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I’m going to make this short and sweet for now as I have to head out for a birthday dinner. Until I write my commentary, check out all the performances on the American Idol series finale. It was an epic trip down memory lane with all the original judges reuniting for one last time. Check out all the action below. I’ll upload missing vids later.

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The end is almost here. American Idol bids adieu in just a couple of weeks. Hopefully, the network plans to send the show off in style. After all, the singing competition did chance the face of television.

FOX begins the three-night extravaganza with a 90-minute retrospective titled American Idol: American Dream on Tuesday, April 5. It’ll feature Ryan Seacrest, judges including Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and more, along with alums walking down memory lane to share their personal memories and tell never-before revealed stories.

The two-night finale then starts on April 6 with the show crowning its final Idol on April 7 live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The big Thursday show will feature group and solo performances from a whackload of former contestants including Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Carrie Underwood and Fantasia.

I’m personally looking forward to seeing LaToya London, Kimberley Locke, Tamyra Gray and Jessica Sanchez the most. They even have Sanjaya on deck. Sadly, Jennifer Hudson isn’t included in the list. What’s up with that? Check out the lineup below.

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Katharine McPhee Debuts New Ballad ‘Love Strikes’

In: Donovan, Music
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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
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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

In: Donovan, TV Shows

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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