By Frank Donovan
Our fave singers got to where they are by starting young. And thank goodness there are shaky handheld audience vids and shocking Star Search losses to prove it! Some artists like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber knew they had it going on from an early age, while others like Rihanna and Lauryn Hill were surprisingly timid on stage. If they only knew…
See our list of 15 stars as youngins, belting it out to varying levels of success and promise.
We barely recognize Avril without her heavy eyeliner performing this medley including Faith Hill’s “How Do I Live.”
Bruno was the cuUutest Elvis impersonator, and only 4 years old here!
How did they boo Lauryn off the stage though.
Ed McMahon—leave Britney alone!
We like the visual of Justin and Britney meeting backstage after both losing on Star Search.
You’ll recognize this episode of Star Search from Beyonce’s “Flawless.”
Tween T-Swift hits the high note in the Star-Spangled Banner!
X-Tina does Whitney Houston proud on Mickey Mouse Club back when she was just 12 years old.
Katy used to rock a blonde bob and Alanis Morissette vibes??
Ariana had serious pipes even as a 14-year-old. Here she’s singing “Over the Rainbow.”
Aaliyah was everything as a 10-year-old belting “My Funny Valentine” on Star Search. Yes, she lost. Get it together, judges!
Demi brings it with a rendition of “The Trouble With Love Is.” Bonus points for holding a Vitamin Water the whole time?
Rihanna covers Mariah Carey “Hero,” and it is positively bizzare-o to see her without her usual DGAF steez.