Singer and now actress Katharine McPhee is enjoying life as an "American Idol" alum. Since finishing season 5 as the runner-up, McPhee has sold more than 400,000 albums, and she's launched an acting career.
On NBC's freshman series "Smash," she plays wannabe Broadway star Karen Cartwright, who has the technical training to make it on stage but learns that the off-stage drama might stand in her way.
She recently sat down with "Showbiz Tonight's" Kareen Wynter to talk about life on set, her work with the non-profit group Malaria No More, and if she'd be good at judging an "Idol"-esque competition.
McPhee tells CNN she keeps up with what's going on with the latest talent shows on TV. Listen to why she thinks she might not make the best judge.
McPhee and her husband work with the non-profit group Malaria No More, which works to make sure that every family in Africa has ready access to the tools they need to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. Here she explains how one person can approach helping to solve such a huge problem.
Katharine McPhee tells Showbiz Tonight's Kareen Wynter that loving what she does and the people she works with makes it much easier to make it to the set of "Smash" early in the morning.
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she really is a triple threat! after seeing her Bollywood episode on Smash this week, i'm really impressed with her dancing! she is amazing
Was a 'sorta' fan on AI....but man has she improved in every way. Watch this show and she is phenomenal. Gorgeous, beautiful voice and quite an actress. Go on girl.
Drop dead gorgeous, talented singer, actress, and dancer! Triple threat! She is a huge star in the making!
She's simply FANTASTIC. Loved her on Idol, and just very proud of her for this success. The show is amazing, I watch it religiously
She sure sings like a song bird. sorry sadie
She has turned out awesome. We hope the best for her.
Love her since "God Bless the Child"... <3
I don't watch this show,but, did you see her sing "Over The Rainbow" on AI? She was amazing!
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.......Drop dead beautiful!
Love love love love love
Love her she is beautiful and she does so well in smash
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