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:
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!
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCIdol blog