In 1989, Aaliyah Dana Haughton appeared on Star Search. She performed "My Funny Valentine". She had previously been preparing for the performance by practicing the song, as her brother Rashad recalled. She had heard her mother sing the song before. Several times during her career, this performance was mentioned. In an interview in 2000, Aaliyah said she believed she should have won. Following a performance, she confirmed she had previously appeared on Star Search and lost yet still had a successful career as a singer. The performance was depicted in the Lifetime Aaliyah biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.

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