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Pictures: Talent show losers that became winners!

Ronan Parke

Ronan Parke only came 2nd in the final of Britain's Got Talent 2011. But some reckon he could be the UK's Justin Bieber and he's been rumoured to have been offered a record deal!

Simon Cowell

And Ronan wouldn't be the first to make it to the top, despite losing out on one of Simon Cowell's shows. Here are some more losers that became winners!

Susan Boyle

Just look at Susan Boyle! She was the first Britain's Got Talent star. Over 100 million people watched her performance online - but she only came 2nd!


You don't get much bigger than these boys. JLS lost out to Alexandra Burke in series 5 of The X Factor, but you can't hold talent like theirs back for long!

Olly Murs

Joe McElderry might have won series six of X Factor - but Olly Murs is still going strong, and even doing a bit of presenting on this year's show!

Liberty X

Back in 2001 when the X Factor didn't exist - Liberty X came 2nd in the show Popstars. They went on to have 10 top 20 hits - miles more than the winners, Hear'Say.