Kibbles ‘n bits.

Billboard Magazine will be doing a feature on Katharine McPhee in the next coming weeks, but for now, you can read this fairly short, straightforward article. It’s fairly non-controversial, but I do have a hard time believing that Katharine really thinks that 22-year-olds around the nation have cluttered their iPod with Timberlake, Fergie, Christina and Nelly Furtado. I’m not much older than Kat, as are my friends, and oh sure, we might have one or two songs by these aforementioned artists on our playlists…but most of us are into blues, metal, punk, folk, electric rock, Southern rock, or, regrettably, emo. I don’t really think Katharine is that out of touch with her own generation, so I’m going to assume that RCA is kind of putting words in her mouth here…because I don’t know any 22-year-old who, after experiencing the tumult of love and loss, is gonna run to get healed by Kat’s “Over It.” (Well…okay, I do have ONE friend whose CD collection is straight off the ClearChannel programming playlist. But just one.) I do know a couple of eighth-graders who might, though. (And that’s just fine…but let’s be honest about it!) Also, McPhee’s producer is busy getting together a live band for her television promo appearances this month. This should be interesting…since so much of her music is synthesized.

Billboard, like many other publications, is also running a feature marvelling at what a behemoth American Idol has become. Old news is discussed, most notably the new songwriting competition, which viewers will be able to vote on through the show’s website (so what happens if viewers vote through a horrible, horrible song like “My Destiny” that NO ONE could be able to sing correctly?). Also, be on the lookout for rawkers and “quirky” singers in the vein of Taylor Hicks and Elliott Yamin (Elliott was…quirky?) during the auditions. Oh, joy. Copycats. And naturally, the show’s creators tap-dance around their much-touted surprise that will “blow everyone away”:

And look for what Warwick describes as an “absolute mega-night” when the show trims the number of finalists to six contestants. “We’re a bit concerned at the moment that it will overshadow the final,” he says.

“Overshadow the finale,” hmm? Seems to me that it’s a guest performer he’s hinting at.

On with more gossipy news, the New York Post (a publication not known for its fact-checking; see the Taylor Hicks Relix controversy) supposedly interviewed ten different past Idol contestants to get the scoop on what life was really like behind the scenes. And as you might have imagined, it was pretty boring (or at least that’s what the contestants want you to believe). Jessica Sierra and Nadia Turner would have a glass of wine and watch TV! Josh Gracin and Paris Bennett’s mom cooked for everyone! Scott Savol took Anthony Fedorov to Hooters’! And Katharine McPhee snuck out of the compound to spend the night (or just visit? Thanks for pointing it out, Winnie, but I think the context is a little unclear) with her boyfriend (dangerous!). Not that it’s an egregious offense–many contestants complained about the harsh restrictions–but McPhee’s dalliances and disregard for the rules must have come as quite a kick in the nuts to those contestants who were stuck in the apartment because they didn’t have anywhere to sneak to. Hmm. Hey, remember that time that Kat’s mother reportedly threatened to pull her out of the competition if she wasn’t allowed home visits? (EDIT–it’s been brought to my attention that this was merely an unconfirmed rumor, so I’m deleting it.) Remember when Nigel Lythgoe commented that Katharine was “always on the edge of losing it?” Katharine tells the Post that no one ever knew that she snuck out, but I’m willing to bet that they did, and they let her, because they didn’t want to deal with her having a nervous breakdown on their hands. (That would be bad for business.)

And last but not least, contrary to popular (including my own) belief, Taylor, Katharine and Chris aren’t the only season five Idols to be putting out music these days. Paris Bennett will be releasing a single this Tuesday called “Ordinary Love.” I guess the song’s okay, but what’s going on with female Idol contestants in the recording studio these days? Taylor and Chris both sounded great, but Kat’s sounding tinny and child-like on her songs, and Paris is sounding…just bad. I don’t even think she’s singing her way through this song; it’s more like she’s shouting her notes. Then again, she was always a bit strident when tackling upper-range material; her best performances were when she stayed in her smokey lower range (like “These Foolish Things”). She’s got another song, too, called “Hold Up.” It’s more of a rap, and it’s hilarious, because while the backbeat is actually very hardcore, but the song itself is just…really…bad. Not only is the rhythm off, but singing “I ain’t cereal/you can’t milk me?” Umm…go back to jazz, Paris. We liked you there.

But you know who, by contrast, sounds really, really good–better than he ever did on Idol? Bucky Covington, who has four new songs on his MySpace. Bucky’s CD is being released April 17th, and his first single is called “A Different World.” While his voice is missing the gruffness (well, its kind of there on “American Friday Night”) that I really came to love on Idol (strangely, I think his best performance on the entire show was the little snippet he sang on “Taking Care of Business” during the finale), he undeniably sounds fantastic here.

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19 Responses to “Kibbles ‘n bits.”


  1. 1 Amanda January 14, 2007 at 11:31 am

    All of you Katharine bashers will have to cease and desist as by the end of 2007, Katharine will have bagged a few awards and will be the talk of the entertainment industry

  2. 2 idolicious January 14, 2007 at 11:32 am

    All of you Katharine bashers will have to cease and desist as by the end of 2007…

    Why? Will the end of 2007 usher in a new series of federal codes outlawing all “Kat-bashing?”

    Guess what? Fergie wins awards, too. And she still sucks.

  3. 3 Kathy G January 14, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Thank you very much for the positive Bucky comments. It was hard to be a Bucky fan during the season…. you had to grow a pretty thick skin. But we knew what was there and what would show when the real Bucky got to shine through. Really enjoyed your blog and have bookmarked it for this season. FYI A different World drops Tuesday the 16th as well and if you would like to look at his official site here is a link:
    http://buckycovingtonmusic.com/

    Thanks again! Kathy G

  4. 4 Winnie January 14, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Why be so mean…why can’t you just leave things alone and be happy for Kat that she is doing her own thing. She has tons of fans that like her a lot and really feel hurt when all you do is bash her. I appreciate the Bucky fan because I feel you. I too have to develop a thick skin but sometimes enough is enough. If this blogger is only a few years older than Kat and thinks Kat is out of touch with her generation, and then so is she/he. I have children Kat’s age and yes….those are the albums that they listen to. Besides…you probably don’t know this but her cd has a compilation of other songs…ballads…like Better Off Dead which is what she sang live at the Rose Parade. But obviously you write blogs about something you don’t know and understand so that people like me can feel bad. You’re mean.

  5. 5 Winnie January 14, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Oh by the way…this other blog said….KAT REPEATEDLY SNEAKED OUT TO VISIT HER BOYFRIEND. Nothing is said about her spending the night. Just proving my point…you write something you know nothing about.

    http://americamidol2.blogspot.com/2007/01/wild-times-off-set-of-american-idol.html

  6. 6 idolicious January 14, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    Yes…Winnie…you’ve exposed me. I live for nothing more than to make fans of Katharine McPhee feel bad. That is my life’s work. I am mean. I am evil.

    By the way, the song is “Better off Alone,” not “Better off Dead.”

  7. 7 Winnie January 14, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I apologize…I do that all the time. Better off Dead of course is the movie with John Cusak…(very funny movie). I can say I made a mistake. And yes you are evil and mean. Thanks for accepting that fact. Now go on with you life. I said what I said.

  8. 9 SunnyLovesSoul January 14, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Truth can be painful for those who like to live in a cotton candy world… Stay “mean” and “evil” (not) idolicious, that’s why I like you! ;-)

    Regarding Covington, I too thought the boy had some potential, when he’d sing tunes more his style he sounded very impressive. Times were harder for him when he had to do Pop tunes not fitting him. “Superstitious” comes to mind. I’m glad he’s coming out of this pretty well.

  9. 10 WinnieBelle January 14, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Hi there…just wanted to clarify that the “Winnie” who writes the Buckymania blog isn’t the Winnie who posted above–but I (Buckymania-writer-Winnie) wish Kat all the best. Thanks!

  10. 11 WinnieBelle January 14, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    PS–I’m also the “Winnie” who has been posting at MJs as Winnie for the past year or so…just wanted to make that clear.

  11. 12 MaryS-NJ January 14, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Ha ha! “Quirky” = not Hollywood pretty or metrosexual looks and non-boybandish moves.

  12. 13 idolicious January 14, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Ha ha! “Quirky” = not Hollywood pretty or metrosexual looks and non-boybandish moves.

    I can only assume that’s what they meant by that.

    Well, off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday with my evil compadres-in-arms Hitler, Stalin, Hussein and Amin. We’re all going out for tapas!

  13. 14 Em January 15, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Some small part of me is just vain enough to think that when you referred to your friends and what types of music they were into, you were thinking of me when you wrote metal. Squee!

  14. 15 idolicious January 15, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Oh, that wasn’t vanity. You were right. ;-)

  15. 16 MaryS-NJ January 15, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Wow, Bucky’s song is killer! Yowza! I’m not a huge fan of country music but I liked him on AI. I did think he was one of the finalists who seemed most affected by nerves, vocally. Listening to him in his element, wrapping his baritone around some good country music is like a comfortable pair of jeans. It feels just right.

  16. 17 MaryS-NJ January 15, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Well, off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday with my evil compadres-in-arms Hitler, Stalin, Hussein and Amin. We’re all going out for tapas!

    Tapas? For reals? I would have thought it was a big weenie roast.

  17. 18 keefir1 January 16, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Please don’t forget that the lovely Katharine was still receiving treatment for a serious eating disorder while the AI contest was ongoing!Consequently,it was vital that Kat would have to take leave of the compound and that may have been why Mom was so adament!Also,Kat was very discreet about her problem during the contest,but was admirably forthcoming when AI was over!The Katster will prove all you bashers to be totally off the wall.Why don’t you mention the fact that her Over the Rainbow was the #2 Billboard hot single in 2006?She’s already lauging all the way to the bank with her endorsements and Hollywood is calling!!!!

  18. 19 idolicious January 16, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Yeah, she was forthcoming after AI so people would remember who she was and would buy her single. A few weeks ago she commented that it’s dangerous too have TOO much information about eating disorders because they can become glamourized. If she really believes that, then why does she keep talking about it?


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