Katherine Nicole “Nikki” McKibbin was a singer-songwriter of American rock music who finished third in the American Idol reality television series debut season. McKibbin participated in the first season of Popstars, prior to American Idol. He was born on September 28, 1978, in Grand Prairie, Texas, United States.
She released Unleashed, her debut album, in May2007. McKibbin died from a brain aneurysm on October 31st, 2020.
Nikki appeared on American Idol in 2002 and ranked seventh. Nikki was in the bottom three every week, with the exception of 1960s Week, a total of six times including elimination.
In 2004, alongside many other reality stars for Fishbowl.com, she starred on the holiday CD Christmas in a Fishbowl.
McKibbin joined the Dallas rock band, Downside, in May 2005. Together, they did several concerts, including a sold-out show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas, but McKibbin left the band in September of the same year due to artistic and personal differences.
Also, she appeared in the E! Destroy Reality Entertainment reality show, which recorded the filming of The Scorned, a TV movie featuring a cast of people who had been on reality TV shows; in the film, McKibbin played a singer.
In 2014, during his audition, McKibbin was seen accompanying her son Tristan to the thirteenth season of American Idol, where he made it to Hollywood. But, before the live shows, he was cut.
She is married and has a son from a previous relationship, Tristen Cole Langley. Her husband, Craig, turned up with Dr. Drew on Celebrity Rehab with her.
McKibbin died from a brain aneurysm on October 31, 2020. After Michael Johns in 2014, Rickey Smith in 2016, and Leah LaBelle in 2018, she is the 4th American Idol finalist to die.
RIP, Nikki McKibbin. You were one of the most colorful and interesting American Idol contestants. You were such a kind, genuine soul when I met you that year with @JimVerraros at the AIDS Walk. pic.twitter.com/tHgtQRjO5h