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'American Idol' Singing Garbage Man Doug Kiker Detained on Domestic Violence Charges

Olowokandi Fiyin
May 17, 2021
10:10 P.M.

Season 18's "American Idol" contestant the Garbage Man, real name, Doug Kiker, was recently arrested Thursday on domestic violence-related charges in Alabama.


Doug Kiker, who performed his cover of Rascal Flatts' "Bless the Broken Road" during season 18's "American Idol," which had Ketty Perry in tears, is now behind bars as he was charged with domestic violence related issues.

Alabama police stated that Kiker was exposed on Thursday for misdemeanor domestic violence and is also sitting in jail on a $1000 bond. The incident involved Kiker and a woman, and she was the one who alerted the authorities.

Doug Kiker at ABC's "American Idol" - Season Three on October 01, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Doug Kiker at ABC's "American Idol" - Season Three on October 01, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

It appears that the woman involved is an older party, although the relationship between the two is unknown. The cops arrested Kiker after investigations showed that there was enough cause for him to be detained.

He was later hauled off to jail, where he posed for the camera, taking a mugshot. American idol season 18 fans would sure remember Kiker and his lovers will be disappointed.


The ABC contest became popular after his first performance in the reality competition show during his audition. The judges later took him to perform in front of a live audience for his first time ever.

Singing garbage man isn't the only one involved in crimes as another American idol contestant was arrested.


After that, he came back and auditioned with an assist from Bryan, who also helped him, Master, how to stay in key. Kiker was later sent home after he performed " Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

During Kiker's time in the ABC competition, he was the people's favorite and was described as a husband, father, and full-time trash collector. He was a garbage collector who won a ticket to Hollywood.

After he won the ticket last season on "American Idol," he made a memorable impression as a contestant when he sang "Bless The Broken Road," which got Ketty Perry reacting.


Singing garbage man isn't the only one involved in crimes as another "American Idol" contestant was arrested. Season 19's Cecil Ray Baker was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation.

Baker was arrested for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house because she refused to let him into her home to see a child he claimed was his. He was also accused of striking his ex with the heel of his palm but later got released on a $15,000 bond.

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