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American Idol Season 2 Finalist Dies At 36 After Being Involved In A DUI Accident — Details Here

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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.

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Back in 2003 Rickey made it all the way to the finals of Idol and ended up coming in eighth place. Ruben Studdard ended up winning the season by beating out Clay Aiken.

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:

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American Idol Brings Back All Your Favorite Contestants To Perform One Last Time! WATCH HERE!

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)

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American Idol Is Reuniting The COMPLETE Original Cast For The Series Finale — Including Brian Dunkleman & William Hung!

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This bangs!

American Idol kicks off its final week ever on Tuesday night, and yet we're still getting new information about the much anticipated finale.

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!

Video: Take A Look Back At The Worst American Idol Auditions Ever!

We wonder if Ryan Seacrest is going to be jealous he has to share the spotlight again? LOLz!!!

Other familiar faces scheduled to pop up include Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Ruben Studdard, and Clay Aiken, so get ready to feel all sorts of nostalgia.

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!

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Jennifer Hudson Joins The American Idol Finale Lineup! Move Over, Carrie & Kelly!

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Watch out Carrie Underwood and Kelly ClarksonJennifer Hudson is coming for ya!

On Wednesday, FOX confirmed that the American Idol alum will join Carrie and Kelly as they say goodbye to the once-beloved show.

Translation: this final act will be amazing!!!

Related: Donald Trump Somehow Gets Involved With American Idol!

While J.Hud has made guest appearances on the show since season 3, this will be her first major Idol comeback. We bet viewers are really excited to see their fan-favorite grace their televisions once again!

Even though the Grammy and Oscar winner is a big draw for the show, we can't count out the rest of the alums who will also return for the emotional send off — which, as of now, includes Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Kellie Pickler, and even more surprises.

Will U be tuning into the finale Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. EST on FOX??

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There Have Been MANY Reality TV Villains — But Could Simon Cowell Be One Of The Best? You Decide!

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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.

Still, as Clay Aiken recently claimed, the former mean AI host was one of the main reasons the program was such a hit. No joke!

Rank: Who Is The Best American Idol Winner ALL TIME?

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).

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Clay Aiken Puts American Idol's Final Season Premiere On Blast — Says Simon Cowell Is The Only Reason The Show Was A Hit!

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As we previously reported, Wednesday evening was the season premiere of the FINAL season of American Idol! All good things must come to an end, right?

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!

Related: Ryan Seacrest Thinks Carrie Underwood Is The Best AI Winner!

He posted:

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The Voice Phenomenon Jordan Smith Is In Good Company! Check Out The 12 Best Singing Competition Auditions EVER!

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We've been listening to this all day… and we're still not tired of it!

So you know how Jordan Smith won the Internet on Tuesday after blowing all four judges away with his cover of Chandelier during The Voice premiere on Monday night??

Well… we decided to celebrate the newly-added Team Adam Levine contestant by showcasing a look at some of our other favorite Reality TV show auditions from all across the globe!

We're talking Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent, Clay Aiken on American Idol, Cher Lloyd on X Factor, and a whole bunch more!

So what're you waiting for??

CLICK HERE to view "Our 12 Favorite Reality Singing Competition Auditions Of All Time!!!"

CLICK HERE to view "Our 12 Favorite Reality Singing Competition Auditions Of All Time!!!"

CLICK HERE to view "Our 12 Favorite Reality Singing Competition Auditions Of All Time!!!"

CLICK HERE to view "Our 12 Favorite Reality Singing Competition Auditions Of All Time!!!"

CLICK HERE to view "Our 12 Favorite Reality Singing Competition Auditions Of All Time!!!"

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