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There are 5 artists in the music industry with this name: Nicolette “Nikki” Louisa Palikat, a finalist for Malaysian Idol 1, Nikki Kerkhof, the winner of Dutch Idols season 4, an Italian DJ who goes by the same name, as well as a dance/pop singer who recorded under the name in 1989 and a female R&B vocalist who has been recording with super-producer Brian Kennedy frequently over 2008 and 2009.
#1 - Nicolette Louisa Palikat (born November 1, 1985), better known by her stage name, “Nikki”, is a Malaysian singer from Tambunan, Sabah, and a finalist in the first season of Malaysian Idol. She is famous for her vocal belting and her ability to sing in the whistle register.
Born in Berrien Springs, Michigan, Nikki is of Dusun descent. She is fluent in her native tongue of Bahasa Dusun as well as English and Malay. Prior to entering tertiary study at Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan, Nikki attended St. Francis Convent Catholic schools in East Malaysia.
While a university student, she successfully auditioned for Malaysian Idol in Kuching, Sarawak, impressing the judges with her rendition of Mariah Carey’s Emotions. She eventually progressed through to the ‘Final 12’ of the competition. After six weeks, Nikki was voted out on September 12, 2004 to some controversy, as she had been seen as a favourite to win by Malaysian Idol judge, Paul Moss.
Originally planning to continue with her studies after her exit from the competition, Nikki secured a recording contract with Artistes United Records and released her debut album, Maharani, in Malaysia on November 28, 2005. The title means ‘Empress’ in Malay. This album showcases Nikki’s abilities in the whistle register, with one critic mentioning it as “whistling a la Mariah Carey.”[1] The ballad ‘Pinta’ marked Nikki’s official debut in the music industry.
The music video for Nikki’s second single, Caramu, has been criticised for bearing similar themes and choreography to various music videos of South Korean singer, BoA. This same song won Nikki and collaborating artist, Zahid, an award for best vocal duo at Anugerah Era 2006, a Malaysian music awards ceremony.[2]
Following Caramu, Nikki teamed up with fellow Malaysian singer, Yanie, and both featured in Ning Baizura’s August single release, Drama.
#2 - Nikki Kerkhof won season 4 of Idols in The Netherlands. The finale aired on March 1st, 2008. Nikki’s first single is titled ‘Hello World’. It came out on March 3th, 2008. She released her first CD called ‘Naked’ on November 24, 2008. It features the tracks ‘Bring Me Down’ and ‘What Did I Do’.
#3 - Nikki (real name Fabrizio Lavoro) is an Italian speaker and DJ.
#4 - Nikki recorded his self written and self produced self-titled debut album in 1989 on Geffen Records featuring the dance hit “If You Wanna”.
#5 - Nikki is an American-Canadian female R&B vocalist who has been recording with super-producer Brian Kennedy frequently over 2008 and 2009
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