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11 Bullied Talent Show Contestants Who Silenced Their Haters

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There's no shortage of inspiring stories on talent shows, but these contestants who overcame bullying are the most impressive of all:

1. Kyle Tomlinson

This teenage singer got a Golden Buzzer when he appeared on Britain's Got Talent, but also had a very hard time growing up. He describes being picked on, mocked, and even beaten with a scooter.

"But, you know, that's life," he said, "sometimes you have to literally take it on chin." That cheery attitude - and his incredible voice - took him all the way to last year's finals.

2. Devyn Rush

In season 10 of American Idol, 20-year-old Rush seriously impressed the judges, but since she left the competition she's made an even bigger impression on her young fans.

Rush tours the country talking to schoolkids about bullying, something she knows a lot about. “When I was in middle school I was bullied a lot," she says, "and I didn’t believe in myself.” Singing has taught her self-worth, and Rush wants to share that lesson with everyone.

3. Bars and Melody

These pint-sized rappers got a Golden Buzzer from Simon when they appeared on Britain's Got Talent, where they performed a special song with a strong message against bullying.

Leondre, the younger boy, revealed he was bullied in elementary school, and used music as a way to express himself and deal with the pain. While they didn't win the competition, Bars and Melody are still together and making music.

4. Brian Justin Crum

Crum has been singing since he was just 6 years old, and sadly he was bullied from an early age too. Other kids picked on Brian for being gay and overweight, and he didn't hesitate to share his story on America's Got Talent.

"I feel that people don’t share their personal stories enough!" he told HuffPost. "I want to be positive light and show all kids that no matter how hard it is, life can be amazing if you work hard. You just need to find your passion and throw yourself into it!"

Andrew Johnston, the incredible 14-year-old singer, wasn't afraid to share his personal story either!

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