 2011 singer-songwriter showdown, hosted by Jewel, was not a platinum hit for Bravo. It lasted only 10 episodes.

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11. ‘Popstars USA’

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11. ‘Popstars USA’

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This 2001 WB singing competition is so obscure, it doesn’t even have its own Wikipedia page, but its winning pop groups did include Nicole Scherzinger and Josh Henderson.

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12. ‘Rising Star’

12. ‘Rising Star’

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At least this 2014 ABC show was ambitious — voters would vote in favor or against the contestants’ performances in real-time as judges Kesha, Brad Paisley, and Ludacris tried to sway the vote.

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13. ‘Rock Star’

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13. ‘Rock Star’

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This 2005-2006 CBS show has a legit legacy. Season 1 winner J.D. Fortune was INXS’s lead singer until 2011. (On the flip side, Season 2 winner Lukas Rossi quit Supernova, his supergroup with Tommy Lee, within two years.)

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14. ‘Rock the Cradle’

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14. ‘Rock the Cradle’

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The contestants in this this 2008 MTV show are all children of ‘80s and ‘90s music stars. (Get it?) Crosby Loggins, son of Kenny, won the whole shebang.

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15. ‘Superstar USA’

15. ‘Superstar USA’

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This 2004 WB show was either brilliant or sadistic. The contestants were told the judges, Vitamin C and Tone Lōc included, would be looking for the best singer; in reality, they were looking for the worst. Jamie Foss won that dubious honor.

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16. ‘The Winner Is’

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16. ‘The Winner Is’

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This 2013 competition barely made a blip on the radar, even with Nick Lachey as the host. In fact, NBC gave it the ax midway through its first and only season.

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17. ‘Sing Your Face Off’

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17. ‘Sing Your Face Off’

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In this 2014 ABC show, celebrities performed in the style of other celebrities. So if you ever wanted to see Lisa Rinna’s Justin Bieber impression, this show’s for you!

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After American Idol hit it big in 2002, it seemed like every TV network wanted in on the game.

Now the TV graveyard is littered with singing competition shows, and we’re guessing you don’t remember a lot of these also-rans that never quite harmonized with audiences.