Reality TV show castoffs who cashed in anyway. Thanks for the exposure!
They may have been losers on their respective reality competitions, but they’ve turned their downfalls into upgrades. These reality stars have beaten the odds and showed America doesn’t always get it right.
These are the stars that prove first place doesn’t always get all the spoils.
Mariano appeared in several “Survivor” reunion shows, competed in “The Amazing Race,” as well as played in several televised poker competitions. In addition, he and his wife, Amber, got their own spinoff show, “Rob and Amber: Against The Odds” on the FOX Reality Channel. He also co-hosted the SyFy channel’s “Sci Fi Investigates.” (Getty Images)
Bowersox went on to sign a record deal with judge Simon Cowell’s Jive Records and her first album, “Farmer’s Daughter,” initially outsold her season’s winner, Lee DeWyze. (Getty Images)
Chaplin went on to be a pro on “Dancing With The Stars.” (Getty Images)
After winning the “Fan Favorite” vote, Coffey went on to her own series called “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.” She has also written a memoir and guest starred in the off-Broadway musical, “My Big Gay Italian Wedding.” (Bravo)
Despite losing, DaCosta went on to have a pretty successful modeling career. Later, she made several TV appearances including the daytime soap, “All My Children,” and “Ugly Betty.” She has also appeared on Broadway and scored several film roles including the Oscar-nominated film, “The Kids Are All Right.” and “Tron: Legacy.” (Getty Images)
Donaldson went on to appear in two “Survivor” reunion shows. Also, he has appeared in several scripted shows including “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Bones,” and “Reba.” He also appeared in Wes Craven’s film, “Red Eye.” And he hosts History Channel’s “Top Shot.” (Getty Images)
Hasselbeck is now a co-host on “The View.” (ABC)
She was the runner-up in Martha Stewart’s spinoff on the “The Apprentice,” went on to star in “Real Housewives of New York,” nab her own spinoff show, “Bethenny Ever After” on Bravo, and she competed in the first season of ABC’s “Skating with the Stars.” Not to mention, she rules over her own health food empire, Skinny Girl. (Bravo)
Hightower went on to become a pro on “Dancing With The Stars.” (Getty Images)
Hudson released a best-selling album and won a Grammy. She also went on to star in several films and became an Oscar winner for her supporting role in “Dreamgirls.” (Getty Images)
Adam Lambert released his first album, “For Your Entertainment,” which initially outsold his season’s winner, Kris Allen. He also earned a Grammy nomination for the album’s second single, “Whataya Want From Me.” (ABC)
Lambert’s first album went Platinum with four singles making the Top 40 Billboard Hot Country charts. She has won several awards including a Grammy, as well as numerous honors from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country music. (Getty Images)
In addition to joining “The Celebrity Apprentice,” she went on to star in several other reality shows including “The Surreal Life” and “Fear Factor,” as well as appear on “The Oprah Show.” Reportedly, she’s currently developing a new show with Donald Trump. (ABC)
She went on to appear in two “Survivor” reunion shows, “The Surreal Life,” “The Joe Schmo Show,” and she posed for Playboy. (Getty Images)
He took his loss and then went on to become the next “Bachelor.” He also made a guest appearance on Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” (Getty Images)
She went on to appear in Season 2 of “Flavor of Love,” then she moved on to star in three shows of her own on Vh1. She appeared in the film, “First Sunday,” and she was part of the national tour of the all-black cast of “The Vagina Monologues.” She has gone on to act in a couple other stage roles. (Getty Images)
In addition to creating his own design label, Rice went on to his own series on Lifetime with another “Runway” alum, Austin Scarlett, called “On The Road with Austin and Santino.” He is also on the judging panel of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on Logo. (Getty Images)
Schwimmer on to become a pro on “Dancing With The Stars.” (Getty Images)
He went from losing on Season 2 to returning for the “Top Chef: All-Stars” season. He’ll soon be serving up his molecular culinary skills in his own reality series on SyFy called “Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen.” (Bravo)
Wiig went on to become a regular on “Saturday Night Live,” a regular voice actor on “Family Guy,” several movies and she plays a recurring role on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Bored to Death.” (Getty Images)