HOLLYWOOD – Just hours after season five of "American Idol" came to a close, runner-up Katharine McPhee was a trooper for the press and did the interview circuit after just 45 minutes of sleep.
Here is what the 22-year-old beauty had to say to FOXNews.com:
Mike Straka: How are you feeling this morning?
McPhee: I feel great, but definitely pretty tired.
Straka: Are you sick of this interviewing stuff yet?
McPhee: No, it's just a matter of getting asked the same questions all the time, but you know it's part of the gig, everyone's from these different towns and they all want to hear about our experience so I understand.
Straka: Did you have a good night's sleep?
McPhee: No, I got about 45 minutes of sleep.
Straka: What would be your dream job?
McPhee: Performing, going to award shows, making movies, being in the entertainment business is not a normal job, I will say that, it's a fun and cool job. Weird hours, demanding schedules but a fun and exciting job.
Straka: What was your favorite song to perform?
McPhee: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," that's why I chose to do it again and I was really debating whether or not I should do it again, and I think I made the right decision. I wanted to do it again and I think the fans liked it. It was all for them.
Straka: Would you ever consider doing a Broadway show?
McPhee: Absolutely, but we'll see. That may not come until later.
Straka: It's too bad they already made the "Phantom of the Opera" on film, you'd make a good Christine.
McPhee: Thank you. I would have loved to play that role, that would have been fun.
Straka: If you could act in any type of movie?
McPhee: I would love to be in "Moulin Rouge" or something like that. I thought that was a great film -- it's a tear-jerker and yet she got to dance and sing and have these great scenes. That would be a dream role.
Straka: Baz Lurhmann, if you're watching, call Katharine McPhee.
McPhee: It was a brilliant, brilliant movie.
Straka: So needless to say you like Nicole Kidman?
McPhee: Yes, and [Sandra Bullock] and Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan ... I love actresses that seem accessible to the public. I love someone who you see in a movie and their personality just comes out and it's someone you just think you can be their best friend.
Straka: Is there a different Katharine McPhee at home than there is on stage? Obviously you have to perform on stage, but what do you say to people who thought "She performs for the camera, that's not really her"?
McPhee: I don't focus on people saying things about me, they don't really know me so the way I come off on camera on the show is part of who I am ... I definitely have a fun, silly side of me, I like to make people laugh and just be silly, but sometimes it's hard to do that when you've just sung and performed, and the judges are suddenly judging you and you can't speak out, 'cause you're worried that the fans will think "She's stuck-up, who does she think she is?"
Straka: Randy was insulted that you were picking songs made famous by legends, but if you don't believe you're that good, than who will? And if you don't believe you're that good you'll never be that good, don't you think?
McPhee: But it's not even a matter of when I picked, "I Had Nothing," originally done by Whitney Houston. I never had a thought in my mind [like] "Oh well I can sing this song because I'm just as good as Whitney Houston." That was never, I mean, I don't think there's a rule that says only sing this song unless you're as good as that singer, that's a ridiculous thing to say. You can put your own twist on it so I was really surprised when they interpreted it that way. I didn't mean it like that. I just wanted to sing the song and I think it's a great song to sing.
Straka: Did your father's tears embarrass you at all?
McPhee: No, it's all in fun, no he doesn't embarrass me because it's sincere and he loves me, so there's nothing to be ashamed about that.
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