Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) was a contestant in Season 5 of American Idol.

Audition[edit | edit source]

Katharine auditioned in San Francisco. She sang "God Bless the Child" by Billie Holliday. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Katharine was shown in the first part of Hollywood Round singing "I'll Never Love This Way Again" by Dionne Warwick. She was in a group with Crystal Stark, singing I can't Help Myself by The Four Tops. For her final solo performance, she sang "My Funny Valentine". That performance was enough to make her a member of the final forty-four and at the final deliberation, she was told that she was a member of the Top 24.

Top 24[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "Since I Fell for You" by Ella Johnson. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "All in Love is Fair" by Stevie Wonder. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "Think" by Aretha Franklin. She received enough votes to become a Top 12 finalist.

Top 12[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Going to Do)" by Aretha Franklin. She received enough votes to be "safe" for another week.

Top 11[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Sy Oliver. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 10[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "The Voice Within" by Christina Aguilera. She was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 9[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "Bringing Out the Elvis in Me" by Faith Hill. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 8[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "Who Wants to Live Forever" by Queen. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 7[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Gertrude Lawrence. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 6[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston. She was among the Top 2 highest vote-getters that week.

Top 5[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins and "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 4[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang a "Hound Dog" and "All Shook Up" mashup and "Can't Help Falling in Love", all by Elvis Presley. She was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 3[edit | edit source]

Katharine sang "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly (as chosen by Clive Davis), "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland (as chosen by Simon Cowell) and "I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues" by Duke Ellington. She got enough votes to advance to the Finale.

Season 5 Finale[edit | edit source]

In the Finale, Katharine sang "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall, "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland and "My Destiny". She did not receive more votes than Taylor Hicks, making her the Runner-Up.

Season 18[edit | edit source]

Katharine appeared in the Finale of Season 18.

Performances[edit | edit source]

Week # Theme Song Choice Original Artist Result
Top 24 (12 Women) Free Choice "Since I Fell for You" Ella Johnson Safe
Top 20 (10 Women) Free Choice "All in Love Is Fair" Stevie Wonder Safe
Top 16 (8 Women) Free Choice "Think" Aretha Franklin Safe
Top 12 Stevie Wonder "Until You Come Back to Me" Stevie Wonder Safe
Top 11 The 1950s "Come Rain or Come Shine" Sy Oliver (with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra) Safe
Top 10 Songs from the 21st Century "The Voice Within" Christina Aguilera Safe
Top 9 Country "Bringing Out the Elvis" Faith Hill Safe
Top 8 Queen Who Wants to Live Forever" Queen Safe
Top 7 Great American Songbook "Someone to Watch Over Me" Gertrude Lawrence Safe
Top 6 Great Love song "I Have Nothing" Whitney Houston Safe
Top 5 One Song from the Year They Were Born (1984)
One Song on the Billboard Charts at the time
"Against All Odds"
"Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"
Phil Collins
KT Tunstall
Safe
Top 4 Elvis Presley "Hound Dog "/"All Shook Up"
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Big Mama Thornton / Elvis Presley Safe
Top 3 Clive Davis' choice
Judge's Choice Simon Cowell
Contestant's Choice
"I Believe I Can Fly"
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
"I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues"
R. Kelly
Judy Garland
Duke Ellington
Safe
Finale Contestant's Choice
Contestant's Choice
Coronation Song
"Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
"My Destiny"
KT Tunstall
Judy Garland
Katharine McPhee
Winner

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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