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American Idol: Los Angeles auditions

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 1st 2007 12:44AM
LA Auditions(S06E06) "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" plays and we are reminded that tonight's auditions are in Los Angeles, home of Katharine McPhee. Ryan says, "Sometimes what you're looking for can be found in your own backyard." We see a crowd line up outside of the Rose Bowl, but we aren't given an official tally. Olivia Newton-John shows up as a guest judge, but she doesn't offer much besides "sweetness."

I don't know what to say about tonight's episode. It doesn't gel easily around a theme, unless "begging" is tonight's theme. And it doesn't leave a lasting impression in my mind. Still, the judges seemed pleased with the L.A. auditions and award an astounding 40 coveted golden tickets over two days. But I'm confused. If they found so much talent, why do we see so little of it? I'm not impressed by one performance tonight. Nothing blows me away. Is this really the best that L.A. has to offer?

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Katharine McPhee is gonna get Ugly

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 12th 2007 10:34AM
Katharine McPheeAs part of February sweeps, last year's American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee is going to guest-star on Ugly Betty. McPhee will be playing herself, a celebrity guest at Mode's Fashion Week runway show, in an episode entitled "I'm Coming Out". No word yet on whether or not this hour will be Justin-centric... Oh, c'mon, don't tell me I was the only one that read the title and immediately thought of him.

McPhee's appearance will air February 1 (8:00 PM EST). Hmm... Sounds like ABC wants a little bit of FOX's American Idol glow. Also, McPhee is probably doing this to promote her self-titled debut album, which drops later this month.

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Kat McPhee sings without a net

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 20th 2006 6:03PM
Katherine McPheeHow's this for a wacky trend - singers performing at live televised events without lip-syncing? American Idol competitor Katharine McPhee is pulling a reverse Ashlee Simpson at the Rose Parade this coming New Year's Day. She'll be singing from a float live - without a guiding vocal track or, heck, anything but what God gave her coming out over the airwaves.

McPhee will be riding the "Clean Water" float. Standing in a lush garden setting between a "giant leaping frog" and a working faucet dumping 400 gallons of water per minute, she'll spread McPheever through the streets of Pasadena. You know, I'm actually not all that bothered to find out when people are lip-syncing. The demands of television production sometimes require it. Would you blame Katharine for not wanting to sing live from atop of moving vehicle with a giant frog straddling her head? I should hope not.

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Katharine McPhee as Wonder Woman?

by Brett Love, posted Sep 23rd 2006 3:17PM
Katharine McPheeRumors and speculation about who will take on the role of Princess Diana in Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman movie have been flying around the Internet since word leaked out that he was working on it. Even after all the names that have been mentioned, this one caught me completely off guard. Apparently, one of the names being talked about for the role is American Idol's Katharine McPhee.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Katharine acknowledges that it would probably be a mistake for Wonder Woman to be her debut role, but she doesn't deny the possibility of it happening. Frankly, with Whedon at the helm, I think anything is possible. She also talks about her upcoming CD, the Idol tour, and the obsessive Idol fans.

As far as Wonder Woman goes though, can't we just give the gig to Charisma Carpenter and get on with it?

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Katharine McPhee fractures her foot

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 3rd 2006 7:28PM
katharine mcpheeWhat did Katharine McPhee do to tip the balance in the universe so bad things happen to her? Maybe it's because she continues to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow as if she wrote the song herself. Earlier this week, she broke her foot during a performance. Her wranglers say she tripped on something backstage at the Idols concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. She sang two songs wearing "slipper sandals" (huh?) and then went directly to the hospital for x-rays, which revealed a broken left foot. She had just rejoined the tour last Friday after suffering from bronchitis and laryngitis. This mishap, however, is not enough for her to leave the tour.

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Katharine McPhee absent from Idol concert tour

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 6th 2006 10:45AM
katharine mcpheeThis season's American Idol finalists hit the road yesterday for their summer concert tour, but runner-up Katharine McPhee was missing. She has been sidelined with severe bronchitis and laryngitis. Doctors say she's on "total voice rest", which means even talking is out of the question. The tour started in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday and Thursday. There's no word yet on when McPhee will return to the tour.

For a list of tour dates, check here.

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Katharine McPhee reveals battle with bulimia

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 22nd 2006 7:16PM
katharine mcpheeIn tomorrow's issue of People magazine, Katharine McPhee (who looks like a sex kitten in the photo spread) talks about a five-year battle with bulimia. She says that her audition for American Idol is what turned it all around for her. After she learned she was "going to Hollywood", she enrolled at the Eating Disorder Center of California in LA. For three months, she went there six days a week for group and individual therapy. McPhee says the pressures of growing up in Los Angeles and her years in dance classes made her self conscious about her body image. Interestingly, she was 30 pounds heavier when she auditioned for Idol than she was when we saw her last season. She says, her lessons about "intuitive eating" are what helped her lose the weight. Katharine even goes so far as to tell People, "American Idol saved my life."

By the way. Did anyone else know that Katharine, 22, has a boyfriend who's 41?

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Hicks signs record deal; get ready for Doobie Brothers covers

by Bob Sassone, posted May 31st 2006 8:59PM
Taylor HicksIt a bit of anti-climactic news, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has signed a record deal with Clive Davis (surprise!), who will now guide the new star's music career. The first two singles, "Do I Make You Proud?" and a cover of the Doobie Brothers classic tune, "Takin' It To The Streets."

I was afraid this could happen. Just because Hicks can do an impersonation of the Doobie Brothers' lead singer sounds a lot like the Doobie Brothers lead singer, they have to actually give him that as one of the songs to do on his first album? What is he, a parrot? Is this album going to be filled with all Doobie Brothers and Ray Charles covers, and maybe a special DVD of Hicks dancing?

I still wonder what's going to happen to Katharine McPhee. Maybe her first album with contain 10 tracks, and the first 6 will all be "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."

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No wonder they're thinking about getting rid of Larry King

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2006 9:20PM
Ryan SeacrestI can't believe this. I just turned on CNN and they're running - for the third time - the Ryan Seacrest-hosted episode of Larry King Live with Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, and Randy Jackson! And this is the third time in the past week!

I know it's a holiday and all, and American Idol is really popular, but come on. This is a little too much, even for the most hardcore Idol fan.

If there's anything good about the episode, it's that it confirms how annoying Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul (she makes a call into the show, and she's out of it over the phone too) are and how McPhee seems to be a Paula-in-training.

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American Idol: TAYLOR WINS! (finale)

by Lacy Hall, posted May 25th 2006 2:28AM

taylor hicksOh man, I've been patiently twiddling my thumbs for the last 3 hours until the finale aired on the West Coast, so I could finally post this. Taylor Hicks is our new American Idol, and I couldn't be happier. Well, I could be (sigh...Chris). But if I can't have Chris, then I'm happy with the Silver Fox. (I hate that nickname by the way. It makes me feel like I've got a crush on an old man. What's the opposite of being a pedophile? Is there a word for that? 'Cause I might have it.) They really took it down to the last minute too. I was biting my nails at 1 hour and 59 minutes, worried that my TiVo was about to pop up with the dreaded "Erase Now? or Save?" quandary. I felt like I was Mr. Eko on Lost, watching that damn clock. But right at the final seconds, Ryan said Taylor's name. Yes! The crazy windmill-dancing bastard pulled it off! I understand why Taylor's dad was crying, but why was David Hasselhoff?

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What's on tonight: Lost vs. American Idol!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 24th 2006 4:49PM
  • Top ChefAt 8, FOX has the American Idol winner named on the two hour finale. Two hours??
  • ABC has a repeat Lost at 8, then the season finale at 9.
  • CBS has a Dr. Phil special at 8, then repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • The WB has the truly underrated Ben Affleck film Daredevil at 8, while UPN has the movie Hair Show.
  • Also at 8: AMC has the original Poseidon Adventure.
  • At 9, Larry King interviews Sen. John McCain on CNN.
  • At 10, Bravo has the season finale of Top Chef.
  • Also at 10: HBO has Will Ferrell in Kicking and Screaming.

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I feel sorry for the American Idol songwriters

by Anna Johns, posted May 24th 2006 10:16AM
american idol logoUSA Today has an article this morning about how American Idol producers choose the winning singles for the end of the season. It turns out the two songs that Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks sang last night were what the producers considered the best of 150 potential singles for the winner of American Idol. Producers want a song that is fittingly climactic but also would do well on Top 40 radio.

This year, Katharine's song, My Destiny, was written by Harry Sommerdal, Hanne Sorvag and Tim Baxter. Taylor's song, Do I Make You Proud, was written by Tracy Ackerman and Absolute. You know those songwriters all tuned in to American Idol last night with their friends and family to see their songs debut, only to have them bashed by the judges in front of 30 million people. And, I'm sorry songwriters, but I agree with the judges. Those songs were corny.

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American Idol: The Final Showdown

by Lacy Hall, posted May 24th 2006 7:04AM

ai logoMy favorite thing about the Idol finale isn't the performances, but playing "Where's Waldo?" with the random B-list celebrities in attendance. My question is, why do some of them get their names closed captioned while others do not? And, who was the nitwit that mistakenly identified Tori Spelling as one of "Taylor's Family & Friends"?

I have to admit that I wasn't really excited about tonight...  

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This is it, chat live during the last American Idol competition show of the season

by Ryan j Budke, posted May 23rd 2006 8:00PM
AI; american idol; logo; moobyWho would have guessed at the beginning of the season that it would have come down to Katharine and Taylor? Many people tagged Taylor as a sure thing early on, but I doubt many would have expected young Ms. McPhee to make it this far. Come join me and the rest of the American Idol fanatics tonight as we chat live during the show. As with all of our chats, you must have AIM or a compatible chat client (Trillian, GAIM, etc), once you have that, meet back here to this very post at 8pm ET, and that's when I'll unveil the location for our super secret chat room. See you then!


Update:
Come one, come all;  here is the super secret location for our American Idol Chat! Look for me (TVSRyan) in the chat room. See you inside.

Disclaimer: All or parts of the discussion in this chatroom may be posted in a later column on this site.

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Katharine Vs. Taylor

by Anna Johns, posted May 23rd 2006 11:09AM
taylor hicks; katharine mcpheeWell, it all comes down to tonight. If you believe the promos that FOX has been playing, tonight's final battle on American Idol is the contest of "the century". Who should win? The weirdo with the tics or the beautiful brunette with significantly less personality? This columnist in The Boston Herald says it's Taylor all the way.

Let's get it on...

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