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8 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol

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8 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol
Nearly 14 years have passed since the first season of American Idol. Yup, Kelly Clarkson has been in our lives for over a decade. The fifteenth (and final) season finale airs on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and we're getting nostalgic about it - "it" being the show and the year 2002 in general (a gallon of gas cost $1.61. $1.61!). Here are some of the moments, people, performances and quirks from American Idol Season 1 that we almost forgot about. 1. Calling in to vote.Remember when the only way to vote for our favorite contestants was to pick up the telephone to call? Once again,
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7 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol

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7 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol
Nearly 14 years have passed since the first season of American Idol. Yup, Kelly Clarkson has been in our lives for over a decade. The fifteenth (and final) season begins on Wednesday, and we're getting nostalgic about it - "it" being the show and the year 2002 in general (a gallon of gas cost $1.61. $1.61!). Here are some of the moments, people, performances and quirks from American Idol Season 1 that we almost forgot about. 1. Calling in to vote.Remember when the only way to vote for our favorite contestants was to pick up the telephone to call? Once again, we are confronted with
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'American Idol' Alum Elise Testone Debuts 'I Will Not Break' Video

'American Idol' Alum Elise Testone Debuts 'I Will Not Break' Video
Elise Testone's debut album, In This Life, hits shelves Tuesday, but the American Idol season 11 singer is giving fans an early treat with the release of her new music video for "I Will Not Break." The clip, directed by David Keller, features Testone and her love interest take a journey on a rowboat under a lush southern backdrop. Video: American Idol Hollywood Week Kicks Off With Nikki McKibbin, Son Tristen Langley Recorded in Charleston, S.C., In This Life--available for pre-order on her website--features appearances by fellow Idol alum Erika Van Pelt and Darius Rucker.  The

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Nikki McKibbin Talks Sobriety and Her Son's "American Idol" Dream

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Nikki McKibbin shocked everyone when she appeared on "American Idol" again this season ... showing up with a son who was actually old enough to audition.And they were both happy he didn't have to do it in front of Simon Cowell!"We didn't get along very swimmingly during the show," McKibbin tells toofab's Brian Particelli in a very candid interview via Skype. "The few times I ran into him afterwards were not that amazing either, avoid at all costs!"The "Idol" alum's son, 15-year-old Tristen Langley, made it through to the next round after singing Sublime's "Santeria." His journey continues this week, as the show moves to Hollywood for Wednesday and Thursday night's episodes.While his performance went viral, talk on Twitter also turned to Nikki's appearance and her past with drug abuse. Watch the video above to see what she said about being sober these days. Plus, hear the
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American Idol Hollywood Week Kicks Off With Nikki McKibbin, Son Tristen Langley (Video)

American Idol Hollywood Week Kicks Off With Nikki McKibbin, Son Tristen Langley (Video)
When American Idol's Hollywood Week rounds begin tonight, viewers will get to take another look at two familiar faces: Tristen Langley and his mom, season one alum Nikki McKibbin. Langley made Idol history as the first second-generation hopeful to go to Hollywood after his audition of "Santeria" by Sublime earned the 15-year-old a Golden Ticket. Judge Harry Connick Jr. feared the presence of McKibbin in the audition room would influence the decision, and she said the negativity directed at her child was a bit "heartbreaking." "I think that I was very well prepared for anything that

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American Idol: Kids Rule the Night

American Idol: Kids Rule the Night
If the Atlanta auditions on Thursday night's American Idol are any indication, "Hotlanta" might soon be known as "Totlanta." Kids ruled the roost, with memorable performances from a pair of 15-year-olds and a joyously childlike Ryan Seacrest co-hosting the show with his mother, Connie. Bria Anai, 15, wowed the judges with her voice, singing a stunning rendition of Adele's "One and Only", as well as a mega-watt lipstick that matched her pants. "I love the sparkly on the lips … because you can sing like that," said Jennifer Lopez. "Let me accentuate this mouth so they can focus on the magnificence.
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'American Idol': Season 1 finalist Nikki McKibbin's son auditions for Season 13

If you're a long-time "American Idol" fan, get ready to feel old. Nikki McKibbin, who finished third behind Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson in Season 1, has a son who wants to audition. "Idol" can't pass up a storyline like that.

On Thursday's (Jan. 16) episode, Tristen Langley and mom Nikki were a featured audition. Video is above, with judge Jennifer Lopez acting like she remembers McKibbin from more than a decade ago. And maybe she does, but we think perhaps there was some prompting on that one.

Anyway, there's some adorable footage of Tristen as a little boy in the audience at "Idol," then he sings "Santeria" by Sublime for his audition. There are some nice moments. He can play the guitar and sing, for sure.

But it wasn't perfect, and Harry Connick Jr. is not afraid to say that: "If mom weren't here and the story weren't here, it wouldn't work for me.
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American Idol: The Son of Season One's Nikki McKibbin Gets a Ticket to Hollywood

American Idol: The Son of Season One's Nikki McKibbin Gets a Ticket to Hollywood
The second night of American Idol featured a few familiar faces and a whole lot of characters. For the first time, a second-generation Idol hopeful earned a golden ticket: 15-year-old Tristen Langley - the son of season one's rocker girl Nikki McKibbin, who finished third behind Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini - sang a cool version of Sublime's "Santeria" to earn his way to Hollywood. Langley, who was accompanied into the audition by his mom, is already entrenched in Idol fans' memory banks: At the age of 4, Langley famously presented his mom with a rose after she performed. Also hoping
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Nikki McKibbin's Son Auditions on "American Idol"

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Get ready to feel reallllllly old -- because one of the Season One "American Idol" contestants has a kid who's old enough to audition for the show now!Nikki McKibbin, who placed third on the Fox show way back in 2002, made a surprise appearance on last night's episode.And she brought her 15-year-old son with her!Fans of the show may actually recognize Tristen. He actually appeared on the show back in the day too, giving his mom a rose after one of her performances when he was only 4.Jennifer Lopez recognized the now-35-year-old -- or at least pretended to -- and ended up giving her son a pass to Hollywood after his performance of Sublime's "Santeria."While Harry Connick Jr. wasn't impressed, saying it "wouldn't work for me" if he had showed up without a semi-famous mother, Keith Urban liked him enough to send him to Hollywood.Since her time on the show,
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"American Idol" Season One Contestants -- Then & Now

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When "American Idol" premiered in 2002, nobody had any idea it would become the juggernaut it is today.With the show's 12th season debuting tonight with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson, we thought we'd take a look back at the contestants from when it all began ... and see what they've all* been up to since.Over the past 11 years, contestants like Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin and Tamyra Gray have given us some amazing music, train wreck reality TV moments and even a movie called "Eating Out" ... seriously.While Kelly has gone on to become the most successful "Idol" alum of all time, what happened to everyone else?Check out the gallery above to see what they look like now ... and what they've been doing since 2002.*All except Christina Christian. We have no clue where she went ... and can't find any recent photos of her anywhere!
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Clay Aiken chides 'American Idol': 'Judges get too much of the focus'

Clay Aiken chides 'American Idol': 'Judges get too much of the focus'
Clay Aiken has complained that there is now too much focus on the judges on American Idol. The 'Invisible' singer spoke to Billboard about his upcoming tenth anniversary of competing on the Fox reality series, stressing that the show was more focused on music back in 2003. "Idol back in those days was about the contestants," he insisted. "Kelly [Clarkson] and Justin [Guarini] and Tamyra [Gray] and Nikki McKibbin, they were all the stars of the show." Aiken - who finished as a runner-up on the series - continued: "When I was on, Ruben [Studdard] and myself and Kimberley Locke were the stars of the show. Now Idol (more)
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3 Changes To Fix American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice

When American Idol first graced our television screens, no one would have known exactly how much of an impact it would make. It quickly became a cultural phenomenon with everyone and their mothers tuning in every week to see the original group of contestants sing, scream, and shriek. It was the season of the original “shocker” elimination (Tamyra Gray) and the season of the original contestant who just wouldn’t go away (Nikki McKibbin). Of course, when Kelly Clarkson was crowned as the winner of American Idol, the country went wild and to this day she remains relevant in the music industry. Over the years, judges left, viewers diminished, and many thought this show was nearing its end, but as it remains at the top of the ratings list, this show is far from over.

It would take a few years for the original UK version of The X Factor
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American Idol Top 4 Performance Recap: Lost in the Wilderness

American Idol Top 4 Performance Recap: Lost in the Wilderness
Say what you want about Ryan Seacrest, but dude has impeccable timing. For a brief moment during American Idol‘s Season 11 Top 4 performance telecast, I feared the hardest-working host on TV was about to propose to girlfriend Julianne Hough (and merge the powerful Idol and DWTS royal houses in the process).

But nope, Seacrest was just kidding around — and simultaneously promoting Hough’s new movie, Rock of Ages (so no hard feelings, okay?).

I, for one, was relieved. Not only would popping the question during Idol have been tackier than a Randy Jackson accessory — honestly, dawg has to stop trying
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American Idol: Was Season 11′s Top 10 the Strongest Ever? Take Our Poll!

American Idol: Was Season 11′s Top 10 the Strongest Ever? Take Our Poll!
There’s this weird part of the week — from Friday morning till Monday evening — when not a single major TV network airs a reality singing competition. It’s terrible, I know, but it also gives me a lot of time to ponder American Idol history. (Everyone does this in their free time, yes?) And my latest flight of Idol fancy got me mulling this question: Was Season 11′s Top 10 the strongest — top to bottom — in show history? Let’s examine:

For starters, I’d automatically rule out the five seasons with three or more Top 10 contestants who probably wouldn’t have outlasted Season 11′s No.
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The Voice Recap: When Live Takes Over!

The Voice Recap: When Live Takes Over!
The inaugural live performance episode of NBC’s The Voice was like a mashup of Adam Levine’s magnetism, Cee Lo Green’s missing shades, Christina Aguilera’s cleavage, Blake Shelton’s ad-libs, and Carson Daly’s personality. Which is to say the two-hour telecast was alternately hot, confusing, ridiculous, adorable, and vague.

Indeed, while I was most certainly entertained by the show that describes itself as “the world’s most exciting singing competition,” I’m also left scratching my head about its basic skeleton. Over the last six weeks, The Voice has winnowed its field down to 16 contestants — four
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'American Idol' Finale: Jim Cantiello's Live Blog

Baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low, because tonight the tenth insane season of "American Idol" is coming to a close.

It’s a cycle that brought us singing cleaning ladies, a scatting jazz freak, a galloping Nashville indie heartthrob, a growling sex kitten piñata, a pyromaniac rocker, a gospel lovin' spa concierge straight out of Compton, and, ultimately, two country fetus finalists who were born after Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" hit stores. With Simon Cowell on to bigger (and better?) projects, all eyes were on two new judges, more concerned with promoting their new singles than giving honest critiques.

Welcome to "American Idol X: Everybody’s Ridiculous (And Beautiful And Perfect!)"

The two hour seven minute finale spectacular kicks off at 8pm Edt, and I’ll be live-blogging every hot mess moment of it! The random cameos! The jaw-dropping group numbers! Randy Jackson’s sure-to-be-absurd outfit!
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'American Idol' Recap: Pia Kills, As James Weeps

Wednesday night's "American Idol" was supposed to be all about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But leave it to Jimmy Iovine's sleepwalking producers and Nigel Lythgoe's showbiz pizzazz to make it rock softer than an Air Supply acoustic album.

That's not to say the top nine of "American Idol X: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain" didn't give it their all and then some. This may go down as the sweatiest "Idol" episode ever. Did Idolland's air conditioning break, or is there a fire within these contestants causing them to look like James Brown on Pcp?

As an added challenge this week, producers handicapped the girls by forcing them to wear Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. collection of leopard-print diapers and silk tube-top jumpsuits. I guess they really don't want the Season 10 "Idol" to have a vagina. Paging Gloria Steinem!

Also
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'American Idol': How does Haley Reinhart's 'Piece of My Heart' stack up against other Idols?

When taking on "Piece of My Heart," on "American Idol," you aren't just putting yourself up against Janis Joplin (and Dusty Springfield, Erma Franklin and Faith Hill), you're singing a tune that's been in heavy rotation on the series since Season 1.

But Haley Reinhart was up to for the challenge during the Top 9 performance night -- and the judges loved it. Jennifer Lopez called her a "contender," Steven Tyler dubbed it "beautiful" and Randy Jackson praised the little touches she put on the iconic tune.

But how does it compare to the Idols that sang it before her? In addition to Haley, we've gather clips of Carrie Underwood, Asia'h Epperson and Crystal Bowersox.

(Nikki McKibbin, who was the first to sing "Piece" in Season 1, is regrettably absent. The only video we could find is on some Eastern European version of YouTube and we don't know the proper translation for "embed code.
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"RuPaul's Drag Race" Premiere Recap: "The Queen Who Mopped Xmas"

Oh Lordy! Monday night's Drag Race Season 3 premiere was expanded into a giant 2 1/2 hour block of Logo programming. At that rate, when will the network ever have time for Buffy re-runs?

Oh well, I can forgo yet another repeat viewing of "Once More With Feeling" in order to see some talented drag queens compete in a reality show. Especially a reality show that's a wild and gay[er] fusion of America's Next Top Model, Project Runway and Sarah Palin's Alaska!"

If this is your first time tuning in to RuPaul's Drag Race, then you're in for a treat!

First up in Logo's Mondays Are a Drag kick-off was a one-hour Drag Race casting special, then we had the first regular episode of the season, and finally there was a half-hour Untucked episode where we got to see the contestants backstage getting Absolut-ly wasted and taking catty swipes at one another.

But you know,
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'American Idol' Season 2: Ruben Studdard vs. Clay Aiken

The Season 10 premiere of "American Idol" is less than a week away and to make the days go by a bit faster, Zap2it decided to take a stroll down memory lane and re-evaluate the previous nine seasons.

Each day leading up to the premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 19, we will post a retrospective on each season. We're breaking it down into four categories: Best Performance, Worst Performance, Most Underrated Idol and most Overrated Idol. At the end, we will decide how the season stacks up against the rest, rating it as great, good, or not-so-good.

Yesterday, it was a look back at Season 1, the good (Kelly Clarkson!), the bad (Nikki McKibbin) and the ugly (Ryan Starr's wardrobe). Now it's Season 2's turn, which had arguably the most debated finale ever, as only 130,000 votes separated Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. We all know Ruben took home the title, but did he really deserve to him?
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