Being a celebrity can be a little strange. A lot of stars work for years to be recognized in the industry. However, at any given moment, these stars could be completely forgotten by their peers and fans. Sometimes it’s because of a bad movie, or an album that didn’t do so well. Sometimes stars “drop off the face of the earth” because of a scandal they’ve been involved in. In some instances though, a celebrity can simply be forgotten because the public is no longer interested. There doesn’t have to be a real reason for this. Sometimes people just get sick of seeing the same faces in television, movies and music. Society, collectively, also has a pretty short attention span when it comes to entertainment. So, as soon as a new artist comes on the scene, some creative professionals are pushed to the side for an indefinite period of time.
That’s got to be pretty stressful. One minute you’ve got more endorsements than you can count. The next minute, your agent is practically begging companies to let you promote their product. That’s a pretty interesting way to live, to say the least. Unfortunately, here are twelve celebrities that you probably won’t remember in the next five years.
12 Myspace Tom
It’s highly likely that you probably already forgot who Myspace Tom is. He’s the guy that would virtually greet you back in the day when you opened a Myspace account. Now that Facebook has pretty much taken over the world, Myspace has pretty much become a thing of the past. Myspace Tom has achieved success in other arenas, though. While his face is still somewhat recognizable, he has posted some of his photography work online. He’s also kept up with the times and has an Instagram account where people can see some of his creative work. Looks like he’s OK with not being in the spotlight anymore.
Okay, it was catchy and cute at first, but now we’re all pretty much sick of “Gangnam Style”, PSY’s hit single. When the video was posted online, it got over 1 billion views, which is pretty impressive. The new take on the Harlem Shake became the replacement for “Gangnam Style”, but the song will always be regarded as this generation's “Macarena”—another initially cute but eventually annoying song that we all wanted to get out of our heads at some point. Of course, PSY has tried to make new music, but it wasn’t received as well as his first single. It’s only a matter of time before no one recognizes him.
10 Tay Zonday
If you like looking at crazy videos on YouTube, chances are you’ve seen Tay Zonday’s video for his hit tune “Chocolate Rain.” Tay Zonday (who is also called Chocolate Rain by his fans), has more than 90 million views on YouTube. That equates to some serious Internet fame. However, in five years (or one, for that matter), you probably won’t remember him. Zonday, whose real name is Adam Bahner, has posted more songs since “Chocolate Rain,” but they are not nearly as popular. When his song went viral, he was a PhD candidate, which was a smart move, because it doesn’t look like the world will continue to be interested in hearing him sing.
9 Grumpy Cat
Sure, Grumpy Cat is cute. Yes, the cat’s face of disapproval is quite appropriate when you just can’t find the words to describe something you’ve just seen or heard. However, you’ve got to admit that it’s the creative people behind the hilarious memes featuring the cat that make this feline a star. After all, there’s always a cuter animal who could easily serve as Grump Cat’s meme replacement. Yes, we realize that cats on the Internet have been a thing for quite some time, but it may only be a matter of time before people are sick of seeing cats be grumpy—or any other emotion.
8 Courtney Stodden
Aspiring actress Courtney Stodden got famous after she married actor Doug Hutchinson. He was 51 when they tied the knot, and she had to get permission from a parent or guardian to be his wife, because she was only 16. Hutchinson is best known for his side character role in Lost. The couple had been trying to get a reality show for years now, which is how they’ve stayed relevant. They also got a stint in the VH1 reality show, Couples Therapy. That’s probably the last you’ll really hear of them. After all, if their fame is dwindling now, they’ll likely be non-existent in Hollywood in five years. Unfortunately, none of Stodden’s plastic surgeries or adult film appearances will keep her and her husband famous for long.
7 Blake Lively
Sure, Blake Lively’s got that fresh-faced, girl next door look. That’s probably why she’ll likely be forgotten in about five years. Sure, she stars in those commercials about hair dye you can apply at home, and she starred in Gossip Girl and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies, but with her recent movie choices like The Age of Adelaide, chances are she won’t be around much longer. It seems that movies about unrealistic aging are the kiss of death for acting careers in some cases. Lively has expressed that she has an interest in cooking and home decor, so maybe that will be next for her. She’s also got her actor husband Ryan Reynolds, and baby girl James, to keep her busy.
6 Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande was one of the breakout stars for the Nickelodeon teen sitcom, Victorious. When the show was cancelled, she maintained her role as Cat in the spin-off series Sam & Cat, starring alongside Jeanette McCurdy, who played brash tomboy Sam on iCarly. Rumors swirled about the two fighting on set, but some interviews with McCurdy confirmed that the two were probably just tired of being typecast. Sam & Cat is no more, and Ariana has gone on to pursue a music career. She’s been doing pretty well, and has a beautiful voice. She’s even been called the next Mariah Carey. We’ve all seen what has happened to Carey’s golden pipes over the years, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if no one can recall Ariana Grande in the next half-decade.
5 Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon has had a good run, but it wouldn’t be a shocker if she wasn’t as popular five years from now. She made her debut in the movie Cruel Intentions with Ryan Phillippe, who eventually became her husband. The two split after seven years of marriage and two kids, but Reese was still pretty popular due to her Legally Blonde movies and her impressive portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk The Line. Most recently, Witherspoon made the news for her entitled and arrogant behavior toward a police officer when her current husband Jim Toth, was pulled over for drunk driving. That’s definitely not a good plan for staying relevant.
Rahat, or as he’s known by his YouTube name, MagicofRahat, isn’t a name you’re likely to remember in five years. For the time being, however, he’s pulled off some pretty hilarious and creative pranks online. One that stands out is the drive-thru invisible driver prank, which has gotten lots of views. However, you can only be an Internet pranker for so long, which means that if Rahat doesn’t show the world that he has other talents, he’s likely to be a “thing of the past” pretty soon. After all, some of Rahat’s prank victims are starting to recognize him in real life, which is a sign that his time is almost up.
3 Sophia Grace and Rosie
These adorable tutu-clad tykes were made famous by Ellen DeGeneres when she introduced them on her show. The duo have performed on the talk show several times, and Ellen even gave them the opportunity to cover the red carpet at a few events. They even had a recurring skit on The Ellen Show called “Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie.” While the two little girls definitely balance each other out (Rosie is shy and Sophia Grace is outgoing), they’re not going to be little forever. They’ve even got a few Nickelodeon movies under their belt, but we all know how cruel Hollywood can be, even to children.
2 Carly Rae Jepsen
Remember when singer Carly Rae Jepsen stormed the music world with her hit single “Call Me Maybe?” That was a few years ago, but the song got the attention of Jimmy Fallon, and he and The Roots did a remix of the song on Fallon’s late-night show. Jepsen even had the opportunity to sing “Call Me Maybe” on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. She’s come out with other singles since then, including “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” and “I Really Like You.” While the songs are nice, they didn’t have quite the appeal of her debut single. Looks like music fans are giving her one more chance to release another catchy tune before they forget all about her.
1 The Kardashians
This may be hard to believe, but people are actually starting to get sick of the Kardashians. They’re always on the entertainment blogs and tabloids, and they pretty much star in every show that comes in E! except for the entertainment news. Some would say that the family does anything to get attention, and the fact that Kim had a wedding special on television and Caitlyn Jenner now has a spin-off reality show, makes it hard to argue with this theory. The Kardashians have had a good run, but unless they do something really newsworthy in the next few years, they’re likely to be replaced by a new family of attention-seekers.