The rapper explained:
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On Thursday night, Rickey Smith, a season 2 American Idol alum, tragically lost his life at 36 years old after he was involved in a car crash on a highway outside of Oklahoma City.
Apparently, Smith was driving down the I-240 when Gerardo Cedra Jr., who was driving a 2003 GMC pickup traveling the wrong way, slammed into the singer's vehicle head-on. Once police arrived, they pronounced Rickey dead on the scene and TMZ reports that police booked Cedra for a DUI.
During his run on the singing competition show, Smith was most well-known for performing What the World Needs Now Is Love by Dionne Warwick and was compared to Brian McKnight for his vocal talent.
After learning about the news, both Studdard and Aiken took to Twitter to share:
You knew American Idol was going to go out with a bang! And it turns out, it's a gang bang!
Former contestants Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Ruben Studdard, Scotty McCreery, Josh Gracin, Lauren Alaina, Bucky Covington, Danny Gokey, and Clay Aiken, all took the stage to say goodbye!
Unfortunately, Kelly Clarkson couldn't be at the live event because she is about to give birth to her second child! However, she was able to do a taped segment (above) where she performed a medley of her classic hits!
Overall, the night celebrated Idol's legacy as one of the best competition shows in the history of television! It will truly be missed!
To watch ALL of the performances, ch-ch-check them out (below)
That's because in addition to the news that Kelly Clarkson, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson will be stopping by to say goodbye to iconic reality show, original co-host Brian Dunkleman and She Bangs singer William Hung will also be making farewell appearances!
We wonder if Ryan Seacrest is going to be jealous he has to share the spotlight again? LOLz!!!
Oh — and in case you still cared, the final three contestants vying for the crown are La'Porsha Renae, Dalton Rapattoni, and Trent Harmon.
Make sure to catch American Idol say goodbye to 15 seasons this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night on FOX!
It's hard to believe that American Idol has entered into its final season!
We mean, the singing competition gave us one television's best reality TV villains in Simon Cowell. My how time flies.
But couldn't you say that for most reality TV?? What's a show without a villain. LOLz!
Regardless, we are curious to learn which of Mr. Cowell's peers rival him as the GREATEST reality TV villain of all time? Be sure to cast your vote for your fave (below).
Regardless, it appears that one AI alum wasn't all too impressed with how the final season was being kicked off. In fact, Clay Aiken was so underwhelmed by the episode he took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter. LOLz!
The Donald has been making headlines for some unusual reasons lately, but there's at least one person who respects the presidential candidate!
Clay Aiken — the former American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice star and political candidate in his own right — told reporters on Saturday that Donald Trump is a special kind of person who shouldn't be taken lightly.
The singer-turned-almost-congressman spoke about the Donald's chances at actually being president, saying:
Say it ain't so!
American Idol will be coming to end after its 15th season.
On Monday, Fox announced that the singing competition was renewed one more time and will see the return of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. as the final roster of judges — as well as the return of Ryan Seacrest as host.
But that will be the end!
Sources state that this season will be: