Katharine McPhee misses start of Idol tour because of bronchitis, laryngitis

Last night in Manchester, NH, the American Idol 5 finalists began their 51 city tour. Runner-up Katharine McPhee, however, was not with them.

She has “severe bronchitis and laryngitis,” according to the AP, and has been ordered by her doctors to have “total voice rest.” In a written statement, Katharine said, “I need to follow my doctor’s orders to recuperate and reunite with the rest of the idols. … That’s the most difficult part, not talking!”

The tour continues tonight in Manchester, and then moves on to Worcester Friday and Saturday. People magazine talked to some of the finalists to see what they’ll be bringing along on the tour, and the results are, to say the least, predictable. Bucky will bring a cowboy hat, and hopefully a personality, while Elliott will be brining his insulin. And Mandisa will have her Bible, which will be handy if she needs to swat away any of her former gay fans.

American Idol tour starts without runner-up McPhee [AP]
Idol Tour Must-Haves [People]
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