Jermaine Paul, 'The Voice,' Season 2
"No One" expected underdog Jermaine Paul to take the competition from seemingly unstoppable former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca, but against all odds, Alicia Keys' former back-up singer was crowned the Season 2 victor.
Taylor Hicks, 'American Idol,' Season 5
The soulful singer beat out tall, leggy beauty Katharine McPhee to the surprise of most 'Idol' viewers. (Especially those rooting for fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry.) How did the grey-haired soul singer become the oldest contestant to win 'Idol' at age 29? Just ask "The Soul Patrol." At least Katharine's got 'Smash'!
Hosea Rosenberg, 'Top Chef,' Season 5
The milquetoast contestant was more focused on romancing Leah (with a girlfriend back home) than cooking adventurous, surprising dishes. Still, Hosea managed to claim victory over the likes of fan favorite Fabio and odds-on favorite Stefan. USA?
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Tina Wesson, Survivor,' Season 2
Tina was the silent threat in 'Survivor''s Australian excursion, eventually beating out the affable Colby, despite his prowess in the challenges. In the end, it was was the brains that beat the brawn. A refreshing shock.
Jeanine Mason, 'So You Think You Can Dance,' Season 5
Jeanine Mason was not only the youngest contestant on 'SYTYCD,' she was also one of the series more unexpected winners. Her screen time leading into the finals was minimal, but her talent was huge — big enough to beat favorites like Brandon.
Vienna Girardi, 'The Bachelor,' Season 14
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Despite the fact that the press constantly gave Vienna the side-eye (hey, she gives it right back to us. ZING!) over rumors of her double life, selfishness, and even her stupidity, Jake gave his final rose to the contestant, leaving Tenley heartbroken. But, based on Jake's behavior during an interview after the two split, Vienna was smart to fly away from the pilot.