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Report: Katharine McPhee "hurt" by 'American Idol' finale "snub"


By Christopher Rocchio, 05/30/2007 

Last May, Katharine McPhee didn't receive enough love from viewers and finished second during American Idol's fifth-season finale.   And last week, it was reportedly the same old song for McPhee during Idol's sixth-season finale -- only this time, she was supposedly shunned by the show's producers, not home viewers.

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"Katharine called them herself, trying to get on the [finale]," a "source close to the singer" told Us Weekly on Wednesday.

The call was apparently unsuccessful, as McPhee did not appear during last week's sixth-season Idol finale.  Of course, McPhee's snub probably wouldn't have been as bad if many of the rest of Idol's fifth-place finalists hadn't been featured throughout Idol's sixth season run. 

While McPhee was nowhere to be seen during Idol's sixth season, seventh-place finisher Kellie Pickler performed "I Wonder," a single from her debut album "Small Town Girl," during Idol's sixth-season Top 16 semifinalists results show and third-place finisher Elliott Yamin performed "Wait for You," a song from his recently released self-titled debut album, during the sixth-season's penultimate results show. 

Then, during last week's final set of sixth-season Idol broadcasts, fourth-place fifth-season finisher Chris Daughtry performed "Home" -- the ballad that also served as the background music Idol's sixth-season eliminations -- during the last Tuesday's final sixth-season performance episode and fifth-season champ Taylor Hicks also performed "Heaven Knows," a track from his self-titled debut album, during Idol's Wednesday night sixth-season finale.

"She's really hurt," the source told US about how McPhee felt following the reported decision to not invite her to participate in Idol's sixth-season finale broadcast, which also featured performances by original Idol champion Kelly Clarkson, second-season Idol winner Ruben Studdard and fourth-season Idol winner Carrie Underwood along with appearances by numerous non-Idol artists, including Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, Green Day, Bette Midler, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, and Bebe and Cece Winans.

McPhee's self-titled debut album peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart during its first week of sales in early February when it sold 116,000 copies in its first week of release.  However it's since fallen to No. 186 and has sold only 326,000 total copies in four months, according to USA Today's Idol Chatter blog.


(Photo credit Fox)


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