John Legend reminisces over bitter rejection from ‘Star Search

Melanie Aiden|March 03, 2021

John Legend gets emotional detailing the pain he left after being rejected from ‘Star Search’ back in the day

John Legend reminisces over bitter rejection from ‘Star Search’

Renowned singer and songwriter John Legend opens up about the pain he felt after learning of his rejection from the hit competition Star Search.

The star opened up about his pain during a chat with TV host Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.

He was quoted saying, "I wanted to be on Star Search so badly. I used to grow up watching Ed McMahon, and so many great artists actually came through Star Search. I would watch the show and I was like, 'I wanna be on there, I deserve to be on there!’”

"My local mall, it was called the Fairfield Commons Mall, outside Dayton, Ohio, they had a local Star Search competition and if you won the local competition they would send your tape to national Star Search.”

"I won the local Star Search competition, they sent my videotape to the national Star Search, and I never got a call backl. That was that." But, "I did get a $500 shopping spree at the new mall and I bought a lot of clothes, so I was happy.”

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