The Associated Press reports “McPheever” wasn’t enough to carry LA girl Katharine McPhee to victory on ‘American Idol’, but fans predicted she would end up a winner in the music industry. “It’s gonna happen. Everything that she dreamed or wanted is going to happen,” said Leesa Bellesi, a dance instructor and writer from Laguna Beach. Many suggested the ‘Confederate Idol’ factor worked against McPhee, with Taylor Hicks continuing the show’s “Southern strategy” for all of its five seasons. Bellesi added, “Taylor’s been getting so many votes. The South, they really just support the people from their small towns when they make it. There’s a lot happening in California. People have a lot of distractions.”
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