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Katharine McPhee headlining Macy’s Great Tree lighting at Lenox Nov. 25

katharine-mcpheeSeason five contestant Katharine McPhee, who I don’t recall has performed publicly in Atlanta since the “Idols Live” tour in 2006, is headlining the tree lighting at the Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall. She’ll be singing Christmas favorites from 7 to 8 p.m. before the tree is officially lit for free in the parking lot Thanksgiving evening, November 25.

Other participants include country singer Chuck Wicks and R&B singer Bobby V.

I just heard about this from another AJC reporter Melissa Rugierri, who has already set up an interview with her later today. Rugierri said McPhee’s publicist just sent the AJC a note earlier this week, a bit last second in my estimation. I guess I’m not on the Macy’s press release list (or on McPhee’s publicist’s radar.)

She is one of the few contestants I have never interviewed that I’d love to talk to. I tried a year ago when her last album was released but we could never get an amenable time. I’ll certainly run here whatever Melissa gets out of her.

A few years back, George Huff did the tree lighting and I attended that ceremony. I still remember the season three contestant hugging me as if I were his long-lost cousin. What a nice guy!

- Crystal Bowersox is getting her first acting gig on ABC’s “Body of Proof,” a mid-season drama. I hope she has some skills in that department.

- More from Nigel Lythgoe, this time with the New York Post: he says we only start voting when the judges (and producers such as Nigel) cull it down to the top 12. We, the public, will have no say over the process until then.  I’m not sure I feel good about that but my bet is there will be no singer-songwriter types in that top 12, that’s for sure.

- Hitsdailydouble estimates that Lee DeWyze’s first post-”Idol” album will sell 40,000 to 45,000 copies, by far the fewest of any “Idol” winner and perhaps half of the previous lowest seller, Kris Allen. No surprise there.

- “Mama’s Song” daily update: Carrie Underwood has indeed jumped into the top 10 with total spins (and is already no. 9 when weighted for audience size.) What helped: she jumped ahead of Tim McGraw’s “Felt Good On My Lips,” which had been ahead of her yesterday but is now 20 spins behind. Also, Darius Rucker’s former No. 1 song  “Come Back  Song” falls into recurrent mode and off the currents chart. Overall, “Mama’s Song”  has taken a jump of 219 spins week over week to 5,783 spins for Nov. 12-18 vs. 5,564 from Nov. 5-11. She is 250 spins behind George Strait at No. 9.

- All the Welcome Home individual videos are now up on Americanidol.com for each winner.  I may post them as embed codes next week given how slow the week is probably going to be.

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Deirdre

November 19th, 2010
12:51 pm

Wow! The guys get a gorgeous picture of Katharine and the gals get……………..Nigel. :-(

Harriett

November 19th, 2010
1:10 pm

Harrumph! Nigel?

Rosita

November 19th, 2010
1:11 pm

Could be worse; could be Steven Tyler!!!

JTesla

November 19th, 2010
1:22 pm

Thank you Rodney. Thank you.

kelly&carriefan

November 19th, 2010
1:51 pm

Lots of tidbits. Nice to see Katharine back to brunette. Imo, it suits her more than the blonde. It’s a shame she never really took off. She has a nice voice, but I suppose felt a bit “meh” to some. I do think she might have more success with the acting. Has she done anything after The House Bunny?

Not sure I like Nigel’s plan, but at this point, I’m willing to give it a try. I’d much rather have past Idols involved in the process. Sadly, they took the idea of mentors away. Which, I think, is where Carrie, Kelly, Chris D would have been awesome. I mean, the “Coming Home” videos and interviews are sweet…but show us some real singing! It’ll never happen, but I’d love to see an “All Star Season.”

Completely not surprised that Lee’s a worse seller than Kris. Lee is, imo, nowhere near as personable as Kris. Not that I’m a Kris fangirl, but the guy is funny and cute in the way that girls post-Archie find sweet.

Deirdre

November 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

Rickster is going to be really upset that he missed that picture…..seriously!

Mercedes S.

November 19th, 2010
2:10 pm

Back from the store with People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue. Ryan Reynolds??? Nice-looking and all that, but hardly SMA- caliber. Many other disappointments. Many guys I’d never heard of. Postage size pics of better candidates (Clive Owen,James Franco. Chris Pine, Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, NONE of Simon Baker and Alesander Skarsgård. At least a decent mention of Joe Manganiello, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder

Mercedes S.

November 19th, 2010
2:11 pm

And yes to Kat as brunette.

wreckedpizza

November 19th, 2010
2:21 pm

Kat photo = wow! Thanks a bunch. Wish her career was as hot as she is, y’know?

From previous thread: sorry, didn’t realize “clicking” was a hot-button issue. My bad (do people still say that?) ;-)

As for HPotter: haven’t watched any either, Woodpappy. When I want to see wizardry I click over to Disney and watch Selena Gomez in “Wizards of Waverly Place”. What? It’s a funny show!

wreckedpizza

November 19th, 2010
2:24 pm

A good-natured question for Rodney: when did “Mama’s Song” become “Mama’s Boy” ? LOL :-)

Sam-A

November 19th, 2010
2:30 pm

Not a fan, but it’s a very pretty pic of Katherine.

Went to Barrett Commons at lunch to get adv tix for Sunday HP – stood in lline for almost 20 mins! Parking lot full; couple of the already running movies soldout.

You guys who’ve never read the books or seen the movies are really missing out. JK Rowling grew so much as a writer from book to book, the stories became more and more complicated and dark – just wonderful reading. And the kids have developed into really fine actors.

kelly&carriefan

November 19th, 2010
2:34 pm

wreckedpizza, LOL! I totally didn’t catch the Mama’s Boy! Aw, Rodney. Thanks for that laugh! :D (And yes, I think people still say “my bad”)

Woodpappy

November 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

McPhee, just Wow….Be still my heart! But not too long.

Rodney Ho

November 19th, 2010
3:25 pm

LOL! Was that a Freudian slip on my part? :) Anyway, I fixed it.

Harriett

November 19th, 2010
3:39 pm

Mercedes, I am with you on the SMA thing. I do think James Franco is something special, though he has not had a very high profile, professionally speaking. Loved him in Freaks and Geeks.

Rodney Ho

November 19th, 2010
3:46 pm

Just got a note from Kat’s publicist. She was concerned because I do an Idol blog and Kat doesn’t like to talk about Idol. (You know, like a lot of them, they’ve moved beyond that.) I had to explain to her that this blog does write about Idol alums but it doesn’t mean I sit around asking alums endlessly about Idol. Silliness, I said. I guess if you want to irritate Kat, it wouldn’t be difficult to do so by actually ONLY asking Idol questions.

Harriett

November 19th, 2010
3:47 pm

“Kat doesn’t like to talk about Idol.” Excuse me, but would any of us have ever known who she is without Idol? She needs to get over herself.

wreckedpizza

November 19th, 2010
3:53 pm

That is silly, Rodney. I can see moving on to a point, but do pay homage to the show that introduced you to the world. Harriett said it very well—-no “Idol”, we don’t know Kat!

kelly&carriefan

November 19th, 2010
4:02 pm

Wow, talk about a bad move. Even Carrie, the biggest (domestic) Idol has no problems answering Idol-related questions. I can understand wanting to move past Idol, but until she sells 10 – 20 million albums like Carrie or Kelly, I suggest she keeps that to herself. :S

Rodney Ho

November 19th, 2010
4:04 pm

The publicist took my explanation and was okay with it. We’ll see. I wonder if she’s gotten interviewed and all she gets is questions about Idol, which I can understand is annoying. And obviously, if my blog is about Idol, the presumption of a publicist might be that I ONLY talk to people about the show, which as we know is not the case.

Harriett

November 19th, 2010
4:10 pm

Common sense might tell the publicist that Idol might be a limited subject, given Kat’s brief exposure there, but common sense does not always rule. But, to say she doesn’t like to talk about Idol is really not cool.

JTesla

November 19th, 2010
4:20 pm

Sorry, but it isn’t that hard to look up any of Rodney’s many interviews and determine that he tends not to focus on the Idol glory days. Granted he will ask for reactions to some current Idol changes (Simon, Paula, Nigel), but otherwise it is “how can I promote what you are doing now?” type of stuff.

Which happens to be what the people want, we don’t need someone to rehash something that happened 5 years ago… hello wardrobe malfunction.

Negativo

November 19th, 2010
4:35 pm

Holy crap is that a hot pic. Stopped me in my tracks. Whoah.

Deirdre

November 19th, 2010
4:38 pm

Uh…it’s probably best not to attribute something a publicist says to what Kat or any other former Idol might actually believe. Kat has done a lot of stuff since Idol and I’m sure the publicist wants her to focus on that. It doesn’t mean she’s not grateful to Idol.

Deirdre

November 19th, 2010
4:40 pm

Re Ryan Reynolds…I’m good with him being SMA. I think he’s hot!

Deirdre

November 19th, 2010
4:40 pm

Harriett

November 19th, 2010
4:44 pm

Hey, Neg. Bye all. Happy weekend.

Sam-A

November 19th, 2010
4:53 pm

Gone for the holiday week. Y’all have a great Thanksgiving, and hope all those ailing 4 and or 2 legged loved ones have some peace and better health.

kelly&carriefan

November 19th, 2010
4:58 pm

Going on record as “Kat doesn’t like to talk about Idol” only puts her in a bad light with most people who follow the show. I’ll give the example of Kelly, who while under previous management was given the advice to not “dwell on Idol” and part of the reason while she was absent from the show for a while. She caught a lot of flack for that. I’m extending Kat the same courtesy.

But anyway, this is the publicist talking. What’s not to say there’s a big misunderstanding? ;)

kelly&carriefan

November 19th, 2010
4:59 pm

Sam-A, have a great and safe Thanksgiving!

JTesla

November 19th, 2010
5:03 pm

But… this isn’t the first time that there have been issues regarding Rodney getting an interview with McPhee is it? I see a pattern.

JTesla

November 19th, 2010
5:03 pm

Have a great Thanksgiving Sam!

Mercedes S.

November 19th, 2010
5:54 pm

Hmmm… publicists.. not everybody likes them..

Mo Schreibman

November 19th, 2010
7:38 pm

Hopefully for herself she can sing better than those nanny movies she made which were a couple of stinkers if you do not mind my saying so. That gal Julie Andrews did it first and did it better as well. Actually she did it twice even but the second one was in Austria of all places. Fortunately that Van Dyke fellow and I mean Dick and not the one from the thrift store ads did not have to do an Austrian accent in it even though no one in it did an Austrian accent because they all sounded English except for the kid from the outer space show. This good because Dick can not do an English accent either which is probably why they did not ask him back for the sequel.

Deirdre

November 19th, 2010
9:06 pm

I am totally lost.

Deirdre

November 19th, 2010
9:09 pm

OMG!!!!!!! Fox has moved Idol to Wed. and Thurs. nights!

Jackie Fleeman Gramatas

November 19th, 2010
9:20 pm

I sang under the ‘Big’ tree years ago when it was on top of the bridge. Some how, when it became such a commericalized deal, it lost it’s flavor.
Local talent and offerings from the community would be a HUGE refreshing ‘Taste of Atlanta’!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

November 19th, 2010
10:02 pm

well…i guess i’m in a bit of a minority here, but i think, since they invited bristol to be on the show, she’s proved NOT to be a total dud (like big star Hoff who flopped out on 1 night) but has shown guts and perserverence and has actually learned a lot in the weeks gone by. Is she anywhere near a great dancer? no. is she even a particularly GOOD dancer? maybe someday. but she’s improved every week, she’s basically had a good attitude, and she’s struck a chord with the common folk out here in the world…. i’d say she’d be a better fit on “The Commoner Dances with the Pros” than DWTS, but hey…. she’s worked hard imho and i respect her for it.

but i have to say i will be surprised if Joel’s little girl doesn’t win… Jennifer Grey is incredible, imho.

Kat’s publicist may have done more to damage her public image than Kat ever could — idol was the door that opened for her, agreed with that observation, without AI, Kat McPhee is Kat McWHO?

Rosita

November 19th, 2010
10:24 pm

well-said in your own inimitable way, linny! :)

Observer

November 20th, 2010
12:09 am

Rodney, check your opening sentence. The way you worded it would lead one to question your eyesight.(Your sentence structure was flawed). I don’ think anyone could see Katherine McPhee without remembering her. Wow, what a look. Pretty good singer to boot.

BTW, Saw a clip of Bristol dancing and really and truly, she’s actually pretty good. All the catterwallers made as if she couldn’t dance.

Dana

November 20th, 2010
12:23 am

In regards to Katharine McPhee not wanting to talk about Idol, there may be crossed wires there or a publicist talking out of turn, as Kat has fielded and answered many questions about Idol over the years. Perhaps she or her publicist tells reporters she doesn’t want to talk about Idol, but she ends up doing so quite a bit, so coming down on her for what a publicist says might be a bit unfair. Chris Sligh on the other hand has completely closed the door on talking about Idol according to a blog he wrote either this year or last.

ConfederateKatFan

November 20th, 2010
1:07 am

Be careful with Katharine. She gets irritated real easily, especially by fans. I’ve met her before and she knows who I am. She almost got me in trouble in the past.

If you want to irritate her though I can give some good advice how to lol.

Deirdre

November 20th, 2010
7:51 am

Dana, Chris Sligh spent a lot of time talking to Rodney about Idol(even revealing some of Idol’s best kept secrets from his time on the show) He was a friend of this blog for a long time.

One thing that we’re not considering when comparing Carrie’s eagerness to thank Idol and Kat’s publicist’s claim that she doesn’t like to talk about Idol is the fact that Carrie won. And she’s a huge success. Kat, on the other hand, has been struggling with the almost normal “break into showbiz” fight…one in which Idol sometimes carries a stigma. How many times has she been shoved out a door BECAUSE of Idol. A choice she made, definitely but, as we’ve seen and heard from S. Tyler’s ‘friends’ and colleagues, Idol carries it’s own baggage in the music world.

John Holmes

November 20th, 2010
8:01 am

After seeing the pic of McPhee, my “tree” lit up all by itself.

Rosita

November 20th, 2010
8:45 am

Observer: That’s “caterwaulers.”

Deirdre

November 20th, 2010
9:33 am

“cater” or “catter”…there sure is a lot of “wauling” going on! DWTS is a lot like Idol…it really doesn’t matter who wins.

Kelly/Justin, Ruben/Clay, Fantasia/Diana, Carrie/Bo, Taylor/Kat, Jordin/Blake, David/David, Kris/Adam or Lee/Crystal. With only a couple of notable exceptions, fame doesn’t come to an Idol winner unless the part of the public that doesn’t watch the show catches on to their talent.

But with DWTS…what’s the big deal…most of these people already have at least some fame…a big disco ball trophy isn’t going to change that.

Rosita

November 20th, 2010
10:17 am

Deirdre,
Good point about DWTS. My point was that anyone who uses a word s/he can’t spell doesn’t need to be critiquing anyone else’s sentence structure, lol.

Dana

November 20th, 2010
10:42 am

Rodney, ConfederateKatFan is a stalker of Kat and her fans and is full of BS (just look at his chosen username). Don’t listen to him about anything. Kat is very gracious to her fans and does a lot of charity work.
As for DWTS vs Idol – Idol contestants are mostly newcomers who haven’t got any or much fame yet. Some of those who get recording contracts go on to be big stars while others manage to stay in the industry and make good music. With DWTS, the contestants are supposedly already stars, though many are C list, and do the show to help raise their profile. The only supposed award is a mirror ball trophy, but the publicity of doing the show helps the careers of some. The producers were really pushing the limit of “Star” when they got Bristol.

Dana

November 20th, 2010
10:44 am

Deirdre, I know Chris Sligh did a lot of Idol stuff in the past and no doubt was a good friend of this blog. He did a lot of things with the Idol Chatter blog as well, including offering comments on performance nights. But has he done any of this lately?

JTesla

November 20th, 2010
11:21 am

Dana, I think that lately Chris has been focusing on writing music, family, and doing something other than be someone who comments on blogs. There just isn’t a lot of money in blog commenting. Well, I make good money doing it, but it took a lot of hard work for me to get to this point.

I understand that Chris and Kat want to focus on their new things, I can respect that.

As far as DWTS, good publicity. I bet their numbers are through the roof for the remaining episodes.

Justin

November 20th, 2010
11:26 am

Katharine has a point here, actually. It’s gotta be annoying after so much time and success, to be asked about Idol. I guess a question or two is alright here and there, but not talking about judges the entire time and stuff. I don’t think Carrie Underwood is asked about it all the time. She’s not being ungrateful. Carrie’s celebrated greater success at this point, but there’s plenty else to talk about with Kat (not that I’m saying Rodney would only talk about Idol…), she does have a career you know.

Sarah Palin

November 20th, 2010
11:27 am

Speaking of DWTS….did anyone see my daughter, Bristol, kick the crappola outta Brandy’s dancing and send her packing? Bristol will win the mirror ball trophy….you BETCHA! By the way, I will be winning the White House in 2012. Barackus better go ahead and start packing his stuff along with his mother-in-law who is living rent-free @ taxpayer expense in the White House.

Deirdre

November 20th, 2010
11:28 am

Chris took a lot of criticism when he talked about Idol on his blog. He answered the criticism by stating that he would no longer talk about Idol. I don’t think he is obligated any more than any other contestant to constantly praise the show. Idol was a start for them all but Idol has not resulted in all that much fame for most of them.

The point is, Idol gave a lot of people their start but it is hard work, good voices and good song selection that keeps them going. It is the non-Idol viewing public’s acceptance of them that gives them fame. Their Idol fans are a somewhat small and limited group. ‘Small’ at least, in relation to the number of listeners it takes to make a hit.

Sort of like when Congress says that $50 million is a drop in the bucket. ;-)

Deirdre

November 20th, 2010
11:30 am

Rosita…I wasn’t criticizing, just commenting. Anyone who comments on Rodney’s grammatical errors while making errors of their own should expect to get some stones thrown back in their direction.

Rodney Ho

November 20th, 2010
11:34 am

Well, time for a new blog entry, even on a weekend, given the news of Idol moving to Wed and Thursday. Kat will be in town Wednesday and I’m going to meet her then. As the readers here know, I don’t spend all my time talking “Idol” to past contestants. That would seem silly. I do usually throw in a question or two but that’ sit. Here’s the publicist’s note I got yesterday (not the Kat publicist but a Macy’s publicist.)

Katharine McPhee, Season Five alum of American Idol, will visit children at Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta while she is in Atlanta for the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting. As a sponsor of the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting through Aflac Incorporated, the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s treats more than 350 new cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders.

Dana

November 20th, 2010
11:42 am

Rodney, I’m glad to hear you are going to finally get to meet Kat. I know you’ve been trying a few times and it kind of breaks my heart a little that you’ve been thwarted for so long, so let’s hope things go off as planned. See if you can get a definite answer about the ABC Family tv movie (reportedly called “Pants On Fire”) she’s supposed to be filming in the near future, as nothing official has been announced yet, though we’ve seen mention of it a couple of times.

sas

November 20th, 2010
11:44 am

Katharine Mcphee has done alot since her Idol days and has answered questions regarding Idol when asked but I’m assuming she would also like questions about her current projects too. Kat has released two cds since leaving Idol, ‘Unbroken’ and her Christmas album, ‘Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You’. Currently one her holiday songs, I’ll Be Home or Christmas, is charting and two other songs from her Xmas CD has receiving a number of spins..on the verge of appearing on the AC chart. She done concert appearances and asked to appear at charity events. Also Kat is involved with her project, Kat Outreach, helping people in need of help..building a pre-school in Africa, raising money for the children at St. Jude Research Hospital, Wounded Warriors, Feeding America, etc. As far as doing films, Kat did several films & TV appearances, her latest film is ‘Shark Night 3D’, to be release next year. Currently has a music video (Vevo) out, ‘Say Goodbye’ from her cd Unbroken..co star Jesse Spencer..a beautiful sad song. Kat has been busy since leaving Idol and continues to be busy especially now during the holiday season promoting her Christmas CD.

JTesla

November 20th, 2010
11:50 am

“Katharine McPhee, Season Five alum of American Idol”

Just don’t bring up American Idol ;)

Great reason for her to come to town.

sas

November 20th, 2010
11:51 am

So happy to hear Kat is taking time to visit Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Proud of Kat for taking time out of your busy schedule..this type of disease holds a special interest to me.

Deirdre

November 20th, 2010
12:05 pm

Shark Night 3D is probably a huge mistake unless it’s a spoof.

Liz

November 20th, 2010
10:41 pm

Kat is a nasty person. She went to school with my cousin, and constantly laughed at girls who weren’t as pretty or popular. She’s full of herself. Trust me on this.

ConfederateKatFan

November 21st, 2010
1:01 am

Wow Liz. You might be right. After being treated by Katharine, lately I’m thinking she might be a nasty little girl. It wouldn’t shock me if she’s a bimbo.

sas

November 21st, 2010
11:46 am

Katharine Mcphee remembers her fans by acknowledge them in brief conversation & poses for pics when she meets them at concerts & events. Most artist will not acknowledge them. She is loyal to her friends and stays in touch. I admire Kat for what she wrote recently on her official site… one of her devoted fan recently died of cancer and Kat wrote a very nice tribute to Goodie. Her work in helping ppl in need is to be commended…I know of no other idol that contribute alot of his/her time helping other. Kat spent the entire summer traveling around the country promoting the Feeding America project. for Congra. To say that she is nasty person is hard to believe when she is doing alot for ppl, especially children bring awareness of hunger and disease.

sas

November 21st, 2010
11:49 am

Rodney I look forward to your interview blog. Happy you are finally meeting her.

katie

November 21st, 2010
7:28 pm

love you country