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Nikki McKibbin

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A competitor in the first season of the Fox reality series American Idol (2002), vocalist Nikki McKibbin (born Katherine Nicole McKibbin) earns a historical footnote as the very first of the said program's contestants to sing gritty, unpolished hard rock; she drew praise from the judges for her original, unconventional approach but finished third in the running (losing to the very different Kelly Clarkson).A native of Grand Prairie, TX, McKibbin was reportedly a "born performer" from early childhood who loved to sing and dance and nurtured dreams of becoming a professional vocalist. She endured a difficult period in her late teens and early twenties that witnessed her surviving a challenging marriage, divorce, single motherhood, and economic hardship (at one point McKibbin supported herself as a strip-club dancer), but she eventually overcame these obstacles and actually competed as a singer on two competitive performance-based series: Popstars and Idol. The offer of an RCA recording contract materialized for McKibbin after Idol, but "creative differences" between the two parties (RCA wanted the diva to sing country, which she refused to do) failed to yield a workable album. McKibbin subsequently made appearances on additional reality series including Fear Factor and Kill Reality, and briefly joined the Dallas-area rock group Downside. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi



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  • 2010
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68% American Idol
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  • Reality cast member
  • Appearing
  • 2002

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