Monday, September 5, 2011

#120 Nikki McKibbin

My American Idol finalist countdown series begin, from my least favorite to my most favorite.  It begins with my number 120 finalist, Nikki McKibbin. She is my least favorite American Idol finalist ever, but many viewers seem to like her. Before American Idol, she competed on the international reality television show Popstars, the precursor to the Idol franchise.  She was a stripper and an alcoholic. She was ranked by LA Times at number 42, between season 2's 4th placer Josh Gracin, and my season 9 favorite Michael Lynche.

Katherine Nicole McKibbin was born on September 28, 1978, in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is a wife and mother. Her husband Craig appeared alongside her in the second and fifth seasons of  Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Before her stint on American Idol, McKibbin ran a karaoke business called Angelfire Productions.

McKibbin auditioned for the first season of American Idol in Dallas, Texas, and advanced all the way to third place. With the exception of top 8 week, she was in the bottom 3 every week.

After her stint the show, she closed Angelfire Productions for good in order to focus on her career as a recording artist. She was signed to 19 Management and RCA Records. They convinced her to go country, but she refused as she was determined to stay true to her rock and roll roots. The creative differences resulted in no legitimate records being produced.

In 2004, McKibbin was featured on the holiday CD Christmas in a Fishbowl with several other reality television stars for In 2005, she was signed to the independent record label Astral Records, with her rock-influenced album originally intended to be released in February 2006.

In 2007, she released her debut CD Unleashed. For the promotional tour, she toured with the Texas heavy metal band Rivethead. Later in 2007, she recorded Christmas songs for the Christmas CD American Christmas.

The next post will be about my number 119 American Idol finalist, who finished 12th place on the second season of American Idol.

As for gender and age, my number 2 American Idol finalist is male, and he was 22 during his stint on the show. My number 1 American Idol finalist is female, and she was 17 during her stint on the show.

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