Music Reality Show Winners Who Became Massively Successful

It is not often that music reality show winners become real-life stars. This is not to say that all of them end up being average musicians. Actually, there are many who braced the odds and made it big after setting reality show stages on fire.

Can you name ten stars who won reality shows and went ahead to become massively successful? Here are some of the most popular ones and a summary of their journeys:


The amazing Usher Raymond started his career as a child. As a 13-year-old, he competed and won Best Teen Vocalist on Star Search. He didn’t immediately become a superstar after the victory, but it is all part of his storied career.

Carrie Underwood

Unlike many former American Idol winners, Carrie Underwood has gone ahead to prove herself a superstar. After winning the fourth season of the reality show in 2005, she released the song “Inside Your Heaven”, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She has also made history as the first and only artist to have seven consecutive No. 1 releases on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart after releasing her sixth album.

Zayn Malik

Another music reality show winner who became massively successful is Zayn Malik. Before he captured the heart of many people around the world with his One Direction band members, Zayn Malik was an X-Factor contestant (with the band, of course). While he has left the group, his exploit on the reality show stage cannot be easily forgotten.

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis became the third winner of the British version of the X-Factor in 2006. She didn’t waste time after the victory but released an album the following year. That album, “Spirit”, quickly became the fastest-selling debut album in the history of the United Kingdom. She has recorded many more successes, including having five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Jordin Spark

Jordin is another American Idol winner that has braced the odds to become a successful musician. Despite being the youngest winner of the show at the age of 16, she has never disappointed.

There you have it! Above are some music reality show winners who became massively successful. While many music reality show winners have been nothing short of disappointments, some have performed really great. The five in this list are definitely among the most successful ones in terms of musical outputs.