Alabama Garbage Man Doug Kiker Returns To ‘American Idol’ To Duet With Rascal Flatts

Doug Kiker, Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox; Photo Courtesy American Idol
Doug Kiker, Rascal Flatts

After winning over the hearts of millions with his American Idol audition, Alabama garbage man Doug Kiker returned to the hit show on Sunday (May 17) to sing a duet with one of his favorite bands, Rascal Flatts.

Kiker, who is now a father of two after welcoming his second daughter on May 5, originally auditioned for the show with “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. Although he had never had any vocal training and admitted to having no performance experience, Kiker’s charming personality and vocal promise led the judges to send him to Hollywood. His audition even left judge Katy Perry in tears.

Although Kiker’s American Idol run was eventually cut short, he didn’t let that stop him from continuing to pursue his dreams. When he returned home to Alabama, he got a vocal coach and has spent the past several weeks sharing new cover songs with fans via YouTube. Earlier this month, he enlisted fans to help fund his debut album.

On Sunday, Kiker joined forces with country supergroup Rascal Flatts to once again perform “Bless the Broken Road.”

Their performance earned a standing ovation from the American Idol judges.

Sunday’s American Idol finale featured an all-star performance lineup, including Luke Bryan, Gabby Barrett, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alain, Kellie Pickler and many more.

The show opened with the reveal of the Top 5 and America’s real-time votes will determine the overall winner of the season.