Ideally, singing competitions like NBC’s The Voice offer undiscovered contestants the chance to become almost famous. But in season 5, which began on Monday, we’re seeing contestants who are already famous.
During last night’s blind auditions, E.G. Daily – the voice of Rugrats’ Tommy Pickles, a sometime movie actress (Pee-wee’s Big Adventure), and a singer with a top 10 hit (1987’s “Mind Over Matter”) – competed for a second chance at a music career. And during Monday’s premiere, host Carson Daly told Briana Cuoco, actress Kaley Cuoco’s sister, that she will get to audition in an upcoming episode. (Briana has had small roles on The Big Bang Theory, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and The Newsroom.)
In past seasons, we’ve seen blind auditions from a slew of semi-famous faces, including Raquel Castro (the daughter in Jersey Girl), Tarralyn Ramsey (VH1’s Born to Diva winner), Dia Frampton (of the band Meg & Dia), and American Idol alums Emily Valentine and Frenchie Davis.
Here are five other past Voice contestants who had previous brushes with fame:
1. Tony Lucca, season 2 second runner-up, was a Disney Mouseketeer along with Voice judge Christina Aguilera. Watch him harmonize with JC Chasez on The New Mickey Mouse Club here:
2. Jordan Pruitt, eliminated during the season 3 Battle Round, also had a Disney backstory. She released two albums, No Ordinary Girl (2007) and Permission to Fly (2008), and toured with High School Musical: The Concert.
3. Cassadee Pope, season 3 winner, was the lead singer of pop punk band Hey Monday and appeared in Degrassi Goes Hollywood. Catch a glimpse of her with Pete Wentz here, and watch a Hey Monday video below.
4. Jesse Campbell, season 2 quarterfinalist, was signed to Capitol Records and released his debut album, Never Let You Go, in 1995. Here’s one of his singles, “When U Cry, I Cry”:
5. The Morgan Twins, eliminated during the season 4 Battle Rounds, appeared on season 2 of American Idol singing Alicia Key’s “Fallin’.” Ten years later, the duo sang the same song for their Voice audition.
PopWatchers, do you think semi-famous singers should get another chance on The Voice? Let us know in the comments!