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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.

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    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
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    Since this was before his High School Musical days, he introduced himself as the star of Summerland.

    Watch the first part of the episode here:

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

    she had a powerful voice
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    She lost to 12-year-old Marty Thomas, who was sure Britney was going to beat him.

    Watch a clip of her performance here:

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

    she alternated between cases 24 and 11
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    She told Esquire, "I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet. I went from working in the US Embassy in Argentina to ending up on Deal... It helped me to understand what I would rather be doing."  

    Watch a clip here:

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    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
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    She told the Observer, "I thought it was important for the audience for that show to see a Black rapper and media mogul embracing a trans woman of color on television.  I was hoping it might change things for me and other trans women of color on the streets and in Black communities. I never really wanted to be a personal assistant. I have always wanted to be an actor."

    Check out a promo for the show here:

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

    it was 2007
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    The MTV series sought to re-create the success of the '80s boy band Menudo, which originally brought stars like Ricky Martin and Robi Draco Rosa into the spotlight.

    Watch a clip here:

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    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
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    The group recorded one album together before disbanding in 2005. 

    Watch one of her performances here:

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    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
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    The two hit it off and became friends. 

    Watch a clip of Jackie hanging out with Kourtney here:

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    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
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    The group's original lineup lost the competition, but Beyoncé featured footage of their performance in her "Flawless" music video.

    Watch their performance here:

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    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
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    For this episode, Paris and Nicole were interning with a wedding planner.

    Watch Kesha react to her episode here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    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
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    She performed a series of impressions. 

    Watch some of her celebrity impressions here:

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    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
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    The cast members helped her remedy a wardrobe malfunction.

    Watch the clip here:

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    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
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    She was awarded the part of Laurie, but only one episode of the reboot ever aired.

    Watch one of her performances here:

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    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
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    She joined the cast in 2015 and stayed on for two seasons. 

    Watch a full episode here:

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    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"
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    They're known for movies such as Crazy, Stupid, Love and Warm Bodies.

    Watch their final interview here:

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    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
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    She later returned to the show as a judge. 

    Watch her dance with her brother Derek here:

    View this video on YouTube

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    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"
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    She was only 19 at the time. 

    Watch her performance here:

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

    she was a social media star too
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    She left in 2016 as her rap career was taking off. 

    Watch a compilation of her best moments here:

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    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
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    At 17, she became the youngest winner in Idol history.

    Watch her American Idol audition here:

    View this video on YouTube

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

    he was 22 at the time
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    He teamed up with fellow YouTuber Meghan Camarena.

    Watch him recap his final episode here:

    View this video on YouTube

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

    she played guitar for her audition
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    Five years later, she hit the top of the charts with "Call Me Maybe."

    Watch her audition here:

    View this video on YouTube

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

    she went on to to release her hit album "Jagged Little Pill"
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    She didn't win, but she went on to record her first hit five years later. 

    Watch her react to a clip of her performance here:

    View this video on YouTube

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

    you know him from "Dan and Phil"
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    He came in second on his episode.

    Watch him react to his episode here:

    View this video on YouTube

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

    she sang "I Will Always Love You"
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    She was part of Eden's Crush, which was comprised of Popstars winners, before joining the Pussycat Dolls.

    Watch her audition here:

    View this video on YouTube

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

    she's the "Follow Your Arrow" singer
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    She told Yahoo! Music, "It was a great platform to get myself kind of accustomed to being in the industry and seeing what it was like being away from my tiny little hometown in Texas."

    Watch her performance here:

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