Born in 1984 to a TV-producer father and a vocal-coach mother, Katharine McPhee was destined to be a singer and actress. The L.A. native started early, regularly performing in school productions before attending college as a musical-theater major. She dropped out to try her luck professionally, with minor success. McPhee finally got her big break in 2006, as a contestant on the fifth season of ‘American Idol.’ The striking brunette with the beautiful voice caused “McPheever” among her multitude of fans, but she finished second to that season’s winner, Taylor Hicks. Her ‘Idol’ single, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny,’ was the second-best-selling song of the year. Among her many TV and movie appearances, she starred as showbiz hopeful Karen Cartwright on the short-lived series ‘Smash.’
Former 'American Idol' and 'Smash' star Katharine McPhee grabbed headlines last fall when she was seen making out in public with 'Smash' director Michael Morris. Both McPhee and Morris were married to other people at the time. What's the latest?
The Broadway-themed series 'Smash' was canceled after its second season, but that hasn't stopped the former cast member (and 'American Idol' alum) Katharine McPhee and the show's director Michael Morris from keeping things going...in real life, at least.
Katharine McPhee is a busy woman. In addition to starring on NBC's 'Smash,' the singer and actress is still working hard on her career as a solo artist. The former 'American Idol' contestant, who recently chopped off her hair into a shaggy lob which looks fab on her, is currently recording her Columbia Records debut.
It was a mashup of pop, rock and a former 'American Idol' contestant on tonight's (March 28) results episode of the show, as OneRepublic performed their latest single 'If I Lose Myself' with an assist from Katharine McPhee, late of Season 5.
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