‘Idol’ dream still alive for McPhee

first_img The record-breaking show, now in its fifth season, has been beating the Winter Olympic Games in its time slot. On Wednesday, when the male contestants sang, it averaged about 32 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m., double the Olympics’ audience. It was the show’s second-biggest Wednesday number ever, behind the second-season finale in 2003 when Ruben Studdard edged out Clay Aiken. On Tuesday, “Idol” also crushed the Olympics in head-to-head competition, with 27 million viewers to 16.1 million, respectively, according to Nielsen Media Research.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Katharine McPhee of Sherman Oaks is still in the game. The 21-year-old songbird was among 20 remaining contestants on “American Idol” on Thursday after four hopefuls were booted off the show in the this season’s first round of final eliminations. Viewers of Fox’s top-rated amateur singing contest voted to send two males and two females – Becky O’Donohue, Stevie Scott, Bobby Bennett and Patrick Hall – off the island and back to their regular lives, leaving McPhee and 19 others to compete next week. “Katharine is just really grateful for all the hometown support,” said her mom, Peisha McPhee, who spoke to her daughter briefly by phone after Thursday’s vote. “She knows she can’t take anything for granted because anything is possible. As (“Idol” host) Ryan Seacrest put it last night, everyone has to stay involved by voting.” In competition Tuesday, McPhee sang the r&b ballad “Since I Fell for You.” She performs again Tuesday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant On Thursday, judge Paula Abdul appeared to become emotional when O’Donohue, 25, was cut after earning the lowest number of phone-in votes. Scott, 19, was kicked off after resident curmudgeon Simon Cowell said her performance of “To Where You Are” was “forgettable.” Bennett, also 19, suffered the wrath of Cowell for his Broadway-style reading of “Copacabana.” Cowell called the performance “a nightmare that would have Barry Manilow screaming in horror.” He also branded the eliminated Hall, 27, “average.” Fae Simmons, general manager of the Singing Store, a Van Nuys shop specializing in essentials for vocalists of all levels, said this season’s female contestants were “among the best batch of singers we’ve seen yet. The guys show some sweet spots, but some of them maybe shouldn’t have made it this far.” Simmons, whose customers have included many “Idol” hopefuls, said McPhee is “fabulous. I think she’s the best of the female singers and has a real good chance to win.” last_img

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