Through 15 seasons, the original American Idol provided the big break for stars such as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and more to launch their careers into stardom. Of course, along with the many winners, there were even more who didn’t make it to the spotlight or were rejected from the show all together. It might be surprising to learn that some other well known celebrities all tried to get their career off the ground by auditioning for American Idol, but it didn’t work out so well for them. Here are 13 popular celebrities who didn’t make it on American Idol but found their way to stardom anyway!
13. Alan Ritchson
Despite auditioning for American Idol in an effort to jumpstart his career, Alan Ritchson is now known, but not for his singing. Ritchson auditioned in the show’s third season in 2004 and even performed a striptease to persuade judge Paula Abdul to push him through to the next round. Ritchson’s antics got him to the top 87, and while his singing career didn’t pan out, the very next year he landed a role on the hit superhero series Smallville as Arthur Curry/Aquaman. Now, he is best known for his roles as Thad Castle in Blue Mountain State, Gloss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Raphael in the new Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles films.