May 18, 2006 11:34 PM by Joe Blackmon
As Katharine McPhee has advanced to the final two of the competition, she has been coming under a lot of fire lately. The judges have not been kind to her over the last several weeks, and it’s a wonder that she survived the numerous theme weeks that favored the male singers in the competition. Worst of all, during her hometown visit, Katharine McPhee didn’t get a parade or a meeting with the Governor like the other finalists.
The media has not been particularly kind either. TMZ.com has uncovered a video of Katharine McPhee auditioning for a play that they write about under the sub-headline of “Idol finalist gets a little racy on a mattress.” Star Magazine reports on possible links to scientology, while conjuring up images of people ingesting cooking oil. (For the record, other reports say that Katharine McPhee has denied being a scientologist.) And yes, even Reality TV Magazine reported that some Elliott Yamin fans are upset over the reaction of Katharine McPhee and her family after Elliott’s elimination.
Does Katharine McPhee deserve all this criticism? No, she probably doesn’t, but it is par for the course of what a contestant can expect when they chase the American Idol dream. When you consider the dirt that has been reported on some previous finalist, the stories on Katharine McPhee are actually fairly mild in comparison.
So what of Katharine McPhee’s celebration after Elliott Yamin’s elimination? While our original article was meant to report on the backlash from Elliott fans over the way it appeared on TV, it was not meant to suggest that Katharine McPhee was celebrating Elliott Yamin’s elimination. Rather, Katharine McPhee was celebrating making it through to the next round, and Taylor Hicks did a better job of controlling his emotions. Katharine seems to have a bubbly, excitable personality, and many of her fans have pointed out that what many think is conceit is actually just enthusiasm. On camera, it looked bad for Katharine McPhee, but in reality, the most she is guilty of is getting excited over moving forward in the competition and not realizing that she would come across better by controlling her expression.
Pointing out that Katharine McPhee’s hometown celebration paled in comparison to that of the other finalist isn’t a reflection on Katharine, but a call out that her state should be doing more for her. Katharine McPhee deserved a parade, and she deserved a meeting with the Governor. Sure there is a lot going on in California, but of all states, they should recognize the importance of television.
In the end, all of the American Idol finalists have the talent level that the majority of the world can only dream about. Part of the appeal of American Idol is watching these talented individuals pursue their dream, and as viewers, it’s fun to analyze the show and the various conspiracy theories. With so much bad news in the world, the controversy of Idol is a welcome relief. We would be very lucky indeed if all the world’s scandals were as minor as the ones reported on American Idol.
The fact that the biggest dirt that has been uncovered on Katharine McPhee is that she got a little racy while practicing for a play, some vague link to scientology, and that she smiled at an inappropriate time probably signifies that she’s led a pretty clean life. We hope that win or lose that there’s a big parade for Katharine McPhee in her hometown after the American Idol finale, and we hope that Governor Schwarzenegger is on hand for the celebration.