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    I Just Learned That These 24 Celebs Were On Reality TV Before They Were Big Names In Hollywood

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    Every celebrity has to start somewhere. For many of them, a reality TV appearance helped get their name out there before most people knew who they were.

    Here are 24 celebs who were on reality shows before they became big names in Hollywood:

    1. When Zac Efron was 17, he chose which of three girls he wanted to ask out after rifling through their bedrooms on the MTV dating show Room Raiders.

    he seemed very excited to be on the show

    Watch the first part of the episode here:

    View this video on YouTube

    MTV / Via youtube.com

    2. Britney Spears was only 10 when she auditioned for Star Search in 1992.

    she had a powerful voice

    Watch a clip of her performance here:

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    Syndication / Via youtube.com

    3. Early in her TV career, Meghan Markle briefly held a briefcase on Deal or No Deal.

    she alternated between cases 24 and 11

    Watch a clip here:

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    GSN / Via youtube.com

    4. Laverne Cox competed for a job as a celebrity assistant on I Want to Work for Diddy in 2008, but she only made it to the second week.

    she got her own VH1 show after this

    Check out a promo for the show here:

    View this video on YouTube

    VH1 / Via youtube.com

    5. Before he joined Big Time Rush, Carlos PenaVega competed on the boy band–forming competition show Making Menudo.

    it was 2007

    Watch a clip here:

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    MTV / Via youtube.com

    6. Lucy Hale won the American Idol spinoff American Juniors in 2003, and she formed a pop group with the other winners.

    this was even before her "Wizards of Waverly Place" days

    Watch one of her performances here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Fox / Via youtube.com

    7. Orange Is the New Black star Jackie Cruz took an art class with Kourtney Kardashian on Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.

    they hung out for a few episodes

    Watch a clip of Jackie hanging out with Kourtney here:

    View this video on YouTube

    E! / Via youtube.com

    8. Nine-year-old Beyoncé competed on Star Search with her group Girl's Tyme, who later changed their name to Destiny's Child.

    Beyoncé was a child

    Watch their performance here:

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    Syndication / Via youtube.com

    9. Kesha assisted Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in finding her mom a date on an episode of The Simple Life.

    she was about 15

    Watch Kesha react to her episode here:

    View this video on YouTube

    EndemolShine / Via youtube.com

    10. Before she joined the Saturday Night Live cast, Melissa Villaseñor competed on America's Got Talent.

    she stood out by wearing shoulder pads and a big bow

    Watch some of her celebrity impressions here:

    View this video on YouTube

    NBC / Via youtube.com

    11. In 2008, the then-unknown singer Lady Gaga headlined an event where the cast of The Hills was filming.

    they helped her get the zipper up on her catsuit

    Watch the clip here:

    View this video on YouTube

    MTV / Via youtube.com

    12. Under her real name, Emily, Emma Stone won the singing competition In Search of the New Partridge Family in 2005.

    she was one of several winners

    Watch one of her performances here:

    View this video on YouTube

    VH1 / Via youtube.com

    13. JoJo Siwa, complete with her iconic bows, got her start at the Abby Lee Dance Company on Dance Moms.

    Maddie Ziegler was also on the show

    Watch a full episode here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Lifetime / Via youtube.com

    14. Before they were an actor, Lio Tipton came in third on the 11th cycle of America's Next Top Model.

    they played the babysitter in "Crazy, Stupid, Love"

    Watch their final interview here:

    View this video on YouTube

    CBS Television Distribution / Via youtube.com

    15. Julianne Hough was one of the professionals on Dancing with the Stars before leaving to pursue music and acting.

    her brother Derek was also a professional on the show

    Watch her dance with her brother Derek here:

    View this video on YouTube

    ABC / Via youtube.com

    16. Miranda Lambert placed third in the singing competition Nashville Star the year before her first album went #1.

    she sang "Texas When I Die"

    Watch her performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

    USA Network / Via youtube.com

    17. Cardi B joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York in Season 6.

    she was a social media star too

    Watch a compilation of her best moments here:

    View this video on YouTube

    VH1 / Via youtube.com

    18. Jordin Sparks won a local TV singing competition called Arizona Idol, which let her skip the line at her American Idol audition.

    she was 16 when she auditioned

    Watch her American Idol audition here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Fox / Via youtube.com

    19. A few years before creating Escape the Night, Joey Graceffa competed on The Amazing Race.

    he was 22 at the time

    Watch him recap his final episode here:

    View this video on YouTube

    CBS / Via youtube.com

    20. In 2003, Carly Rae Jepsen made it to the final three on Canadian Idol.

    she played guitar for her audition

    Watch her audition here:

    View this video on YouTube

    CTV / Via youtube.com

    21. When she was 14, Alanis Morissette auditioned for Star Search.

    she went on to to release her hit album "Jagged Little Pill"

    Watch her react to a clip of her performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Syndication / Via youtube.com

    22. Before he was a YouTuber, Phil Lester competed on the quiz show The Weakest Link.

    you know him from "Dan and Phil"

    Watch him react to his episode here:

    View this video on YouTube

    AmazingPhil / BBC / Via youtube.com

    23. Before she was the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger competed on Popstars.

    she sang "I Will Always Love You"

    Watch her audition here:

    View this video on YouTube

    The WB / Via youtube.com

    24. And finally, Kacey Musgraves placed seventh on Nashville Star's fifth season.

    she's the "Follow Your Arrow" singer

    Watch her performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

    USA Network / Via youtube.com