"American Idol" is in full swing with the announcement of the Top 24 contestants. Every year the judges go through thousands of hopefuls who just want a chance to step out on that Idol stage. Likewise, there are thousands that end up not making it past the first round.
Did you know that there have been some pretty famous faces that were turned down by the popular talent search? Here are three famous names you might be surprised didn't make it onto the Idol stage:
Amber Riley from "Glee" auditioned when she was 17 and didn't even make it past the producers to see the judges. She's definitely proved them wrong as she's on a hit TV show, she's sung the National Anthem in front of millions and been on a hit tour. "You know what? I still work on Fox and I get paid! Thank you, ';American Idol,'" Amber recently gloated to Access Hollywood.
You know you love the song "Bubbly," don't try and deny it. Well did you know that Colbie Caillat auditioned twice for the show, even performing that hit song the second time around? "I was shy. I was nervous. I didn't look the greatest. I wasn't ready for it yet. I was glad, when I auditioned, that they said no," Colbie told USA Today.
And someone who is probably very glad she didn't make it on "American Idol" is Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott. The popular country group just had a huge year taking home 5 Grammys thanks to their hit "Need You Now." Hillary auditioned twice for Idol and never made it past the producers table. "I never got to see them. I literally performed for the production assistants and the interns, and I just didn't make it," she recently told Entertainment Tonight.
So it proves that sometimes major talent can be overlooked. Speaking of the announcement of the AI Top 24, we recently announced our Top 20 in our talent search On the Spot. If you haven't seen episode 4, make sure to check it out here and ready Johnny's blog for even more inside access.
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