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Katharine McPhee Debuts New Ballad ‘Love Strikes’

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During her time on American Idol, my favorite moments were when Katharine McPhee slowed things down. Her voice, in my opinion, lends itself much better to ballads than uptempo tracks. The clarity and tone is unreal.

In anticipation of the September release of Hysteria, McPhee shares the third taste off her forthcoming LP. “Love Strikes” is a piano-driven number where Katherine’s well-trained voice shines. Give the track a listen below.

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With her fourth studio album just around the corner, Katharine McPhee just dropped another promotional single to hype up Hysteria. Following the infectious lead single “Lick My Lips,” the 31-year-old entertainer enlisted Ryan Tedder to help co-write the anthemic pop number. She premiered the track exclusively to Marie Claire.

“This song captures a time where I was finding strength from independence, love, and faith from the most peculiar places—hence life is stranger than fiction,” McPhee told Marie Claire

Stranger Than Fiction” is an airy pop offering that showcases McPhee’s vocal talents perfectly. Definitely give it a listen below.

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Since falling just short of winning American Idol Season 5, Katharine McPhee has mostly focussed on her acting career, snagging roles on Smash and Scorpion. With her CBS drama on Summer hiatus, the 31-year-old is returning to her music roots to take another stab at launching a recording career.

Despite the ultra heinous and tragic artwork (see above), “Lick My Lips,” isn’t half bad. It’s not as good as her underrated “Over It,” but a decent effort for a comeback. Isabella Summers aka Isa Machine from Florence + The Machine wrote the 90s-tinged pop ditty.

For the accompanying visual, McPhee perfectly channels the fun and perky vibe of the song. She goes retro donning a slinky red ensemble while canoodling with some cute blond greaser stud. Check out clip below.

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Katharine McPhee Teases New Single Via Instagram

In: Donovan, Music

With roles on Smash and CBS’ Scorpion, I assumed (wrongfully) that Katharine McPhee had given up on her recording career. Thankfully, I was wrong. The 31-year-old entertainer’s “Over It” is one of the most underrated singles from an American Idol alum. Maybe I’m biased since I loved how The Hills used it for an episode. Remember when Lauren Conrad was over it with one of her sucky friends?

McPhee took to Instagram to preview her new single “Lick My Lips.” Love the title. You can hear the track in the background while she’s getting glammed up to film the music video. Based on the grainy quality, I think it has potential. Can’t wait to hear the high quality full version. Give it a listen below.

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Is NBC Giving Smash Fans A Glimmer of Hope?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Once NBC banished Smash to the television graveyard, aka Saturday nights, to burn off the remainder of the episodes, the show was pretty much Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking. It was only a matter of time before the network officially canceled the show. In a rather somewhat surprising twist, the peacock network is airing the Season 2 finale on Sunday, May 26 instead of letting it die quietly on Saturday night.

What does this mean? Is NBC contemplating renewing the musical for a third go-round? Well, they did say it was a “season finale” and not a series one. Or are they simply just giving the show a proper send-off given it’s pedigree (Steven Spielberg) behind the scenes? Personally, I hope it gets one last season. I’d love to see Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) battle it out for a Tony award. At the very least, it could renew it so that NBC has an opportunity to air Smash on the other nights it hasn’t aired yet. In the two short seasons, the beleaguered show has aired on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and now Sunday.

Are you still watching Smash on Saturdays? What do you think of NBC’s decision to air the two-hour season finale on Sunday? If NBC does renew it, I wonder what it means for those actors who already booked pilots, most notably Debra Messing. Sound off below.

American Idol 12: Top 8 Elimination

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I really hope America gets it right this week. None of the girls should be going before the boys. Absolutely NONE of them. Jimmy Iovine also agrees with me. In his recap, he believes the bottom three should be all the guys. Fingers crossed that’s true. I would hate to lose Amber this soon. Side note: Kree got a shout out from Aretha Franklin praising her performance. That’s pretty dope.

Tonight’s show was all about filler (even more so than other weeks). There was this random segment where the Idols went to some school to teach them Phillip Phillips’ “Home” ?!?!?! Performances by Colton Dixon, Keith Urban and OneRepublic featuring Katharine McPhee were on deck. Speaking of the latter, why Seacrest introduced her as “recording artist Katharine McPhee” instead of Idol alum or Smash star was kinda odd. Don’t you think? After 45 minutes, we finally get to the eliminations.

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NBC Relocates Smash To Television Graveyard

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At least there’s a silver lining. Fans will have an opportunity to see how the second season of Smash plays out. NBC promised to air all 17 episodes they’ve ordered. Bad news, the musical show is pretty much canceled. Though NBC didn’t officially axe the show, displacing it to a new night pretty much puts the nail in the coffin.

The ratings are so bad, the peacock network isn’t even putting it on Friday nights, but rather Saturday. If Fridays are where shows go to die, Saturdays is where they go to get cremated. Not even the addition of Jennifer Hudson and Sean Hayes or the removal of Debra Messing’s scarves could save the show. Katharine McPhee and company better brush up their auditioning skills.

Hopefully, the writers provide a satisfying ending to the handful of people still watching Smash. The relocation won’t take place until April 6 which allows it to take advantage of a strong lead-in from The Voice which premieres on March 25. The Broadway-themed show isn’t the only change to the schedule. Check out other tweaks NBC made below.

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Since we’re in the Hollywood Week phase of American Idol Season 12, I thought it was a perfect time to catch up on some of our favorite alums. We’re one step closer to crowning this year’s winner. He/She or some of this season’s finalists might find themselves on this list in the coming years.

Forbes recently released their annual list ranking former American Idol contestants. Taking into account record sales, concert tours, acting jobs and other money-making gigs, the publication gives the low down on the earning power of your favorite Idol alums.

Last year’s top dog Carrie Underwood, loses her crown and drops to runner-up status. Making his debut on the list is Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. He clocks in at No. 4. His addition bumps off Fantasia Barrino and Clay Aiken from the list. The two ranked No. 4 and No. 9 respectively on the previous rankings. Check out who’s the HBIC on the Idol campus now. I think you might have a good idea. Here’s a hint… they’re “stronger” than ever. I’ve also embedded each singer’s most recent music video below for those who aren’t familiar with everyone’s post-Idol career. Hope you enjoy the list.

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