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'American Idol's Fantastia Barrino & Husband Kendall Taylor Expecting First Child Together!

Fantasia Barrino is having another baby!

The 36-year-old American Idol winner announced on Tuesday (November 24) on her Instagram Live that she and husband Kendall Taylor are expecting their first child together.

Fantasia broke the news by first opening up about her fertility struggles, revealing that she turned to prayer to help conceive.

“Keep trying and you will conceive,” Fantasia said, before standing up to reveal her baby bump.

Kendall then gave his wife a kiss on her belly, saying, “Listen to me, a little Taylor baby on the way in these streets.”

This will be the first child for the couple, who married in July 2015. Fantasia has two kids from relationships — son Dallas, 8, and daughter Zion, 19 — and Kendall is dad to a son named Treyshaun.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Kellyanne Conway's Daughter Claudia Appears to Be Auditioning for 'American Idol'

It looks like Claudia Conway is auditioning for American Idol!

The 16-year-old daughter of former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway took to her TikTok on Sunday (November 15) to reveal that she is auditioning to get on the ABC singing competition show.

“Hey guys, I’m here at American Idol confessional,” Claudia says in the video before turning her phone to film a cheering film crew. “I met Ryan Seacrest today, and I have my audition soon. So stay tuned for that! I’m very, very nervous, but very excited.”

American Idol began production for their upcoming season back in October, according to Deadline.

Claudia has gained a lot of popularity on social media, where she often bashes Trump and her mom.

Last month, Claudia revealed that Kellyanne had tested positive for Coronavirus, before her mom announced it publicly. Claudia also tested positive and they had to isolate together.

Over the summer, Claudia said she was “officially pushing for emancipation,” but hasn’t provided an update since.

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Nikki McKibbin Reflected on Her Struggles a Year Before Her Death

Nikki McKibbin got candid about her personal struggles a year before her death.

The American Idol Season 1 alum sadly passed away over the weekend at the age of 42.

“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my career, but also in life in general. I’ve battled substance abuse and I’m winning, but it’s still a struggle every day. For a long time, I wasn’t taking care of myself. I wasn’t being the person I should be. I’m in a better place now,” she told People in 2019.

She also talked about being in the very first season of the show, and having no idea of “how big it was going to be.”

“Then the show blew up and became a big thing and before I knew it, I was on magazine covers and being recognized everywhere I went. It was a good thing, but obviously my career never became what Kelly [Clarkson]’s was. Which is okay, but I was hoping that the exposure would be more for me.”

“People automatically assumed that I was some millionaire because I was in the show, and nothing could be further from the truth. A couple of years later, I was still struggling financially, but people expect that you’re living this glamorous life and I’m like, ‘I’m just trying to pay my electric bill!’” she revealed.

“The worst was when Tamyra [Grey] was voted off before me. There wasn’t social media, but there were message boards that basically said I should quit the competition because I was a fraud. The worst ones were saying that I should kill myself. Then it came out that I had been a stripper before Idol. I did it for like five weeks and it became a scandal after I became famous,” she went on to say.

“I did deal with addiction and that was hard, and I, unfortunately, made that a public thing with Dr. Drew. So then I had to explain to people that I was ok, that I was recovering, that I was fine. But now people always assume that I’m on something even when I’m not. I get it, though. I lied so much and was in such denial that how can you possibly believe me? I get it.”

She also said she became addicted to painkillers after back surgery.

“I’m not anymore, but I was. Chronic pain can do a number on you,” she said.

“I’ve got a good life now. My husband is an amazing man. [Son] Tristen is all grown up but he’s the best son a mom could want. Just because life is hard doesn’t mean that there aren’t blessings along the way. So I continue to perform and write music. I continue to sing, and I will always do that. Am I going to become a household name? No, but I can make money doing it and it brings me happiness. And that’s what’s important. I’m doing well. I’m a survivor and I’ve come this far. That’s a good thing.”

American Idol issued a statement following her death.

Our thoughts are with Nikki McKibbin‘s loved ones at this difficult time.

We have sadly lost all of these stars in 2020.

'American Idol' Releases Statement on Nikki McKibbin's Sudden Death at 42

Nikki McKibbin, a fan favorite finalist on American Idol‘s very first season, passed away suddenly at the age of 42 from a brain aneurysm.

Now, the show is releasing a statement on her sudden death and mourning her loss.

Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing. She was part of our American Idol family and will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time,” the show tweeted.

You can see what some of Nikki‘s fellow American Idol contestants wrote about her passing right here.

Our continued thoughts are with Nikki‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

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Nikki McKibbin Dead - 'American Idol' Alum Dies at 42

Nikki McKibbin has sadly passed away at the age of 42, according to her co-stars.

The Texas-born American Idol Season 1 finalist finished in third place on the show’s inaugural season in 2002.

Sources connected to Nikki‘s family tell TMZ she died of a brain aneurysm. She was in the hospital on life support, and at 3 A.M., she was taken to the operating room, where her organs were harvested and she was pronounced dead, according to the report.

Runner-up Justin Guarini confirmed the news on his Instagram on Saturday (October 31).

“@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit. ⁣Even in our 20’s when we were on American Idol together I could tell that she’d had a challenging life, and that not that many people had been kind to her along the way…but I’ll never forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, sent her flowers with a card that said ‘You are the Gypsy that I was…’. Nikki was on cloud nine and the joy and excitement that radiated from her was infectious. After the kind of emotional beating she took at the hands of the masses, she deserved to feel good about herself, even for a little while,” he wrote.⁣

“Rest well, ‘Gypsy’…and thank you for the laughter, merciless teasing, strength, vulnerability, love and friendship you showed me during our time together in the spotlight.”

Season 10 alum Pia Toscano commented on the post, writing: “Oh no :( I loved Nikki.”

Finalist Jim Verraros also commented on Instagram.

“I can’t believe you’re gone. You were such a light for so many of us. You were unapologetically yourself and I loved that the most about you. You will be missed but I will always hold you close to my heart. Rest In Peace, beautiful soul,” he wrote.

Nikki‘s battle with cocaine and alcohol addiction was chronicled in 2008′s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, and later in a spin-off, Sober House.

In 2014, Nikki had a full-circle moment with the series when her 15-year-old-son Tristan auditioned for American Idol. He was cut during the Hollywood rounds.

Our thoughts are with Nikki‘s loved ones at this difficult time.

We have sadly lost all of these stars in 2020.

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Katy Perry Returns to 'American Idol' Set After Becoming a Mom!

Katy Perry is getting back to work!

The 35-year-old entertainer and new mom returned to the American Idol stage alongside fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan and host Ryan Seacrest.

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In a new interview, Katy opened up about returning to work on Idol after welcoming daughter Daisy Dove with fiance Orlando Bloom back in August.

“It’s amazing. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and for this job, and to be able to continue to inspire other people to go after their dreams,” Katy shared with Entertainment Tonight. “I mean, my life just feels very full and whole. And you know, it’s hard a little bit these first couple of days away and not being able to be there.”

“But Daddy’s doing a great job. Daddy has stepped in,” Perry said of her fiancé, Orlando Bloom. “I’ve seen the Bjorn on him, I’ve seen him with the bottle, I’ve seen all the pictures. It’s all good.”

Find out how American Idol will be handling auditions for the new season with new COVID-19 protocols.

Orlando recently revealed who their daughter looks like more!

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Here's How 'American Idol' Auditions Will Be Different Due to COVID-19

Production has begun on the upcoming fourth season of ABC’s version of American Idol and a new report has revealed how the audition episodes will be different due to COVID-19.

American Idol was one of the first shows to change things up due to the pandemic earlier this year, moving to remote shows filmed at each of the contestants’ homes for the live rounds.

Now, all of the audition episodes will be filmed at locations across California and contestants are traveling from all over the country to be there. Deadline reports that FremantleMedia has “put in place rigorous health and safety protocols to ensure that the set is as safe as possible.”

Cast and crew are being tested in accordance to all of the guidelines and everyone must wear masks on set when they aren’t on camera.

The judges – Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan – are no longer sitting at the same table. They each will have their own tables to keep with social distancing.

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