Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Another Hopeful Fallen Idol

Katherine McPhee...what the hell happened to you?

She was the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol (sadly losing to Taylor Hicks). Her first single, Over It, did well on the U.S. Billboard charts, and topped the charts in both India and Asia, eventually going gold from digital downloads of the song. McPhee had stated however that it was not "[her] favorite song" and she did not want her "song to be something that [she] was a part of." The video, while cute and singer-centric, is nothing but a few boring shots of her in cute clothes, lamenting or following around her ex-boyfriend.

What I remember most from Cathering McPhee however was that she could sing. The girl had a phenomenal voice and a natural grace and ease to her stage presence.

Her Idol audition:

And who can forget this:

Now, this was all back in 2006-07. She released a video for Love Story which showed off much more of her R&B sound, and while still singer-centric, was much more fun to watch with its Tina Turner/French Beatnik throwbacks.

And here we are in 2009. McPhee has released a new single, Had it All.

What. The. Hell.

She looks like some coked-up blond model. The red lipstick is ridiculous. Her voice sounds like a hot mess. Where is the powerful singer we once knew? Is this new McPhee supposed to be pop or country? What kind of boring cross-over shit is her label making her produce?

'Tis a sad day indeed. The death of a career from McPhee.


  1. I agree. The chick can't sing or act and she looks horrible with the bleach job. Can't decide who or what she is. Pity.... another AI album bites the dust. RIP.

  2. I have to admit that I have never really followed American Idol. However, I do remember hearing McPhee's music a year or two ago and really liking the sound. I never saw her videos or saw her on Idol.

    I do agree with your assessment of her new image/sound. The studio has gotten their claws into her and in trying to make her "mainstream" has done damage to a lot of the traits that made her cool.