Star Search.. Looking Back at Today’s Stars That We First Saw on the Show.

Posted 20 Jun 2010 in Uncategorized


Live contestant talent shows are all the rage for about ten years now.  I don’t need to name them, you know what they are.  Star Search was hosted originally by Ed McMahon from 1983 thru 1995 and then later by Arsenio Hall for a couple years, 2003 and 2004.

It’s amazing to look back at some of the indeed star talent that made their way to that stage at Earl Carroll Theatre in California and later at the Disneyland Hollywood Studio in Orlando, Florida.

The talent was broken down into five full time categories Male and Female Vocalist, Vocal Group, Comedy and Dance. There were also five part time categories. There was Teen Vocalist and Junior Dance the first half of each season and it was followed by Junior Vocalist and Teen Dance in the second half

So let’s enjoy seeing some of the name that, in many cases, made their national debuts on Star Search

In alphabetical order, here are some notable performers from Star Search


Female Performers

  • Aaliyah, 1989 (Singer, Actress)
  • Alanis Morissette, 1988 (Singer)
  • Alisan Porter, 1987 (Junior Vocalist)
  • Anna Maria Perez de Tagle
  • Ashley Argota, 2003
  • Beth Hart, 1993 (Female Vocalist winner)
  • Beyoncé 1993 (Female Singer)
  • Bianca Ryan, 2004 (Singer)
  • Bobbie Brown, 1990 (Spokesmodel, 13-time winner)
  • Britney Spears, 1994 (Singer)
  • Christina Aguilera, 1990 (Singer)
  • Coors Light Twins (Diane Klimaszewski & Elaine Klimaszewski), 1987 (Teen Dance category)
  • Countess Vaughn, 1988 (Junior Vocalist Champion)
  • Cynthia Gouw, 1988 (Spokesmodel Winner, 3 time Emmy award winning TV anchor/reporter)
  • Dana Gould, 1987 (Comedian)
  • Devin DeVasquez (Female Spokesmodel winner)
  • Destiny’s Child, 1991 (Singers as Girls Tyme)
  • Diana DeGarmo (Singer)
  • Elisa Fiorillo, 1983 (Female Vocalist winner)
  • Garcelle Beauvais 1986 (Spokesmodel)
  • Ingo Oschmann, 2003 (Comedy champion)
  • Janel Parrish, 2003 (Singer)
  • Jeanie Tracy, 1984 (Female Vocalist Semi-Finalist)
  • Jenny Jones (Comedian)
  • Jessica Sierra (Singer)
  • Jessica Simpson (Singer)
  • Jordis Unga, 2004 (Singer)
  • Julie McCullough, 1987 (Spokesmodel)
  • Karen Thomas, 1986 (Spokesmodel)
  • Karina Pasian
  • Kata Hay, 1993 (Singer, as Kata Huddleston)
  • Kimberly Caldwell (5-time Junior Vocalist winner)
  • Lauren Ambrose, 1990
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Linda Eder (Singer)
  • Lisa Tucker, 2003 (Singer)
  • Lizette Santana (a.k.a. Lizé), 1994 (Singer)
  • Loni Love, 2003 (Comedian, second place finalist)
  • Marne Patterson, 1989 (Junior Vocalist)
  • Nadia Turner (Singer)
  • Natalie Horler, 2004 (lead singer of Cascada; appeared on the German version of Star Search)
  • Q’Orianka Kilcher, 2002 (Singer)
  • Rashaan Patterson (Singer)
  • Reva Rice (Singer)
  • Rissi Palmer (Singer)
  • Rosie O’Donnell, 1984 (Comedian)
  • Shanice Wilson (Singer)
  • Sharon Stone, 1984 (Spokesmodel)
  • Shayna Steele, 1992 (teen vocalist)
  • Sophie Tamiko Oda (Singer)
  • Spensha Baker 2004 (Junior Singer Finalist)
  • Támar, 2004 (Singer)
  • Tamara Walker, 1991 (Spokesmodel)
  • Tatyana Ali (Singer; actress on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
  • Taylor Mason (Comedian, winner)
  • Terri Lynn Doss (Spokesmodel)
  • Tiffany, 1985 (Singer, second place finalist)
  • Tracey Ross, 1984 (Spokesmodel winner)
  • Tracie Spencer, 1987 (Female Vocalist Champion)
  • Vickie Natale, 2003 (Female Vocalist winner)

Here are some highlights

Posted by Larry Carta

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