Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “Folks, it’s official we have a a new ‘American Idol’. Yeah. We tape our show early, we don’t know who won, but I can tell you who lost tonight: NBC, ABC, CBS. … That’s all you saw everywhere today, pictures of Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee, the gray-haired guy and the young beautiful woman. Or as we call that in California, second marriage.”
Kellie Pickler Chats With 104 KRBE
May 25, 2006 – Houston’s 104 KRBE was at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood to talk with ‘American Idol’ season five finalist Kellie Pickler. She talked about her new shorter hairstyle, gossip that’s hooking her up with Constantine Maroulis and Ace Young, Daniel Powter’s ‘Bad Day’ and the “sign” she was getting the boot, and reuniting with her father. amfmpodcast.com has since shut down.
Season-Ending Misfires On ‘Idol’
May 25, 2006 – TMZ outlined some of their lowlights during last night’s season finale of ‘American Idol’, including runner-up Katharine McPhee’s duet with Meat Loaf, Toni Braxton riffing through lyrics of ‘In The Ghetto’ with show winner Taylor Hicks, Clay Aiken’s annoyance that look-a-like Michael Standecki was so slow to allow their duet to become a solo performance, Prince’s drive-by performance, and David Hasselhoff’s emotional response to Hicks’ victory.
Monster Ratings For ‘American Idol’ Finale
May 25, 2006 – According to The Drudge Report, last night’s finale of ‘American Idol’ pulled a 21.5 rating/32 share, giving FOX a historic sweeps sendoff. The program had an amazing 70 share in Birmingham, Alabama; 50 share in Atlanta; 41 share in Boston; 40 share in Washington, DC and hit a 37 Detroit.
Katharine McPhee Feels Great About Being ‘Idol’ Runner-up
May 25, 2006 – ‘Extra’ caught up with Katharine McPhee after the singer came in second behind Taylor Hicks last night in the finale of ‘American Idol’. “I feel great,” she said. “I really do. I feel like there’s going to be so many great things that are going to come up for me.” Katharine also broke this big news: “Steven Spielberg would like to have a meeting with me. That for me, I think was the thing that really made this last week calming for me. I was just like, ‘Wow, Steven Spielberg would like to have a meeting with me.’ I think that that was the moment where I turned to a couple of my close friends who have been through this competition, and I was like, ‘I don’t know if winning is the best thing for me’.”