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Five Premiere Talent Search TV Shows Over the Years

Submitted by cliffside
Tue, 3 Jun 2014

There are a lot of television shows that have birthed great careers for stars over the years. These shows are a unique tool to not only showcase fresh, new talent, but get these people to be common household names across the country. While many may think that these shows came about during the surge of reality television, there have been talent search shows since the early 1950's. Since then, many more have premiered and taken the country by storm. Here are some of the best ones over the years.

The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show ran on CBS from 1948 to 1971 and was ranked in 2002 as one of TV Guide's Greatest TV Shows of All Time. All kinds of talent appeared on this show from singers to dancers to actors and circus acts. This show was very popular and featured all kinds of celebrities like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Broadway composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II previewed their new show, South Pacific, on this show in 1949.

This show was especially known for introducing breakthrough performances for some of the greatest talents in the 1950's and 1960's including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, The Mamas & The Papas, plus many, many more. However, there were other types of music that broke through like Itzhak Perlman, who first came on the show when he was 13. Even now, he is one of the most famous violinists in the world.

America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent is part of a series of shows that are all over the world, in many different countries. Each one is wildly successful because it gives a stage to all kinds of people with varying talents. Three judges decide if the talent goes on to the next level while voting during the performances they see by pushing a button if they want the act to end.

A lot of individuals and groups come from all over to perform on this show. Once they get a chance to showcase their talents, they have a chance at winning a lot of money and maybe a show of their own. Fresh talent is always welcome here. Terry Fator was the 2007 winner with his 16 puppets. This ventriloquist does comedy and celebrity impersonations with his 16 puppets and is now a headliner at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

American Idol

No introduction is needed for a show that has swept the nation by storm the way American Idol has. This show has been a launching pad for some of the biggest music stars today like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Daughtry, and more. Winners are decided by voters who call and text in to the show after the end of each episode.

The prize is pretty substantial, a contract with a premiere event record label and all kinds of promotions done through the show. The real reason that singers line up to be on this show though is because just being on the show can launch a singing career. In fact, many seasons have resulted in the winner not being the only or most successful artist.

Star Search

From 1983 to 1995, Ed McMahon hosted this popular star-making show. Contestants appeared on this show to try and win in one of ten basic categories. There were several that featured vocalists of different ages and genders, others were more like comedy and dance. The acts are judged by a panel of four judges with stars. Ed then reveals scores and the best averages win. The studio audience is used to break a tie and the winners are announced at the end of the show. They can go on to win several shows in a row.

Arsenio Hall hosted the latest version of the show in 2003 and 2004. The star judges included Ben Stein, Naomi Judd, and Ahmet Zappa. There was a fourth seat where different celebrities could rotate through to make an appearance. Quite a few celebrities won this show including Bobbie Brown and David Archuleta, with plenty of other people who did not win, but went on to become famous including Destiny's Child, Aaliyah, Ray Romano, Rose O'Donnell, Kevin James, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and so many more.

So You Think You Can Dance

A welcome change from singing competitions, So You Think You Can Dance hit network waves in 2005. This show is still going strong because it is unlike any other type of talent competition. Dancers come and try out, go through boot-camp type of auditions, and then they go on to perform live in front of the country. There are all kinds of dance styles that are featured here, including dancers who have been trained in all different kinds as well. The winner walks away with $250,000 and usually a part in a movie.

There have been many different talent search shows through the years. They have been so popular though that these shows are likely never going to stop. Everyone likes seeing a contestant who comes from nothing to having an incredible career.


Craig Jones is a premiere event representative for a global organization.

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