By Michael Slezak
Updated July 26, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

I hate to rain on the parade of American Idol conspiracy theorists — mostly because, I, too, love an Idol conspiracy theory — but it looks like Katharine McPhee isn’t bagging on the season 5 tour after all. (Not that the idea of Kat blowing off a victory lap in front of her core fans made much sense to begin with.) Anyhow, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kat’s mother announced to katharinefans.com forum that her baby girl has received clearance from her doctor, and will be joining the Idol top 10 in Pittsburgh Thursday night, after a three-week illness kept her on the bench. Kat’s also gonna bring the McPheever to a Thursday taping of The View. Let’s just hope for her sake she’s not funnier than Joy Behar, mmkay?

addCredit(“Katharine McPhee: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images”)

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