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Katharine McPhee at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

Kat talks to Audrey Arrowood of Tyrone, who is lighting the tree tomorrow at Macy's

Kat talks to Audrey Arrowood of Tyrone, who is lighting the tree tomorrow at Macy's

I stopped by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for the second time this month. Earlier, I was there as Ryan Seacrest opened his new media studio for the kids.

I returned today to meet Katharine McPhee, who toured the AFLAC Cancer Center and met with patients. I brought McPhee into the studio after her visit and we talked for a few minutes about her Christmas music and the 3D Shark movie she just wrapped up in Shreveport, Louisiana. Oh, and her hair going back to brunette. She got the message loud and clear guys: we like her with brown hair!

She’s in town to headline tomorrow’s Great Tree Lighting at Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall from 7 to 8 p.m. She’ll be singing four songs, including an original.

Also heard she is going to be in an ABC Family film that shoots in Atlanta in the spring so she’ll be back! This is the first time I (finally) got to interview her and she was extremely nice.

Here’s part one of the interview:

Here’s part two of the interview:

During her visit, she took a request from Dominique Chitwood, who has a nine-year-old daughter Sydnie Pike at the hospital. Of course, the request was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” McPhee’s signature song from season five. Here she is singing it to Sydnie.

And here are more photos from the visit:

Audrey-Arrowood-Kat -Mcphee

Kat talks with Hannah Layfield, who wants to be a singer. (She did a bit of "Our Song" by Taylor Swift for Kat.)
India Dukes, 17, poses with Kat

India Dukes, 17, poses with Kat

kat-closeup

And for what passes for controversy on a slow day, TMZ posted this moments after I finished talking with Kat:

McPhee caught a flight yesterday … and after the plane took off, she tweeted, “I love illegally turning on my phone when I’m still in the air … makes me feel powerful! A tweet from the sky. Hello Atlanta!”

A little while later, a rep said it was a joke, that she posted it after she landed.

Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song” had its biggest week over week growth in awhile for Nov. 17-23 vs. Nov. 10-16: 474 spins! That boosts her to 6,063 spins. She remains at No. 11 overall but with weighted airplay for bigger markets, she moves up to No. 8. To make the top 5, she’ll have to gain at least 1,300 more spins and leapfrog Reba, George Strait and Jason Aldean. Good luck, Carrie!

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCIdol blog

49 comments Add your comment

JTesla

November 24th, 2010
5:21 pm

Awesome, thank you Rodney!

“And for what passes for controversy…” “a rep said it was a joke” No it wasn’t… sheesh people need to lighten up and then they need to stop the “it was a joke” bit.

Deirdre

November 24th, 2010
5:27 pm

Good for Katharine. Beautiful girl, inside and out. Thanks for the interview, Rodney!

Deirdre

November 24th, 2010
5:31 pm

I know everyone thinks the “no cell phone” rule on airplanes is just one more dumb regulation but I have it on good authority that a cell phone DOES interfere with some systems on a plane. Hubby has experienced it. Katharine wouldn’t be the first or the last passenger to ‘rebel’. However, safety must come before convenience.

Dana

November 24th, 2010
5:38 pm

Rodney, glad to see you finally got an interview with Kat

bigfan

November 24th, 2010
5:43 pm

It was no joke. Look at the time stamps.

Btw I was the one who reported it to TMZ yesterday when she tweeted while in flight. I’m glad they used the story and people are mad now! That’s Karma for Kat. I hope it hurts her album sales.

You see two years ago she almost had me arrested on false alligations. She accused me of stalking her and harassment. That was not true. I didn’t not break any laws with her. She then went to the LAPD about me and hired a private I to go after me. so Im glad she’s getting this negative attention after all the grief she has caused me. Because of the slanderous stuff said about me, thanks to kat I probably wont be able to run for public office now.

terrible person.

JTesla

November 24th, 2010
5:48 pm

Agree Deirdre regarding both posts.

Hey bigfan, the one thing people like less than those that turn on cell phones in flight is stalkers. Stop stalking and get a life.

Oh and you can still run for public office, but your chances of winning are the same as they were before, because people don’t vote for creepy stalkers.

mar

November 24th, 2010
5:53 pm

Thank you so much, Rodney, a wonderful interview! And I loved the video of Kat singing to the little girl! It brought tears to my eyes! Hope you get to do an interview when she goes back to Atlanta!

bigfan

November 24th, 2010
5:59 pm

Reply to JTelsa I DIDN’T stalk Kat. I didn’t do it. I didn’t send letters to her condo, I didn’t call her number, I only met Kat one time which was at six flags in 2007 and she knew who I was.

There are female fans like Linda and Melissa who follow Kat around the country yet Kat doesn’t call them stalkers.

I might also write a book someday.

I think only reason why kat does the charity stuff is to make her self look compasionate.

JTesla

November 24th, 2010
6:03 pm

Right… and you are posting on this and prior blogs about Kat because she somehow, magically, knew who you were the one and only time you met her. Let me recommend something to you: tinfoil. Yeah, make a hat out of it, a big one.

Thou doth protest too much, methinks.

bigfan

November 24th, 2010
6:04 pm

She knew about me for a year before that. People told her stuff about me when I was saying stuff about her on idolforums.

In 2008 she did almost have me arrested though.

Dana

November 24th, 2010
6:11 pm

Rodney, I watched the interviews and you did a good job. I loved hearing how you and Kat couldn’t understand why people get all uptight about hair and hair color.

And the crazies are out.

bigfan

November 24th, 2010
6:14 pm

Also Rodney if you want you can feel free to interview me in regards what went on with kat and I.

JTesla

November 24th, 2010
6:21 pm

Hey bigfan, stop cyber stalking people and you won’t have any problems. “in 2007 and she knew who I was” because of “idolforums”??? She knew who you were because of some posts on a forum, LOL dude, really, no one… and I mean NO ONE believes you because that doesn’t even make any sense. That’s crazy talk, heck we might as well accuse her of using voice to skull weaponry or contracting the government to use chemtrails to get you.

I really feel for McPhee now, with her fame comes putting up with this. Sad, almost as sad as her good works are questioned. Simply pathetic. Katharine McPhee, keep doing your thing.

bigfan

November 24th, 2010
6:22 pm

I have emails I’ve exchanged with her husband Nick as well as the private I firm that Kat hired.

JTesla

November 24th, 2010
6:22 pm

Oh and Rodney, I like both the blond and brunette look on Kat. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to stalk her like some people, I just think that both styles work for her.

mele

November 24th, 2010
6:30 pm

Thank you for the great interview. I was impressed that Kat took time to visit the children hospital. It showed that she has compassion for children and adults afflicted with this horrible disease. God bless Katharine McPhee for the work she does for the less fortunate.

Mercedes S.

November 24th, 2010
6:30 pm

While you’re at it, bigfan, do clean up your spelling and grammar.

And Rodney, kinda creepy to read s stalker’s mind. Do we have to?

Dana

November 24th, 2010
6:31 pm

The weirdos that Rodney has to put up with in his blog

bigfan

November 24th, 2010
6:51 pm

Jtelsa I didn’t stalk her. I do find the long brunette hair Kat to be more of a turn on though. When I met her I wanted to ask if I could pet her hair but I figured cause it was me she would think it was creepy.

Rosita

November 24th, 2010
7:20 pm

Creepy? Why would she think that?

JTesla

November 24th, 2010
7:21 pm

That request would be creepy coming from anyone. The fact that you don’t recognize that says a lot.

bigfan

November 24th, 2010
7:23 pm

LOL I didn’t ask her. Another thing is kat always hugs her fans.

When I met her I asked nicely if I could give her a hug and she said “No sorry I cant” Also when I told her my name she got a blank look in her face.

Deirdre

November 24th, 2010
7:31 pm

bigfan…you may or may not have stalked her in the past but you ARE stalking her now. ANYONE so determined to discredit another person is stalking that person, whether in person or on the internet.

Kat is a good singer and a pretty decent actress. Her cell phone crap was childish but she’s one of about 1000 other people almost everyday who refuse to believe the warnings about cellphones on planes. That doesn’t make her evil or even a bad person.

People in the public eye have to be VERY careful about their over-zealous fans. It’s scary to have someone talk about you all the time as if they know you.

“pet her hair”??????? Anyone would think that was creepy coming from ANYBODY!

Deirdre

November 24th, 2010
7:33 pm

Another thing is kat always hugs her fans.

And she wouldn’t hug you?????? I’m amazed!

Dana

November 24th, 2010
9:45 pm

bigfan is obsessed with Kat as should be obvious at this point, though it’s not clear anymore whether he loves or hates her or both. It’s best not to debate with him as he loves the attention and he’s in his own little delusional world.

Rodney Ho

November 24th, 2010
10:27 pm

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hope Kat enjoys her time here! Not sure I’m gg to attend the tree lighting but plenty of folks will!

Dana

November 24th, 2010
10:35 pm

Rodney, just how big is the crowd at that tree lighting usually? I read earlier that something like 100,000 are expected to show. Is that even close to accurate?

Rodney Ho

November 25th, 2010
12:08 am

I’ve been there but it’s so hard to judge unless you had an overview from above and a professional count. I have no idea! It’s definitely a lot.

bigfan

November 25th, 2010
12:20 am

Dana, I don’t hate kat. I’m very disappointed in her though how I’m being treated. All I do is exercise my first amendment rights, and now she might be going after me legally now when I didn’t do nothing.

wreckedpizza

November 25th, 2010
7:55 am

Rodney- thanks for interview and pictures. Great job and Kat seemed nice, and genuine in her answers. Saw her this morning on Better Mornings Atlanta and she looked and sounded very good.
Hope she has a good time this evening.

Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone! Don’t eat too much (yeah, right!).

Deirdre

November 25th, 2010
8:33 am

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Scully

November 26th, 2010
2:49 am

If kat is after you legally, it means that she can prove in court that you are in fact stalking her. If kat has no case, then you wouldnt have to fear at all.

Highlander

November 26th, 2010
7:31 am

Been out of the loop for awhile. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

I think Kat looks great with either hair color but I do prefer the brunette look on her. Just think it looks more natural.

Don’t think I’ve ever heard someone claiming to be such a “bigfan” be so denigrating to the celebrity in question. Let me ask you this, bigfan, what do the other four voices in your head have to say about it?! :D

wreckedpizza

November 26th, 2010
7:32 am

“Black Friday” has arrived. Best of luck to all who venture out amongst the crowds. Me——-Oh, I shall seek the shelter of the bunker while Rickster is away.

Deirdre

November 26th, 2010
8:16 am

Morning!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

Highlander…welcome back! Hope Heather is well, too.

I wouldn’t go out shopping today unless I could get everything for free!

Nana

November 26th, 2010
10:29 am

Morning.

Hope all had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

dani

November 27th, 2010
1:12 am

I am totally creeped out by bigfan however, it did also creep me out when I realized every single picture posted on “Linda’s” myspace is a picture of her with Kat…JMO of course ;)

bigfan

November 29th, 2010
2:05 am

I think Linda, Melissa, Cobaby, Jenn are obsessed with Kat. They follow her all over. Melissa, Jenn, Cobaby don’t have boyfriends for one think. I think it could be a girl crush these women fans have on her.

If a guy were to go to like 60 kat events all over the country like they do, the would likely be in prison for stalking and violating a restraining order

I have only seen Katharine two times in person and I have only met her one time at Six Flags. Yet Kat has a lot of hatred towards me and falsey accuses me of stalking yet these girls are obsessed with her.

Heather MacDonald

November 29th, 2010
10:53 am

Deirdre… I’m doing just fine. Thanks for asking about me!!

I’m just catching up here and I’m extremely disgusted by bigfan. Makes you wonder about whether he’s got his dead mother in a rocking chair at home, too. LOL Stalking is usually the first step for those who become kidnappers and murderers. Lovely to think about, isn’t it? I hope Kat has a big, ugly bodyguard.

HoneyandOats

November 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

bigfan is obviously not winning any fans here lol. He tries to point fingers at others to distract from his own actions. His obsession with and cyberstalking of McPhee has earned him a permanent ban from the major fan boards which is a real accomplishment. He even harasses fans with unwanted communication (email and other means), which is something even haters don’t tend to do. He’s also prone to exaggeration and lying. I really doubt his claim of McPhee having him “almost arrested”. It’s likely she just threatened to get a restraining order, which could have possibly resulted in arrest if he had violated it (depending on the circumstances), but that’s far from an “almost arrest”. And snitching on her to TMZ (or taking credit for it) and then bragging about it doesn’t sound like much of a fan to me.
I repeat someone else’s call to Rodney asking that we not be further subjected to the ramblings of an obvious nutcase.

bigfan

November 29th, 2010
3:42 pm

HoneyandOats she did almost press charges because election day 2008 I got a call on my cell from the Los Angeles District attorneys office. I didn’t pick up the phone though, and then later in the day Michael from the security firm Kat hired to sic me called me and said how they were looking into pressing charges and how the district attorney wanted to act swiflty. the District attorney wanted Koo to get a restraining order on me. Even just a restraining order would have embarassed me as it would be all over the tabloids and TMZ.

I did not harass Kat in any way shape or form. I think Kat did that so she could get some publicity off of me and get her name out more.

HoneyandOats

November 29th, 2010
6:10 pm

For someone so afraid of getting embarrassed by TMZ and other media, bigfan sure talks a lot.

bigfan

November 29th, 2010
9:12 pm

I’d be happy if Koo just made a simple apology to me saying sorry for almost having me arrested and for going to a security firm and getting a private I to investigate me.

HoneyandOats

November 29th, 2010
10:34 pm

And calling an artist by the nickname only her dad uses with her as if it’s a special thing between them is really telling. And I say again, bigfan sure spills his guts a lot and in great detail for someone so concerned about being found out and embarrassed by TMZ

bigfan

November 29th, 2010
11:55 pm

It’s just her nickname. What is the big deal? How would she had felt when I met her if I called her Koo?

So you’re saying TMZ might talk about me?

HoneyandOats

November 30th, 2010
9:28 am

In spite of bigfan’s supposed fear of embarrassment by TMZ, I have this feeling he’s been pitching himself to TMZ and other gossip sites, or he probably wants to, as he seems to love attention a lot more than he seems to claim.

bigfan

November 30th, 2010
2:12 pm

that’s not the case. I don’t report to TMZ much. Just when I see something like the airplane tweets I quickly went to TMZ and sent them the link to her twitter and a screen cap of it incase she deleted it.

Luckily I’ve never been mentioned on the sites. Kat did hint of me in a interview though. I think she was asking something about it she’s had any creepy fans or something and she mentioned she had one. I can’t remember which interview it was.

Oh and Kat publicly BASHED me on twitter! See I tweeted for people to not donate to Kats St. Jude Charity because I said kat has enough $ to donate herself and I said how she almost got me in trouble.

Kat got pissed and sent this tweet to me.

and ill get you in trouble again…so stop following me. You not
supposed to be contacting me.
11:09 AM Nov 3rd via Twitter for Android

Wheeling

November 30th, 2010
8:57 pm

It’s great to see Kat doing good works, she seems to be a really nice person. The comments on this thread from bigfan are really creepy. The guy sounds like he should be in a padded room. Bigfan must have bothered Kat enough for her to consider getting a restraining order, so it must have gotten very bad. If I were Kat I would be concerned because bigfan sounds vindicative and he’s out for revenge because Kat won’t pay attention to him. This guy sounds dangerous, crazy and scary! Poor Kat she didn’t ask for crazy fans, I hope she will be able to get some protection and file a restraining order.

bigfan

November 30th, 2010
9:28 pm

I don’t hate Kat, Wheeling. I mean I saw on twitter kat bought a 500$ sweater. No wonder why she ask us to donate cause she probably doesn ‘t want to donate her own $ lol. I can’t call her out on it again like i did last time because she got really mad!