Former Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken, performed a duet with an Idol contestant hopeful, who didn't make it past the auditions, but was remembered for channeling Aiken during his try-out.
While Ruben Studdard won the second season of American Idol, he seemed to fade from the spotlight after his record sales were eclipsed by the season's runner-up, Clay Aiken.
Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin surprised everyone with his choice of Tessa Horst in the season finale after all but telling runner-up Bevan that she would be the one.
In fact, during the Bachelor: After the Final Rose broadcast, Mesnick broke up with Rycroft and opted to pursue a relationship with Molly Malaney, the runner-up.
He gave his final rose to Melissa Rycroft, but during the After the Final Rose follow-up show, he broke up with Melissa and went back to his runner-up, Molly.
During the first season of Rock of Love, Michaels chose Jes Rickleff as his "rock of love", but the two broke up on stage at the show reunion (with Jes claiming that Michaels should have chosen runner-up Heather Chadwick).
He was originally the runner-up in Survivor Australia and returned to play in the first Survivor All-Stars season, where he was the 5th person voted out.
The winner of the first season of I Want to Work for Diddy was Suzanne Siegel, but the runner-up was also hired to work in another part of the company.
Then, during the After the Final Rose special, Mesnick broke up with Rycroft and asked runner-up Molly Melaney if she would give him another chance.
Exit interviews for the two runner-up contestants were posted, as well a clip of final thoughts from the winner - but the finale hadn't yet aired.