Katharine treated for bulimia before Idol began, was throwing up seven times a day at the auditions

Meanwhile, Katharine will reveal in People and Teen People tomorrow that she is “a recovering bulimic,” according to MTV.com. She started throwing up at age 17, and “was throwing up seven times a day” when she auditioned for American Idol 5. MTV reports that “she knew if she made the show, that couldn’t continue — not if she wanted to win.” Thus, she sought treatment.

Katharine tells People, “Food — my eating disorder — was the one thing holding me back. I mean, here I am, this singer, and it was so horrible on my vocal cords. So when I got on the show, I said, ‘You know what? I can do well. Let me give myself a chance and just get a hold of this thing.'”

She “entered a three-month program at the Los Angeles Eating Disorder Center of California in October so she could start shooting the show in December,” and “hasn’t binged since two weeks before entering the program,” the site reports.

‘Idol’ Runner-Up Katharine McPhee Reveals Eating Disorder [MTV.com]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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