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'American Idol' -- Duped by a Phony???

2/5/2010 5:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It seems one high-pitched "American Idol" favorite is not who she appears to be -- at least when it comes to her accent -- because Nicci Nix has been on all sorts of reality shows before ... with a completely different voice.

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Nix -- who impressed the "A.I." judges with her helium sounding, Italian accented voice -- has appeared on at least 4 other reality shows before she got to "Idol," including "Fear Factor," "Next," "Making the Band" and "Date My Mom."

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When Nix appeared on "Fear Factor," not only did she go by another name (Nicci Palmeri), but she claimed to be from California and talked without the slightest hint of an Italian accent. The accent was also MIA when she appeared on "Making the Band" ... plus her voice sounded deeper back then too.

But now, Nix's "accent" has helped her through to the Hollywood round on "Idol" -- wonder what she'll sound like when she gets there.


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*flashes her boobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*


1723 days ago


That doesn't even sound like the same girl. If it is, she would do better to lose the fake, squeely accent she has on AI.

1723 days ago


She's gone for sure.

1723 days ago

Sup it up    


1723 days ago

Sarah the Fear Factor clip she said shes from Pleasant Hill. That's where I live...she must be telling the truth because NO ONE would want to admit

1723 days ago


Why lie like that? It makes no sense. Pretty sure she'll be removed from the show after this report.

1723 days ago


I told my bf something was a little fishy with her. =)

1723 days ago


What a twit! Hope she goes bye-bye.

1723 days ago


Classic. The hadders were had.

1723 days ago


They really won't care. The judges will either be impressed or pi**ed off. Either way, it doesn't matter. She was judged on her singing & not what she did to get there. Question that the can is open...which voice does she use? Was the element of surprise the initial intention?? hmmmm....sly as a fox??

1723 days ago


AND, exactly WHY did they remember her?? BECAUSE of her squeaky voice! I think it was BRILLIANT what she did, it made her stand out, which if you watch the show is exactly what you want to do! GO GIRLY! Hope this doesn't hurt her chances with the judges, I give her extra points for being creative :)

1723 days ago


kicked off the show.....not. shes obv a shill dood. simon prolly flied her in on his private jet y'all. good for ratings imo.

1723 days ago

Former classmate    

She went to College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, Calif., graduated in 2004 (maybe 2003) under the name Nicole Palmeri.

This isn't her first time trying out for American Idol, and she's a pretty obvious fame whore.

1723 days ago


This dingbat already has an album out:

Here's the biography from her myspace page:

Nicci Nix is a dynamic singer/songwriter and performer who, at 23 year's old, has lived on both the east and west coasts & has traveled all around Europe because of her family's influence's while growing up. Nicci has appeared in numerous television productions, including MTV's " Making The Band" with P.Diddy. Nicci then wowed the judges and was asked to compete in Season 2. While she did not win Diddy's competition, she did win the heart's of several MTV executive's and went on to do MTV's "Next", "Exposed", "Date My Mom" an also appeared on NBC's "Fear Factor." While growing up Nicci's family & friend's started to see Nicci's big enthusiasm for music when she was just the age of 4. Soon after she began dancing, singing & modeling lesson's. Influenced by her father's vast collection of LPs including everything from opera all the way to girly pop (and a growing quiz-kid knowledge of artist's and modern music history), Nicci then realized at the age of 8 that there was no question about it that she would be a recording artist/performer oneday. Nicci's parent's embraced her talent and ambition, enrolling her in a serious vocal training program with top vocal coaches at the age of 11 after the family had moved to California. She soon entered, and won, major vocal competition's, including two World Award's in The World Championship's of Performing Art's. At that time, Nicci began recording music with local producer's. Nicci's desire to make it in the business on her own term's led to the formation of her own label, Tapa Records, which she founded with her biggest supporter, her father in 2007. Soon after they formed Tapa, Nicci started recording her first Ep "NiX MiX" at Laughing Tiger Studio's with her producer Ari Rios, which later was released in 2009. Nicci's music is fun, spunky, and free-spirited with both electronic dance groove's and rock beat's, showcasing her bright, clear vocal's and warm undertone's. Melding her vocal and songwriting talent together with her penchant for designing many of her own clothe's & costume's, Nicci has become a well rounded artist in every sense of the word. Nicci's Debut album " Little Miss Starshine" is due out in 2010 and is currently filming for a nationwide popular tv show. Look out for Nicci Nix this 2010!

1723 days ago


Why she did it? Because she wanted to obviously stand out. I know plenty of people who auditioned who have amazing and I mean AMAZING voices that didn't get through because they weren't "interesting enough". It's a pretty difficult competition. I mean kudos to the those people who even had the bad auditions. They were lucky enough to get screen time!

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