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Katherine Nicole "Nikki" McKibbin (born September 28, 1978) is an American rock music singer-songwriter who finished third in the debut season of the reality television series American Idol. Prior to American Idol, McKibbin appeared in the first season of Popstars. In May 2007 she released her debut album, Unleashed.
|Born||September 28, 1978|
|Origin||Grand Prairie, Texas, United States|
|Labels||Chenoa, Astral, RCA|
In 2002 Nikki appeared on American Idol, placing third. With the exception of 1960s Week, Nikki was in the bottom three every week, a total of six times (including elimination).
|Round||Song choice||Original artist||Theme||Result|
|Audition||"I Will Survive"
"One Moment in Time"
|Pasadena audition||"Unchained Melody"||The Righteous Brothers||N/A||Advanced|
|Semi-final||"Total Eclipse of the Heart"||Bonnie Tyler||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 10||"Ben"||Michael Jackson||Motown||Bottom 3|
|Top 8||"Piece of My Heart"||Janis Joplin||The 1960s||Safe|
|Top 7||"Heartbreaker"||Pat Benatar||The 1970s||Bottom 3|
|Top 6||"Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah)"||Ella Fitzgerald||Big Band||Bottom 3|
|Top 5||"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"||Naked Eyes||Burt Bacharach||Bottom 2|
|Top 4||"Mary Jane"
"I'm the Only One"
|Top 3||"Black Velvet"
"Edge of Seventeen"
Immediately following her stint on American Idol, McKibbin signed with 19 Management and RCA Records. They urged her to record a country album, but she was determined to stay true to her rock roots; she rejected the idea, saying she felt she would be "selling out." The creative differences resulted in no releasable recordings being produced.
McKibbin ran Angelfire Productions, a karaoke company, but after Idol, "got out of the karaoke business" to focus on her music career.
In 2004, she appeared on the holiday CD Christmas in a Fishbowl with several other reality stars for Fishbowl.com.
In May 2005, McKibbin joined Dallas rock band Downside. They did several shows together including a sold out show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas, but due to creative and personal differences McKibbin left the band in September of the same year.
In 2005, McKibbin appeared in several reality shows, including a "Reality TV Stars" episode of Fear Factor, and the sports competition show Battle of the Network Reality Stars, in which her team won. She also appeared in the E! Entertainment reality show Kill Reality, which documented the filming of The Scorned, a television movie featuring a cast of people who had been on reality television shows; McKibbin played a singer in the film.
Later in 2005, it was announced that she was signed to Australian indie label Astral Records, with her rock-influenced album originally intended to be released in February 2006. Recording began in December 2005, starting with a cover version of Mr. Big's "To Be with You". A single of "The Lie"/"To Be with You" and a limited edition behind-the-scenes DVD was made available through her official web site.
Late in 2007, McKibbin recorded two Christmas songs for the American Christmas album. One was a cover of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Vince Vance and the Valiants and the other was an original, "Alone With The Christmas Lights."
In 2008 McKibbin appeared on the second season of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, in which she received treatment for cocaine and alcohol addiction at the Pasadena Recovery Center (PRC). While receiving a physical examination from Dr. Drew Pinsky in the season's first episode, she revealed that she was sexually, physically and emotionally abused as a child. On top of that, she also lost her mother to addiction the previous year, causing her to carry a heavy amount of emotional pain. Dr. Pinsky noticed signs of hepatomegaly during the examination, most likely caused by her alcoholism. She said that she was on prescription ziprasidone and dextro-methamphetamine to reduce her anxiety, but Pinsky told her that it was unwise for a serious addict to be on such powerful medications. Her withdrawal was painful, and the day after she was taken off her medications she experienced the lethargy of withdrawal syndrome.
After McKibbin completed the program at the PRC, she moved into a sober living environment, which was filmed for the Celebrity Rehab spinoff Sober House. During a group night out for McKibbin and her fellow sober living housemates, which fell on the anniversary of her mother's death the previous year, she gave her first-ever performance while sober, singing her song, "Inconsolable".
McKibbin later appeared in the fifth episode of Celebrity Rehab's fifth season, during which she marked three years of sobriety, and performed for that season's cast.
McKibbin was born in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is married and has a son, Tristen Cole Langley, (b. December 20, 1997), from a previous relationship. Her husband, Craig, appeared with her on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
McKibbin marked a year of sobriety on June 10, 2009.
- Unleashed (2007)
- Psychotrip (2012) – EP with band Love Stricken Demise
- "To Be with You" (2006)
- "The Lie" (2006)
- "Naked Inside" (2007)
- "Save What's Left of Me" (2007)
- "Cry Little Sister" (2007)
- "Here to There" (2009)
- "Inconsolable" (2009)
- "Made It" (2011)
- "Celebrity High" (2011)
- "VIEW; 'Survivor' for Stardom", Lynn Harris, New York Times, March 11, 2001.
- McGinn, Andrew; "Nikki McKibbin: At home Mom Still Bad to the Bone"; USAToday; April 8, 2008.
- Sery, Gil; "“I’m More Than Just A Singer”: An Interview with American Idol’s Nikki McKibbin"; foxesonidol.com; December 1, 2005.
- "In Santa's Bag, Songs That'll Sleigh You – or Not (washingtonpost.com)". www.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- Kaufman, Gil. "'American Idol' Alum Nikki McKibbin Says Simon Cowell Drove Her To Drink, Drugs". MTV News. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- "Rivethead teams up with Idol Nikki McKibbin"; pegasusnews.com; April 2, 2007. Archived April 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Celebs check into Celebrity Rehab 2"; vh1.com Archived June 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- TV Guide; June 23, 2008; Page 8
- "Sober House Will Follow Celebrity Rehab Cast, Andy Dick in Sober Living". Reality Blurred. December 19, 2008
- Sober House. VH1. March 5, 2009. No. 8, season 1.
- "Family Weekend". Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Season 5. Episode 6. July 31, 2011. VH1.
- Angermiller, Michele Amabile. "American Idol Hollywood Week Kicks Off With Nikki McKibbin, Son Tristen Langley (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Episode 2.6 VH1; November 27, 2008
- Norris, Chris. "Hitting Bottom" The New York Times, December 30, 2009; Page 4 of 6