Katherine McPhee has returned to the “American Idol” stage.
The 37-year-old singer and actress was a finalist for the fifth season of the singing competition, losing to Taylor Hicks.
Now, he’s returned to the show to perform with two of this season’s contestants, Alyssa Wray and Willie Spence.
“Growing up, I would crawl into my mother’s bed and watch ‘American Idol’ and I remember when [McPhee] I was on the show, “Wray said in a packet about the show.” I thought she was a crazy powerhouse. “
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The two performed Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight” together, although 19-year-old Wray was not very familiar with the song before his rehearsals.
“We’re going to sing ‘I’m You Baby Tonight’ by Whitney Houston, which I heard you didn’t even really know what made me shed a tear because that’s how young you are,” joked the “Smash” actress. .
The performance surprised the judges, who were enthusiastic about the couple.
“You two together, I tell you, congratulated each other very well,” said Lionel Richie. “… Together they made it look like they’ve been doing it for a hundred years.”
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“I think you are the first singer to really stand up on stage with the other star,” praised Katy Perry.
Spence began her evening with a cover of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” before welcoming McPhee on stage to perform “The Prayer” by Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli.
“One of the things that I think is really special about you and that I love about singers is their ability to make you feel like they are telling a story,” McPhee said in her rehearsals.
The star dedicated her performance to her father, who passed away three years ago.
“I hope it’s as special to the audience as it is to us,” he gushed.
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As was the case with McPhee’s performance with Wray, the trio of judges had nothing but kind words to say about the duo.
McPhee has appeared on “American Idol” several times since taking second place in 2006. According to IMDb, he appeared on seasons 7, 15 and 18 of the show in addition to his Sunday night performance.
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Wray also performed a cover of “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood, another student from the show’s early days.