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Katharine McPhee tells us what's on her mind

As the 22-year-old season 5 ”Idol” runner-up prepares to release her first CD, she talks about her new ”perfect little breakup song,” whether ”Idol” fans will buy her records, and why she won’t be mistaken for Celine Dion

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Katherine McPhee
KATHARINE MCPHEE PHOTOGRAPH BY LISA WYATT

LIFE AFTER IDOL
I like my first single, ”Over It,” because it’s clever. So many people say, ”Oh, I’m so over it, I’m so over him…” It’s a perfect little breakup song for women who are like, ”Ugh! [Singing] I’m over your lies.” A year from now, I’ll be over the song. [Laughs]

SORRY, CELINE
I’ve always been into pop, but it’s changed. Ten years ago, Celine Dion was the pop sound; now it’s more urban, so she’s not really what you hear. I’m still a fan of hers, it’s just not the kind of music I want to sing.

ON FICKLE FANS
The thing about Idol is, only so many fans who followed you on it are going to want your record. After that, [your music] needs to take you to people who don’t necessarily care about the show. I never bought Ruben Studdard’s records, even though I voted for him millions of times.

WE KNOW WHAT SHE DID LAST SUMMER
Andrea Bocelli and I hit it off that one time on Idol, and he asked if I’d go on tour for a few dates. It was so laid-back compared to the Idols tour. It was an honor to come off a reality show and work with one of the best singers in the world. Plus, we had, like, really good food.

JUSTIFYING JUSTIN
Once you’ve been on Idol, you have to transform yourself into a legitimate artist, and that’s what Justin Timberlake has done. No one remembers that he’s this guy who came off a silly show called The Mickey Mouse Club and then he was in a cheesy boy band, but, actually, he’s really talented. And he’s so cute.

…AND HER LITTLE DOG, TOO!
Her name is Nina, she’s 7 months, and she’s a Chihuahua. She’s like a baby, not shaky and mean like some people’s.