Season 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.