American Idol is good at finding country music talent, as you can see this week. However, it's also good at finding pop talent. Katharine McPhee is one of the more colourful contestants from Season 5, ending as that year's runner-up. She had a nice pop star quality, similar to a Mandy Moore, but had a huge, huge voice. I could see Mandy Moore singing this song, which is light teen angsty fare, but still fun.
As many of you know, Katharine is now one of the stars of the NBC show Smash, which I suggest you check out. Second best music-centered show on television (Nashville being the best). In the years between her AI appearance and this, her voice has matured, and she is now capable of carrying this big tune, just like Christina Aguilera did.
Lest we forget, this is where she started. Actually, this was the AI5 finale, so I guess this isn't the start. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is the song. And she belts it. Such a mature voice already at that point. Enjoy!