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Nikki McKibbin
Born September 28, 1978 (1978-09-28) (age 31)
Origin Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S.
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer, Songwriter
Years active 2002, 2005–present
Labels Chenoa, Astral, RCA

Katherine Nicole "Nikki" McKibbin (born September 28, 1978 in Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S.) 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.[1] In May 2007 she released her debut album, Unleashed.


American Idol

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"
Gloria Gaynor
Whitney Houston
N/A Advanced
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 1960's week Safe
Top 7 "Heartbreaker" Pat Benatar 1970's week Bottom 3
Top 6 "Hard-Hearted Hannah" Ella Fitzgerald Big band week Bottom 3
Top 5 "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" Naked Eyes Burt Bacharach week Bottom 2
Top 4 "Mary Jane"
"I'm the Only One"
Alanis Morissette
Melissa Etheridge
1980's week
1990's week
Bottom 2
Top 3 "Black Velvet"
"Edge of Seventeen"
Alannah Myles
Stevie Nicks
Judge's Week Eliminated

Post-Idol career

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.[2]

McKibbin ran Angelfire Productions, a karaoke company, but after Idol, "got out of the karaoke business" to focus on her music career.[3]

In 2004, she appeared on the holiday CD Christmas in a Fishbowl with several other reality stars for

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.[citation needed]

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 plays 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.[citation needed] 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.

McKibbin's debut album Unleashed came out May 22, 2007. For the promotional 2007 tour, McKibbin worked with Texas heavy metal band Rivethead.[4]

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).[5][6] While receiving a physical examination from Dr. Drew Pinsky in the season's first episode, she revealed that she was sexually and physically abused as a child. On top of that, and her addiction problems, she also lost her mother to addiction the year previous, 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 is on prescription ziprasidone and dextro-methamphetamine to reduce her anxiety, but Pinsky told her that it is unwise for a cocaine dependent to be taking those drugs. After McKibbin's completed the program at the PRC, she moved into a sober living environment which was filmed for a spin-off reality series titled Sober House.[7] She also debuted her new single, "Inconsolable", during the sober night out trip.

Personal life

McKibbin is married and has children. Her husband, Craig, appeared with her on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.[8]

McKibbin marked a year of sobriety on June 10, 2009.[9] In 2010 Nikki will do a live show at Diamond Jim's Saloon in Arlington, Texas.[citation needed]



  • Unleashed (2007)


  • 2006: "To Be with You"
  • 2006: "The Lie"
  • 2007: "Naked Inside"
  • 2007: "Save What's Left of Me"
  • 2007: "Cry Little Sister"
  • 2009: "Here to There"
  • 2009: "Inconsolable"

Compilation appearances

  • American Idol: Greatest Moments (2002)
  • Christmas in a Fishbowl (2004)
  • I Saw You on TV (2007)
  • American Christmas (2007)


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