Ever found yourself screaming at the judges on shows like X Factor or Britain's Got Talent in despair that the panel has made the wrong decision? Course you have. And you're not alone.
Over the years, talent-show judges have made some of the worst decisions in TV history, dismissing future megastars on the flimsiest of grounds.
As Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams get geared up for the return of Britain's Got Talent on Saturday (April 15), we're just praying they don't make the same mistakes as this lot…
This could very easily be the biggest TV fail of all time – the moment a panel of TV talent judges said no to Beyoncé. Yes, the Beyoncé. That one.
Back in 1993, a 12-year-old Queen Bey auditioned for US show Star Search along with a then-unknown Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett (aka the ladies that would later go on to form Destiny's Child – no biggie), who back then collectively went by the name Girl's Tyme.
We can only assume the judges rejected them because of that awful, awful name, but they must die a little inside every time they watch back this clip of the world's biggest popstar slipping through their fingers..
Our Bey, of course, doesn't hold any grudges. In fact, she's previously admitted that her group's song choice was "not good". We disagree, but nice of you to let them off the hook.
It's easy to forget that One Direction didn't actually win The X Factor, finishing a distant third behind Britain's most famous "painter and decorator" (ahem) Matt Cardle. It's even easier to forget that Zayn Malik, as he was then known, never even wanted to be part of the group in the first place.
During his time on Simon Cowell's show, the teen pin-up repeatedly turned up late for rehearsals and refused to take part in certain routines. At one point, the other members contemplated kicking him out of the band. Fortunately for 1D fans, it never came to that.
But despite his awkward relationship with X Factor, and wishing he'd never gone on it, the international TV exposure gave Zayn his big break – even if he didn't get on the cover of Fader till he'd broken free from his reality roots.
3. BACKSTREET BOYS
On April 20, 1993, a group of lads called AJ McLean, Howie D, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell formed a band called the Backstreet Boys. A month later, they performed for the first time ever at Sea World Orlando. The reaction was overwhelming.
Full of positivity and Shamu air, the group decided it was time to try and get a record deal. So they turned up at our new favourite music show Star Search – a decision they VERY rarely talk about for reasons you will discover in the video.
While fans now know them as seasoned performers, unlike Bey and pals, the BSB back then didn't exactly sound like their flawless selves when they performed 'Get It', 'Tell Me That I'm Dreaming' and 'I'd Do Anything'. Unsurprisingly, they didn't win.
The group managed to put this minor career blip behind them very quickly, though, and went on to become the best-selling boyband in history, selling some 130 million records worldwide.
4. JENNIFER HUDSON
She's sold more than a million albums, teamed up with Beyoncé on the big screen and has even won an Oscar, but J-Hud lost American Idol. Another great shout, Mr Cowell.
In fact, Jennifer didn't even come close to winning the 2004 series, losing out to Fantasia Barrino and a bunch of other people we can't remember.
While she managed to grow from strength to strength after being eliminated from the show, Jennifer has made no secret of the fact she is still a bit miffed and suspicious of the results.
"I don't think it was based on talent," she told MTV, "but if it was, I was robbed."
Ever wondered how Aaliyah managed to get signed to Jive Records at just 12 years old? Well, the late R'n'B icon started putting the work in at a VERY young age.
While her friends were hanging out in the playground, she was appearing on stage alongside the likes of Gladys Knight, trying to get her big break. She appeared on our friend Star Search at the age of just 10 and gave an incredible performance of Ella Fitzgerald's 'My Funny Valentine'.
Bizarrely, she didn't win. Not that the baffling decision impacted her career. Just a few years later, Aaliyah released her debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number and became an instant star.
6. HEATHER MORRIS
Poor Heather was in floods of tears when she was rejected from So You Think You Can Dance? in 2006. Despite giving the show her all, the star simply didn't make the cut.
Luckily, though, her disappointment was short-lived. The exposure led to her landing a job as one of Beyoncé's backing dancers, and not so long after, she was signed up to a little show called Glee to play the part of Brittany Pierce.
Clearly everything does happen for a reason.
7. BRITNEY SPEARS
Britney gets it left, right and centre for lip-syncing instead of performing live, but for anyone who still genuinely thinks she can't sing, just watch this throwback clip of her belting out 'Love Can Build a Bridge' by The Judds on Star Search back in 1992.
When she was just 11 years old, the pop princess wowed anyone who listened to her. Unbelievably, though, Britney went out in the second round to opponent Marty Thomas – something he didn't see coming.
"I remember walking offstage thinking, 'She's going to beat me'," he told ABC News years later, admitting he was "shocked out of [his] mind" when the results were announced.
Fast-forward 25 years and we think it's fair to say Britney has more than made up for it.
Whoever decided to turn down Usher on, yes, Star Search back in 1991 must be kicking themselves right now.To this day, he still holds the record for the longest sustained note to ever be held by a child (at 12 seconds) – yet he somehow didn't win the competition.
This rejection wasn't all bad news for the then-13-year-old, though. Usher's flawless audition grabbed a lot of people's attention when it aired on TV, including that of LA Reid, now CEO of Epic Records. The pair were introduced not long after, and the rest is history.
Today, Usher has sold 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
9. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
No wonder Star Search was dropped in 2004 – we're starting to lose count of the amount of talent the judges let slip through their fingers (that's six in this list alone).
Justin was yet another megastar hastily rejected by the show, although to be fair, he had a very different sound when he was 11 – his country vibes were more 'Wild River' than 'Cry Me a River'.
Although he was cute, it wasn't enough to help him see off competitor Anna Nardona and he lost his place in the competition. A few years later, JT dusted himself off and formed a band called *NSYNC, and we hear they did pretty well for themselves…
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