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RIP Nikki McKibbin
November 1st, 2020 under American Idol 1-5. [ Comments: none ]

Nikki McKibbin passed away from a brain aneurism yesterday at the age of 42. Her widow, Craig Sadler, wrote, “Many of you already know something is wrong. The love of my life Nikki Sadler suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday. She would already be gone, but she’s an organ donor and has been kept on life support to make that possible. That shouldn’t be a surprise to us. Even at the end she is still giving. She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us. There are only a few hours left for me to hold her hand and kiss her forehead.”

McKibbin is best known for coming in third place on the first season of American Idol. After the show, she released two albums and several singles along with starring in a few reality shows like Celebrity Rehab and its sister show Sober House.

For the latter part of her life, she lived a quiet life with her husband. However, in 2014, she joined her son, Tristen Langley, when he auditioned for American Idol.

Today, let’s remember the firey rocker by watching her performances on Idol.


Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson thought American Idol would fail
September 18th, 2019 under American Idol 1-5, Kelly Clarkson, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell. [ Comments: 4 ]

Kelly Clarkson has a new talk show and she had some huge guests on it today. They are Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and the dog Randy Jackson. Three people who have been with her since the start of her career back in 2002 on a little show called American Idol.

That was an interesting year for all of them and they talked about what it was like working on the singing competition before it aired. Cowell said the auditions were so bad he thought the show was going to fail. He went back to London and had no idea when the show was going to debut in the States. The day after it premiered, he got a phone call telling him the show was a hit. Cowell really thought it would be on for two weeks and then be done. Jackson felt the same way, but Paula knew it was going to be a hit. Who is the smartest one in the trio?

Although the boys would try to make Abdul look crazy and dumb on the judging panel. They would play a game they called The Name Game. Cowell would say to them, you can have x amount of time on Rodeo Drive with his black card if they said certain words like “spotted dick” on the air.

The had a lot of fun working together, as you can see, would they do it again? In a heartbeat. If I were ABC, I would fire those three judges they have now and replace them with this set. Then I would watch American Idol again.

One thing I will never watch again is From Justin to Kelly. I am not alone because Clarkson really hates the film. In fact, the singer told her nanny if she ever shows it to her two kids, that person would be fired. What would it take to get Clarkson to remake it? If Cowell did it with her. He would do it in a small role.

Talking about that film, whatever happened to Justin Guarini? He also was on the show and talked about how he landed that Dr. Diet Pepper commercials. However, he did not say if he would do another From Justin to Kelly. I would watch a sequel, wouldn’t you?

Seeing them all together makes me miss how good Idol was before they added the fourth judge. That is when the show went downhill.


Did young Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken ask Santa to make them the American Idol?
November 19th, 2018 under American Idol 1-5. [ Comments: none ]

Next month, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken doing a Christman spectacular on Broadway and the two singers shared a photo from their past. Not from their American Idol days, but way before they even dreamed about singing on a TV show. The only thing they wanted back then was toy mic they could sing into. That is because they were just little kids sitting on Santa Claus’ lap hoping he would put tons of toys under the Christmas tree just for them.

How precious were the two little boys who the only star they were dreaming about was the one on top of the tree in their living rooms?


Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard are doing a Christmas show on Broadway
October 19th, 2018 under American Idol 1-5, Christmas Music. [ Comments: 1 ]

After the first season of American Idol, someone thought it was a good idea to give Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini the movie From Justin to Kelly. It bombed Therefore for the second season, they opted not to do the same for Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard.

Now 15 years later, Ruben and Clay of them are finally getting a show together. The American Idol winner and runnerup will be doing a Christmas show at the Imperial Theater on Broadway for 3 weeks only starting on December 7th. They describe it as a Christmas Carol family fun pageant spectacular reunion show. What that means, only time will tell.

Do I think it is a good idea? I think it is 15 years too late, but yet I want to go see it. Do you?


Jimmy Kimmel Live stages an American Idol reunion
May 22nd, 2018 under American Idol 1-5, Jimmy Kimmel. [ Comments: none ]

Jimmy Kimmel Live did something that the ABC version cannot do and that is stage a reunion with some of the most memorable names from the Fox one. Names like William Hung, Chicken Little Boy, Scotty MacIntyre, Sanjaya Malakar with Crying Girl, Chewbacca Girl and the Pants on the Floor Guy. There were even two American Idols there, Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks.

If you are going to have all of those greats in one place, then what are you going to do with them? Make them sing for their dinner of course and they did. They gave us updates on their lives and some of them are still singing. Not professionally, but they never gave up their dream no matter how hard Simon Cowell tried to destroy them.

How he found them? We can only assume at the worst Karaoke bar in Anaheim. Where else?

When it comes to the ABC version can you name any of the contestants? Even the person who won last night? Did you even know they crowned a new winner yesterday?


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