The Big Break: Famous Star Search Contestants

These famous celebrities got their start on Star Search.

Beyonc? - Before she was the chart-topping, trend-setting superstar that she is now, Beyonc? Knowles appeared on Star Search as part of Girls Tyme?the group that would eventually become Destiny's Child. (Photo: Mark Davis/Fox/PictureGroup)

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Beyoncé - Before she was the chart-topping, trend-setting superstar that she is now, Beyoncé Knowles appeared on Star Search as part of Girls Tyme—the group that would eventually become Destiny's Child. (Photo: Mark Davis/Fox/PictureGroup)

Usher - OMG! It was Usher's Star Search appearance that led to his meeting with L.A. Reid, who subsequently signed him to LaFace Records. The rest, as they say, is history. (Photo: Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup)

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Usher - OMG! It was Usher's Star Search appearance that led to his meeting with L.A. Reid, who subsequently signed him to LaFace Records. The rest, as they say, is history. (Photo: Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup)

Tatyana Ali - Though she's perhaps best remembered for playing Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, diehard fans of Star Search will recall young Tatyana Ali singing her rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." (Photo: Brian Dowling/PictureGroup)

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Tatyana Ali - Though she's perhaps best remembered for playing Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, diehard fans of Star Search will recall young Tatyana Ali singing her rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." (Photo: Brian Dowling/PictureGroup)

Sinbad - Before he was a sitcom and stand-up star, Sinbad appeared on the Star Search comedy finals competing against John Kassir. (Photo: Mark Davis/PictureGroup)

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Sinbad - Before he was a sitcom and stand-up star, Sinbad appeared on the Star Search comedy finals competing against John Kassir. (Photo: Mark Davis/PictureGroup)

Martin Lawrence - Much like Sinbad, Martin Lawrence also competed in the Star Search comedy finals in the late '80s and went on to fame and fortune. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Martin Lawrence - Much like Sinbad, Martin Lawrence also competed in the Star Search comedy finals in the late '80s and went on to fame and fortune. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Dave Chappelle - After Dave Chappelle's first Star Search appearance in 1993, he became the show's youngest returning champion in the comedy category. That same year he appeared in the film Robin Hood: Men in Tights. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

Rosie O?Donnell - Years before she became a movie star, talk show host and part-time political pundit, Rosie O'Donnell competed in Star Search's comedy category. (Photo: L.Martinez/JPegFoto/PictureGroup)

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Rosie O’Donnell - Years before she became a movie star, talk show host and part-time political pundit, Rosie O'Donnell competed in Star Search's comedy category. (Photo: L.Martinez/JPegFoto/PictureGroup)

Countess Vaughn - Although she is best known for comedic roles in sitcoms such as The Parkers and Moesha, Countess Vaughn showed off her singing skills on Star Search. Her song of choice: The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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Countess Vaughn - Although she is best known for comedic roles in sitcoms such as The Parkers and Moesha, Countess Vaughn showed off her singing skills on Star Search. Her song of choice: The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Carlos Mencia - Carlos Mencia holds the dinstinguished title of "International Comedy Grand Champion," which he won on Buscando Estrellis?the Spanish-language version of Star Search. (Photo: UPI/Michael Bush/Landov)

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Carlos Mencia - Carlos Mencia holds the dinstinguished title of "International Comedy Grand Champion," which he won on Buscando Estrellis—the Spanish-language version of Star Search. (Photo: UPI/Michael Bush/Landov)

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Christina Aguilera - At age 9, Christina Aguilera appeared on Star Search to demonstrate her powerful vocal talents. She would go on to Disney and eventually pop stardom. (Photo: Tony Bartone/PictureGroup)

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Adam Sandler - The Waterboy star and one time SNL cast member also got his start on Star Search in the '80s. (Photo: Brad Barket/PictureGroup)

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Adam Sandler - The Waterboy star and one time SNL cast member also got his start on Star Search in the '80s. (Photo: Brad Barket/PictureGroup)

Britney Spears - Long before her mega-stardom and tabloid infamy, Britney Spears charmed the Star Search audience with her rendition of "Love Can Build a Bridge." (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup)

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Britney Spears - Long before her mega-stardom and tabloid infamy, Britney Spears charmed the Star Search audience with her rendition of "Love Can Build a Bridge." (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup)

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Aaliyah - Before she became "That Somebody," Aaliyah was another child contestant showing the Star Search audience what she was capabale of. RIP Aaliyah. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Justin Timberlake - After his appearance on Star Search, Justin Timberlake would go on to become a "mouseketeer" on The New Mickey Mouse Club and his evolution into one of pop/R&B's biggest superstars.(Photo: Albert L. Ortega/PictureGroup)

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Justin Timberlake - After his appearance on Star Search, Justin Timberlake would go on to become a "mouseketeer" on The New Mickey Mouse Club and his evolution into one of pop/R&B's biggest superstars.(Photo: Albert L. Ortega/PictureGroup)