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Nikko Smith in April 2006
|Birth name||Osborne Earl Smith Jr.|
|Born||April 28, 1982|
|Origin||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Labels||The N Music Group|
Smith auditioned for American Idol in 2005 with the song "All I Do" by Stevie Wonder. Smith made it to the third round of the semi-finals, but was voted off on March 9 along with Travis Tucker.
Days later, Smith got a phone call from the producers asking him to come back in place of Mario Vazquez, who left for "family reasons". After returning, Nikko was dubbed "The Comeback Kid" by judge Paula Abdul after a performance of "One Hand, One Heart". However, in the same week, Nikko was voted off the show, placing ninth overall.
American Idol performances
|Week #||Song||Original artist||Result|
|Top 24||"Part-Time Lover"||Stevie Wonder||Safe|
|Top 20||"Let's Get It On"||Marvin Gaye||Safe|
|Top 16||"Georgia on My Mind"||Ray Charles||Eliminated1|
|Top 12||"I Want You Back"||The Jackson 5||Safe|
|Top 10||"Can We Talk"||Tevin Campbell||Safe|
|Top 9||"One Hand, One Heart"||West Side Story||Eliminated|
^Note 1 : Nikko was originally eliminated in a semi-finals results show, He was called back after Mario Vazquez withdrew from the show and he replaced Mario on the final 12.