Following the news of American Idol contestant, Nikki McKibbin of Season 1 passing away due to a brain aneurysm over the weekend, fans of the iconic reality show have been devastated. But many are also taking to social media to reflect and honor the stars from the then Fox reality TV show who had passed over the years. While the series has had its fair share of exciting moments, it has not been without some tragedy amid its almost year history. Seven contestants from the show have died over the years, most recently with McKibbin this past weekend and before then, Leah LaBelle, who appeared on Season 3 of the series. In addition to the two starlets, the passing of Rickey Smith, Joanne Borgella, Michael Johns, Alexis Cohen and Paula Godspeed followed — all other contestants who made memorable impressions on Idol fans before their deaths. While the third season of American Idol kicks off in with returning judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and Ryan Seacrest back to hosting, scroll through for a look at the lives of these phenomenal Idol singers no longer with us.
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When we're not going on dates or flipping through Tinder , many of us are living vicariously through others—on reality shows like The Bachelor ette , of course. Romantic reality TV binging is the guilty pleasure we all love to hate. And even those of us who stay far away from it can recognize and respect how iconic the genre has become. Though The Bachelor ette has totally dominated romantic reality TV since it first aired back in yes, it's been that long , several other shows have tried to carve out their own space in the genre. Touting premises like chaining love interests together and offering contestants the chance to date fake Prince Harry, many of these shows carried so much promise. But most of them met the same swift TV demise, eventually.
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Its producers thought they had hit US TV gold with a new television dating show featuring single American women pursuing the hand of a young Briton posing as Prince Harry. But although Matt Hicks, a year-old environmental consultant from Exeter, may have duped the aspiring princesses with diamonds in their eyes, the reality show I Wanna Marry Harry did not woo viewers. The Fox network has dropped the series from its prime-time schedule following just four episodes after it attracted record-low audiences. US television reviewers not only expressed incredulity that the bachelorettes — a brash assembly of cocktail waitresses, aspiring actresses and models — were really duped by Mr Hicks, a semi-lookalike for the fourth-in-line to the throne. They also criticised the show as insulting, cynical and sexist.
The US television network Fox has sent 12 American women to a British stately home in the belief that they are contenders for Prince Harry's hand in marriage. The stunt has been filmed as part of a reality television series titled I Wanna Marry Harry. The real Prince Harry is expected to propose to his girlfriend. Credit: Getty Images.