10 Now-Famous Singers Who Were Rejected by American Idol

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Celebrities make mistakes just like the rest of the world; some actresses even turned down movie roles that would eventually win Best Actress at the Academy Awards! But for the most part, stars’ journeys to fame were filled with countless rejections that still sting, no matter how famous they eventually became. Take Tori Kelly for instance, a now-Grammy-nominated singer who was told she had an “annoying” voice by Simon Cowell on American Idol. WHAT THAT—

And guess what — she wasn’t the only one who tried and failed to succeed on the reality singing competition! Check out the video above to see 9 other singers who didn’t make it on AI.

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