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]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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