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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:

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