Zac Efron to Lucy Hale— Five Celebrities with a Reality Show Past [VIDEOS]
Reality shows have kick-started the careers of many of today’s well-known stars. From Kim Kardashian to our own Ryan Seacrest, these celebrities have become so successful, it’s often easy to forget where they all began. Take Emma Stone and Ke$ha for example. Who knew these celebs had a reality show past?
Most people think of “Superbad” as Emma Stone’s breakout role, but the truth is that she got her start long before that. Stone appeared on a VH1 reality series in 2004 called, “In Search of the Partridge Family,” where she competed for the chance to appear in a new television series based on the classic 1970’s pop group. You can watch her perform on the show in the video below. However, while she succeeded in winning the coveted role of Laurie Partridge, the show never got picked up.
Who can remember a time when Nicole Scherzinger wasn’t a member of the Pussycat Dolls? Actually, we can. In 2001, she competed for a spot in another all girl group on the WB reality series, “Popstars.” The group, “Eden’s Crush,” went on to release their debut single later that year called, “Get Over Yourself.” It successfully reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, but according to Entertainment Weekly, the group disbanded at the end of the year.
Lucy Hale may have just signed her first record deal, but the “Pretty Little Liars” actress is not new to the music business. She competed—and won—on the “American Idol” spin-off, “American Juniors” in 2003. As a top-five finalist, Hale went on to become a member of the kid group of the same name. According to the LA Times, “American Juniors” was one of the highest-rated shows that summer, but the buzz didn’t last. Just two years after the show ended, the group also split.
Ok, so Zac Efron wasn’t a total nobody back in 2005 when he appeared on the MTV reality dating show, “Room Raiders.” At the time he was best known for his role on the WB’s “Summerland,” alongside fellow heartthrob, Jesse McCartney. His popularity as an actor was enough to make the ladies on the show squeal when they found out he would be raiding their rooms. But fortunately for Zac, it only took another year for him to land “High School Musical”—and Vanessa Hudgens.
Today nobody would guess that rebel pop star Ke$ha once hung out with the likes of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, but back in 2006 she actually appeared on their reality show, “The Simple Life.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ke$ha said that the idea was actually her mom’s, who answered an ad in the paper asking for an “eccentric family” that the socialites could stay with. Ke$ha even sang background vocals on Paris’s second single, but not surprisingly, the two are no longer friends.