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Before ‘Idol,’ there was ‘Star Search’

Before ‘Idol,’ there was ‘Star Search’

Before 'Idol,' there was 'Star Search'
Before ‘Idol,’ there was ‘Star Search’

The show, which ended 10 years ago this month, spawned many superstars, but not all of them were winners.

Ten years ago this month, “Star Search” went off the air for good. The pioneering TV talent competition, which had its heyday during its Ed McMahon years from 1983 to 1995, underwent an Arsenio Hall-hosted reboot in 2003, but by that time, a little show called “American Idol” had come along and stolen its thunder.

But truth be told, no talent show, not even “Idol,” ever spawned as many superstars as “Star Search” did. Many hugely successful singers got their start on the charmingly cheesy show (including future Idols David Archuleta, Diana DeGarmo, and Kimberly Caldwell; current “Voice” contestant Josh Kaufman; and two “Voice” coaches, Christina Aguilera and Usher). Interestingly, many of these singers didn’t win. But that obviously didn’t slow them down.

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