Simon Cowell: Chris Daughtry Should Have Won ‘Idol’

Simon Cowell was videotaped at his after party following the last episode of ‘American Idol’ last night. Cowell was joined by three women, none of whom were his girlfriend Terri Seymour of ‘Extra’. When Simon asked the videographer Henry Trappler who should have won, he said Chris Daughtry, and Simon agreed. He said “I’m sure she’ll do very well” regarding Katharine McPhee’s future. No doubt Cowell was remembering the failure of the obese ‘Pop Idol’ season two winner Michele McManus when considering the future of a new “underdog” winner Taylor Hicks, who lacks appeal to pop music’s money demographic – teens. has since removed the video.

‘Idol’ Reject Clark Peddles CD

May 24, 2006 – TMZ reports as Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee were filming Tuesday night’s ‘American Idol’ finale, just a few blocks away, ‘Idol’ season two finalist Corey Clark was outside a Coffee Bean on Sunset Boulevard selling his self-titled debut. has since removed a photo of Clark.

Big ‘American Idol’ Finale Wednesday

May 24, 2006 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Tuesday night, “Tomorrow night on Fox, Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks will face off on the final episode of this year’s ‘American Idol’. This is big, yeah. So tomorrow night, you may want to stay home and have a pizza delivered by Justin Guarini.”

Rosie O’Donnell: ‘My Taylor’ Will Win ‘Idol’

May 24, 2006 – Rosie O’Donnell wrote in her blog on Tuesday (May 23): “All the American Idols r here at the 4 seasons beverly hills. They and their smiling families spiffed up like Oscar night, which it is, 4 them. Horray 4 Hollywood, I will be watching, my Taylor will win, but I do adore Mc Fever as well. They are not nice 2 her, and I dont know y.”

Katharine McPhee Wonders If It Matters Who Wins ‘Idol’

May 23, 2006 – Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks gave phone press conferences Friday (May 19) to talk about the finale of ‘American Idol’. Asked if it matters if she wins on Wednesday, McPhee responded, “I’ve had a few people ask me that. Of course, you want to win. Definitely, I’d love to win. I think it depends on the person. Look at Clay Aiken. He’s done really well for himself and he didn’t win. I don’t know if it really matters. When you’re in the top two… Taylor and I looked at each other and said, ‘Oh my God it doesn’t matter.’… I’m going to be obviously ecstatic if I win, but I will have nothing to complain about if I don’t.” Check out more highlights here.

Constantine Mouralis Comments On ‘Idol’ Finale

May 22, 2006 – Fox News Channel’s Lisa Bernhard examined this week’s finale of ‘American Idol’ with last seasons’ finalist Constantine Mouralis. While the “Confederate Idol” advantage was touted for Hicks as the South tends to vote for their own whether it be presidential elections or the previous four season of ‘Idol’, Mouralis did admit McPhee was more marketable as a pop star than the grey haired Hicks who sings with a constipated facial expression. Video at has since been removed.

Katharine McPhee Visits KIIS FM

‘American Idol’ season five runner-up Katharine McPhee was live at the Kodak Theater with Ryan Seacrest and Ellen K of KIIS FM in Los Angeles on Wednesday ahead of the finale. She talked about the criticism the judges gave her new single ‘My Destiny’, the cortizone shot the ‘Idol’ doctor gave in her butt because of her allergies just before the show, the rumor that she’s been asked to sing at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding, her mystery boyfriend, and that John Mayer apparently called asking for a date. has since removed the audio.

Katharine McPhee Q&A

MTV News caught up with Katharine McPhee for a Q&A after the singer lost in the finale of ‘American Idol’ last night to Taylor Hicks. Asked what she thought made Hicks a great ‘Idol’, McPhee responded, “He definitely knows how to get a crowd going, and that was something I knew he had from the very beginning. There’s something very exciting about him when he performs, and he’s kinda got the American dream story. He’s like the guy who sung in a bar and has gray hair and he’s 29, but he looks like he’s 39. It’s somebody you wouldn’t think would be an ‘American Idol’ – and then he suddenly gets to win and he’s got a huge career in front of him. Those are things that make up the American dream and ‘American Idol’. [In] the pictures of all the winners … now it’ll be Taylor up there. So it’s good to have another guy up there. It’d been weird if it was girl-girl-girl-girl.” Read more.

‘McPheever’ Fans Predict Bright Future

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.”

Katharine Or Taylor? Hicks Should Be Soul Survivor

Lauren Beckham Falcone of the Boston Herald writes: “OK, all you hot and bothered fans who are suffering from the McPheever. Take a Tylenol. Taylor Hicks should be the next ‘American Idol’. Sure, Katharine McPhee can belt out the tunes and look longingly into the camera, but she’s Linda Eder-lite, another pretty girl from Sherman Oaks who thinks it’s a California birthright to become a star… Hicks is the real deal. The 28-year-old, gray-haired honky-tonker is sincere – right down to his spastic stage antics. And what’s wrong with his dancing, anyway?”

Katharine McPhee Motivated After Chris Daughtry Was Ousted

Even after Katharine McPhee survived the week Chris Daughtry was shockingly voted off ‘American Idol’, McPhee felt bruised and used it to motivate her the following week. “It was just as hard for me,” she explained to MTV News. “I felt like, ‘Poor Chris, he should’ve been the one to stay.’ I know in the media it was ‘Oh, Chris was going to win. How could this happen?’ It kinda made me feel pretty sh**ty, to be honest. But the next week I fired back and I’m still here, so …” Read more.

Katharine McPhee Brags: ‘I Bought These [Breasts]’

Embarrassing video of ‘American Idol’ finalist Katharine McPhee mugging for the cameras months before her chance at stardom saying “I bought these” while gently fondling her breasts during rehearsals for an amateur play have surfaced. The video at requires an account, and has since removed it.

Katharine McPhee Visits ‘Good Day LA’

‘American Idol’ finalist Katharine McPhee visited ‘Good Day LA’ on Friday. During the interview, she talked about her mother and the rumors that she’s a “stage mom” and people complained she had an unfair advantage because she could go home since she lives near ‘Idol’. Katharine also talked about when Simon Cowell apologized to her after the Whitney Houston performance.

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Katharine McPhee Returns To Old High School

The Associated Press reports ‘American Idol’ finalist Katharine McPhee returned to her old high school on Friday (April 12), where teenage boys screamed out marriage proposals and cheerleaders chanted “Go Katharine Go!” The 22-year-old brunette told the crowd, “You make me feel like a winner, regardless of what happens.” Read more.

Katharine McPhee: I Am Not A Scientologist

‘American Idol’ finalist Katharine McPhee was in the studio with Kevin & Bean of KROQ in Los Angeles, as well as her biggest fan at the station, Ralph. She talked about the security detail that follows her now from the show, Ralph having “The McPheever” and originating the phrase, how she doesn’t have the “hometown” support the other contestants have since she’s from Los Angeles, being shocked to see Chris Daughtry leave on Wednesday, her decision to audition for the show, how their schedule works on the show, and more. She also revealed “I am not a Scientologist” but that she dated a Scientologist once.

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