Katharine McPhee signs with RCA

American Idol 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has signed with Clive Davis’ RCA Records. The deal is “in conjunction with 19 Recordings Unlimited, the label managed by ‘Idol’ creator Simon Fuller,” People reports.

Davis tells People that he sees a Kelly Clarkson-like career for Kat. “My first task is going to be to sit down with her and see what her vision is for herself. … She is a pop singer. There is no question. Our task will be to find hits for her that fit her like a glove and can be hits on today’s radio. That is the challenge and the task that lies in front of us,” he said.

Katharine’s first single will be released at the end of this month.

Katharine McPhee Signs Record Deal [People]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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