The esteemed musical elite weighs in on Katharine.

What two respected, esteemed, cutting-edge musical publications have weighed in on Katharine’s debut album, with both evoking comparisons to the great, multi-octaved Mariah Carey? Could it be industry standby Rolling Stone? Could it be one of the New York Times’ renowned music critics? Perhaps Vibe, or even Billboard? Why no — it’s In Touch and Us Weekly, of course! Paragons of lyrical and compositional analysis, these glossy, glittery pages are not at all swayed or influenced by Katharine’s physical beauty and current status as the Big It Girl.

From In Touch (or maybe Us Weekly):

Katharine’s Hot New Sound! She won a lot of fans with her stirring rendition of “Over the Rainbow” on American Idol, but take one listen to season five runner-up Katharine McPhee’s self-titled debut album–and one look at the CD jacket’s sexy photos– and you’ll say, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto!” The first single, “Over It” sounds like she’s gone from singing for Simon to auditioning for the Pussycat Dolls. Girls’ anthem “Open Toes” is even steamier, but it’s the ballads (like the tender “Home” and “Each Other” that best bring out the voice the country fell in love with. Mariah, you have some competition!

From Us Weekly (or maybe In Touch):

Looks like American Idol viewers were right when they labeled season five runner-up Katharine McPhee a diva–not that she acts like one, but because she can sing like the best of ’em, as her major label debut proves. She channels her inner Christina on epic, dramatic ballads like “Ordinary World,” emotes Mariah on sexy, radio-ready tracks like “Everywhere I Go,” and still manages to belt like Beyonce (“Love Story”) and croon sweetly like Janet (“Over It”). (Alas, her signature ballad, “Over the Rainbow,” is not included.) In short, she’s the total package. Is it too late for a recount?” (three out of four stars)

Only a Grammy prediction by OK! can round out this trifecta of perfection. Snerk. We’ll see how Katharine does in, err, more serious publications (or at least any publication without a patronizing “Stars–They’re Just Like Us!” feature). I won’t snark on those. Much.

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2 Responses to “The esteemed musical elite weighs in on Katharine.”


  1. 1 haha January 24, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Wow you are coming a long way in proving you are not obsessed with her.

  2. 2 idolicious January 24, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    You’re going a long way to proving you’re not obsessed with ME. (But then again, I suppose it just means I’ve got the “It Factor.” Just like Katharine!)

    Oh, and aren’t you up past your bedtime?


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