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"American Idol Extra"


Fox Reality, the only ALL REALITY, ALL THE TIME channel, premieres “American Idol Extra” the first-ever series to reveal the backstage drama of what really happens on “American Idol” AFTER the weekly vote-off show on FOX. The original Fox Reality series, which is produced by 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia, begins on Thursday, March 16 and will continue through the crowning of this season’s winner in May. Each week, the show will air on Fox Reality at 6:30 p.m. EST (3:30 Pacific) and again at 10:30 p.m. EST (7:30 Pacific), repeating numerous times throughout the week.

Thank you so much for participating in our inaugural season of production! Your segment is slated to air on:

Thursday, April 6th (Nikki McKibbin)

Please note that this date and time are subject to change without notice.

FOX Reality will then re-broadcast the show on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (also at 6:30 p.m. EST and 10:30 p.m. EST).

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About Fox Reality

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- Fox Reality

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The show achieved unprecedented audience records of around 28 Million viewers per show, making it the highest rated show in America

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Week on week the top rated program for all key demographics;
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- AI


Moment: Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One"
Why You Remember Her: The plucky, flame-haired punk rocker and one-time, single-mom stripper with a heart of gold won fans over with her cocktail waitress background and spunky attitude.
Post "Idol" Achievement: Despite finishing third in the inaugural season, McKibbin has struggled to get her musical career off the ground and only recently released her debut indie-label album, appropriately titled Unleashed. Signed by RCA Records after the show, McKibbin said she spent three years extracting herself from that recording contract after the label insisted she record a country album. Instead, McKibbin, 28, went back to cocktail-waitressing at places like Hot Rods and Hogs, a biker bar in Arlington, Texas, in between touring and appearing on a string of seven reality shows including "Fear Factor," "Battle of the Network Reality Stars," and "Kill Reality."
Just Like Starting Over: "[Unleashed] is a whole new sound, probably something no one's ever heard before," McKibbin said of the nine hard-rock tunes she recorded with Dallas industrial/metal act Rivethead. "I think people would expect a rock album from me because of what I did, but they wouldn't expect this kind of heavy metal stuff." How heavy metal? A promo video for "The Lie" on her Web site is set in the Middle Ages and features a battle between highland warriors, and a knife-fight to the death starring McKibbin. She also briefly played with a group called the Mother Truckin' Skull Diggers and another called Downside. The petite singer said she's waited this long to release her debut because she'd rather be "broke and happy" than rich and miserable singing songs she hates. "It was extremely difficult to go back to cocktailing after being on the show, with people asking me, 'Why do you work here?' " she said. "But it pays the bills and I can't sit still."
From Crowd Crush To Silence: While the "Idol" adulation wore off after about six months, McKibbin said the initial rush of fame was disorienting. She recalled being in a mall in Arlington, Texas, with season-one winner and still pal Kelly Clarkson and being immediately swarmed by hundreds of kids waving napkins begging for autographs. "We lived in such a bubble the first season we didn't know what to expect," she said. "We didn't know how big it was, so the first time Kelly and I ended up in the same mall there was this rush of kids. We had no idea we were even famous." Though her dream from childhood was — no joke — to be a forensic pathologist, the soon-to-be-newlywed hopes she can do this for the rest of her life, thanks to her "Idol" fanbase.
- Gil Kaufman

"Next Big Name In Texas Music"

This time of year, plenty of music publications like to tell readers which up-and-coming acts will become big in the coming months. Is that interesting? Sure, if you like to dive headfirst into the murky pools of hype that still churn outside many recording labels' headquarters.
Instead, music critics Thor Christensen, Mike Daniel and Mario Tarradell would like to inform you about some Texas music acts that actually deserve success. "The big time" isn't necessarily inevitable for these nine notable artists. But in our judgment, it should be.
POP MUSIC: Our critics tell you which Texas acts deserve success in 2008
Nikki McKibbin
Grand Prairie-born Nikki McKibbin mixes the raspy power of Janis Joplin, the pop-rock propulsion of Pat Benatar and the dark allure of Evanescence's Amy Lee. On Unleashed, the former American Idol finalist's 2007 debut, the Fort Worth-based singer and her band Rivethead amplify the catchy hooks, the rock bombast and the grass-roots passion. Check out the disc's first three songs: the explosive "The Lie," a crunchy cover of "Cry Little Sister" from The Lost Boys film and the rock-funk onslaught that is "Electrik." She does one more cover, an acoustic take on Mr. Big's "To Be With You" that showcases her expressive yet lived-in pipes.

- Mario Tarradell


March 12, 2008
Nikki McKibbin Bares All to ‘Extra’

Posted by ExtraTV Staff on March 12, 2008 9:29 AM

A suicide attempt, a psych ward lockdown and a stripper scandal, no it’s not the latest word from the NY Governor’s mansion, it’s season one “American Idol” contestant Nikki McKibbin opening up to “Extra” in an exclusive interview! And the fluorescently redheaded warbler wants to set the record straight.

Nikki insists that she wasn’t sent to the psych ward in her hometown of Fort Worth, after a suicide attempt, saying, “I was hospitalized, but not because I tried to kill myself.” McKibbin says that Star magazine’s report was false, and the 911 call from her friends was because of her allergic reaction to pain medication.

Regarding the violent confrontation with police outside her home, Nikki admits to kicking and screaming her way into a squad car, but she told “Extra” she doesn’t remember saying, “I want to be with my mom in heaven,” as Star also reported. What she does remember is being the first “Idol” contestant with a stripper past, and she has some advice for David Hernandez who’s now caught in the middle of a similar scandal.

“Don’t let what people think about you ruin your life,” Nikki says. Regarding Simon, the former “Idol” is not looking to be judged anymore, saying, “There are a lot of things I could tell him [Simon] but unfortunately you wouldn’t be able to air them.” Only her fans will be judging Nikki now, as she’s continuing her music career with a new industrial metal album, “Unleashed.”

- Extra TV Staff

"DAllas News Review"

"The disc is solid, a hooky and crunchy collection of rock tunes with just enough bite to keep the headbangers happy". - MARIO TARRADELL / Music Critic Dallas Morning News
Nikki McKibbin thought her dreams for stardom were about to come true when she won a spot on the 2002 inaugural season of American Idol. GuideLive/Entertainment
The hard way...
Each week, millions of viewers watched as the 23-year-old Grand Prairie singer made her way to third place, right behind winner Kelly Clarkson of Burleson and runner-up Justin Guarini.
But for Ms. McKibbin and many other American Idol contestants, being successful on television and even signing a recording contract didn't bring instant stardom in the real world.
After the show, Ms. McKibbin, who had established herself as a rocker during the TV competition, was given a recording contract with a major label, RCA Nashville. But she refused to record the country-pop songs pitched to her, and, for the next three years, she made a living waiting tables and participating in five other reality programs, including Fear Factor and Popstars.
Finally in 2005, with the help of a lawyer, she got out of her RCA contract and went the independent route. Her debut CD, Unleashed, was released in early July on California's small Chenoa Records.
"As far as the show goes, and building an incredible fan base, of course it was a blessing," the 28-year-old said last week by phone from her Fort Worth home. "I wouldn't be able to do that without the show. The curse was not letting me musically do what I wanted to do and not letting me be what I am as an artist. I wasn't going to sell out and not do what I wanted to do."

Ms. McKibbin can attest to that. She was marooned at RCA Nashville for three years, refusing to make the country album the label brass wanted her to sing. With the help of an attorney, she negotiated her way out.
A spokesman for RCA Nashville said the executive most familiar with Ms. McKibbin's contract was unavailable for comment.
"The contract value was $375,000," Ms. McKibbin said. "I was offered $125,000 to get out of the contract. I could have fought for the full $375,000 ... but I decided to just take the $125,000 and run."
Now she's starting over, working as a waitress at Arlington's Hot Rods and Hoggs and taking the grass-roots road to promoting Unleashed with her band, Rivethead. The disc is solid, a hooky and crunchy collection of rock tunes with just enough bite to keep the headbangers happy.
"This is the record I wanted to make when I got off American Idol back in 2002," she says. "My band has made this album more amazing than I could have even dreamed."
For the thousands waiting for their life-altering chance outside of Texas Stadium during today's American Idol auditions, the possibilities of anything going awry are miles from their melody-loaded heads.
Tiffany Tatum of Dallas is one of those dreamers planning to stand in the long line for her big break.
"I just want the world to see that I have talent," the 28-year-old said Thursday. "I feel like I was born to sing. I want to share my gift with people. This is something I've wanted to do for a long time. I most definitely want the kind of success Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have. I want to be there."
Ms. McKibbin has a few words of warning – and encouragement.
"Anybody that's auditioning for the show sees the fame," she says. "I'm going to be famous, I'm going to be on television, this is my dream and this is the easiest way I'm going to do it. It's not easy. I never worked so hard in my life as I did while I was on that show.
"Don't get me wrong, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. But it's not just the 30 minutes or the hour that you see on television. It's much more than that. It is a lot of fun and you do meet a lot of great people, but we're talking 16- and 20-hour days. ... It is a grueling week of work."

- Mario Tarradell





Nikki NcKibbin is best known for her stand up rock em' out performance on American Idol Season 1, where she placed third behind Kelly Clarkson. One of the show's highlights features Nikki bringing down the house with her rendition of Janis Joplin's "Piece Of My Heart". Another high point of the show was Nikki 's rockin' version of the smash hit song "Black Velvet".
Nikki kicks off 2009 with her VH1 'Sober House' guest appearence. The show is a follow up to VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr.Drew. The show runs from January 15, until the end of March.