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Ever wonder if your favorite celebrity always had that “IT” factor? Before American Idol, some of today’s biggest names in entertainment, from Rihanna to Usher, got their start on a local talent show or the legendary Star Search.  While in production from 1983-1995, Star Search boasts celeb alum such as Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Tatiana Ali, and Usher.  Did you know the boy band heartthrob we fondly refer to as JT, use to rock out to country music?…cowboy hat included.

Take a look at 11 stars who made it after performing in a talent competition:

Rihanna (High School Talent Show 2003)

Tiffany Evans (Star Search 2003)

Beyoncé / Girl Tyme (Star Search 1993)

Justin Timberlake (Star Search 1992)

Usher (Star Search 1991)

Tatiana Ali (Star Search 1990)

Aaliyah (Star Search 1989)

Christina Aguilera (Star Search 1989)

Countess Vaughn (Star Search 1988)

Fergie (Kids Incorporated 1985)

Shanice (Star Search 1984)

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From Talent Shows To Sold Out Shows: Stars Before They Were Famous  was originally published on