The world watches a lot of Internet videos. In America, it was estimated that 178 million Americans watched 33 billion videos in just one month in 2013. As the audience for online videos has grown, so too has the power of sites like YouTube and Vimeo to seed and foster breakout viral videos. The people making and starring in these videos have gone on to build stadium-sized careers in music, film and television.
Combine the global reach of the Internet with the slickly produced talent shows like "American Idol" and "Britain’s Got Talent," and you have an environment primed for generating super stars. The ingredients are typically a dose of good looks, a dash of youth, and a sprinkle of talent baked in Simon Cowell’s oven at 375 degrees for a few months. No one is surprised to see people like Kelly Clarkson make it.
It’s the unexpected stories that I like best. I love when someone walks on stage to guffaws and laughs based on their appearance and then blasts the audience to tears with their submerged mega-talent. The more awkward, the more frumpy they look before they start to sing or dance, the better. Those are the stories and videos that cause this blogger’s tear ducts to crank open. There’s something about witnessing the moment that someone realizes their life is never going to be the same again. No matter what comes later — the good and the bad — in that first moment, the person is only hearing the cheers and thinking about how they finally did it, the hopes for the better life they had dreamed about for so long still washing over their face.
I’m getting teary just thinking about it. I mean. Onions. I’m cooking onions.
I collected all the best videos of unlikely talent show successes here for your viewing pleasure. Give it a watch!