Katharine McPhee Forced to Take Time off from 'Idol' Tour
July 6, 2006

"American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee is off the "Idol" tour for at least a week due to laryngitis and bronchitis. But before she got sick, "Extra" caught up with the soulful singer having some fun in the sun.

Our Terri Seymour went behind the scenes, as Kat heated up the beach with a sizzling photo shoot for OK Magazine.

Decked out in a '60s style, white, baby doll dress, the brunette beauty told the magazine she is taking things one step at a time with her boyfriend, 41-year-old actor Nick Cokas. "It's been one whirlwind to another," she said of her life recently.

Katharine told "Extra" that her life has completely changed thanks to "Idol." Now, Kat hopes to one day meet her idols, starting with Oprah and Julia Roberts.

"I think [Oprah] is someone who's doing something with her celebrity that's positive," McPhee said. "I'd love to meet Julia Roberts. I'm a huge Julia fan."

Life is good for the soulful songstress. She'll soon rejoin the "Idol" tour, and Katharine's new double-sided single "My Destiny"/"Somewhere over the Rainbow" is already creating big buzz.

"I think it's well produced," she said. "It sounds like a really good pop single, so I think at least young girls will like it."

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