By Honey Gillard
McPhee fever is on the loose and highly contagious! The symptoms you can’t stop listening to Katherine Mcphee and you then you just start jumping on chairs and tables dancing and singing to you fav Kat tunes.

American idol’s Katherine Mcphee has been standing in a very bright spotlight, since starring on the 5th series of the smash-hit reality TV show ‘American Idol’. Since her idol days Kat has not only received a record contract and made her funk-a-licious debut album but has also had several guest-appearances and was rumoured to be a front runner for the big-screen adaption of the DC Amazon Princess comic ‘Wonder Woman’.

Well ‘The Associated Press’ recently sat down with Miss. Mcphee herself and quizzed her on her new album, life after idol and her gorgeous new image.

Read on for the interview but remember beware of McPhee Fever.
 
Q: Your single just came out, your record is next. How do you feel?
A: I am so excited. I just look back to a year ago, at this time I was getting ready, preparing for “Idol,” and I wasn’t able to tell anybody I was going to be on “Idol.” It’s a pretty miraculous thing that I’m now promoting my first single, “Over It,” which I’m just loving. … It’s just a fun pop, up tempo record. It gives you a little bit more of an insight to who I am, a different side of me. I dance in my car to it and have a great time. It’s kind of a celebration of young girls coming together and a lot of those kinds of tunes.

Q: How has your sound changed since you left “Idol”?
A: I always wanted to just sing the kind of things that were a little bit more challenging, rhythmically challenging, like different syncopated kind of beats and stuff like that I didn’t get a chance to do on “Idol.”

Q: What should fans expect from this record?
A: It’s not a record that I’m just trying to be like, “Oh, I want to be like everybody else.” It’s something I really relate to and it’s something that is a part of me. I think when you walk away from this record, you’re going to feel like you know a part of me better – the girl who was in college or the girl who was in high school versus the girl who was on “Idol.” You just get to know a little bit more, which is important for a new artist.

Q: What was the song writing process like?
A: My process was that even if I wasn’t writing on one of the songs, I was still really involved. … But my specific writing was really fun for me. We came up with a song called “Not Ur Girl,” which is one of my favourites. It’s kind of a girls’ anthem. I think we built a really fun pop song for girls, and it kind of has some old-school feel. And then “Neglected” I wrote on as well, which I think is one of my favourite songs on the record. Every time I listen to it it gives me these goose bumps. If you can make yourself get goose bumps with something you’ve done, that’s a pretty good sign.

Q: How does working in the studio compare to musical theatre?
A: With musical theatre, it’s so much easier to obviously connect with what you’re singing about because you have a live audience and you’re getting energy from them. When you’re in the studio, it’s so easy to just kind of be singing the lines, having no emotion behind it. … That was something that I had to learn in the recording studio that I had to not only just sing it and make it sound pretty but that the emotion had to carry through.

Q: Your image is much sexier now. Was that intentional?
A: We didn’t think, with this kind of music, a long gown was going to mix well together. That’s definitely a part of me. What girly girl doesn’t want to get dressed up and go to the prom and look beautiful? But for this kind of music, it was more the side of me who’s a typical day-to-day jeans and T-shirt kind of girl with some cute high heels and a ponytail. The cover of the album is pushing the envelope. It’s always about wanting to get people’s attention and making a statement. You won’t see me walking down the street with thigh-high boots and a little short shirt, but you’ll definitely see a little bit more of the more comfortable Katharine.

Q: Any downsides to overnight fame?
A: Right now there haven’t been too many downsides. I’ve really enjoyed all of it. You do get tired, like everybody else, and sometimes you wish that the Internet didn’t have a right to say all the things they want to say, but also there’s the upside that they write and they publicize all the things that you want to have people know. I really don’t feel like I have any complaints.

Q: What’s been the single best thing that’s happened since auditioning for “Idol”?
A: To be honest, I think it was making it into the top two and having that realization with (“Idol” winner) Taylor (Hicks), that moment where we were like, “Oh my gosh, we both have record deals. This is exactly what we wanted!” For me, it was a moment of peace where I was like, “Wow, I can’t believe I did this. Out of all these hundreds of thousands of people who auditioned, I’m one of the last ones standing.” That was a huge moment. For what I’ve experienced, that was the biggest thrill.

Looks like she’s over the rainbow and ready for the new chapter of her life…

To read the full interview click here.

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Sources:  Just Jared
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