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Billboard Awards Preview: AI It Girl, Katharine McPhee

American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee is having a big year. In fact, we caught up with her in Vegas before the FOX Billboard Music Awards, just after she'd been named the Big It Girl at VH1's Big in '06 Awards (more of that to come soon). She has been super busy working on her debut album, which comes out January 30, enduring a rather grueling schedule to get it out by the beginning of the year:

"After the third week of recording 10 hours a day, I was like, I just want to make this record good. They said, 'You’ll never make a record like this again. You’ll be recording one song a week as opposed to two songs a day.'"

Despite her busy schedule, Katharine looked radiant with porcelain skin and fabulous hair. We know she was the spokesmodel for Sexy Hair, so we thought it was funny when she freely admitted to wearing hair extensions. She joked: "I did cut it short at the end of the summer, so it’s grown so quickly!"

He's a quick video on what she's going to wear at the awards:

Nothlithawk777 Nothlithawk777 10 years
Do you have more video of her interview?
nyarce nyarce 10 years
She is gorgeous. *nance*
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
She is my fav!! Cant wait for her cd..i hear(read) thats its not going to be the type of music that she sang on the show!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
She is really beautiful. Glad to hear she is still a sweet girl.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 10 years
shes pretty.... i like her :) I like almost all AI peeps, I am a sap and cheese ball for that shit.
JustMe21 JustMe21 10 years
She's pretty.
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
I hated her on AI but she seems to have a large fan base & a lot of success..
laluna laluna 10 years
They just started that season of AI over here on Saturday..its annoying that i already know who wins. I dont like her already, i don't know why. ~...she's poison in the well, razors in the apple core...~
stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
Wow! It's great that you get to have a preview. ____________________________________ Don't tick me off. Or you'll get it.
Luna13 Luna13 10 years
very cool pop! she seems real nice
JessNess JessNess 10 years
She is pretty and probably talented (i dont watch AI) but there is something about her that I find odd. I dont know what but its something I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
Aw, yay! I was hoping she was nice.
mt_vern mt_vern 10 years
she's real nice/cool...i met her in Sacramento.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
Was she nice? She seems really nice.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
How exciting for you Pop!
mt_vern mt_vern 10 years
MCPHEEZY....OH BOY!!!
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