Katharine McPhee Threw It Way Back with an American Idol Quarantine Look
Fans will definitely remember this dress.
14 years after she appeared on American Idol, Katharine McPhee is giving her followers a moment to remember. In her latest Instagram post, McPhee put on a bright-yellow dress that she managed to keep from her days on Idol (no Marie Kondo-ing for this particular ensemble) and not only does the plunging yellow gown still fit, the singer says that it's about time she brings the look back into the spotlight.
"It's day 26 of quarantine and we’re breaking out dresses from 14 years ago. Might have to resurrect this moment, on a red carpet, once we are out of this," McPhee wrote. Viewers will recall that McPhee wore it on an episode to perform Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing." The song happens to be co-written by one David Foster, McPhee's husband.
People notes that the dress and the original performance may not have the most positive vibes for McPhee, though she seems pretty upbeat about the situation. After her performance, Randy Jackson called the song "too big" for McPhee to handle. Then-judge Paula Abdul added that McPhee faced "pitch problems" during her performance and famously prickly Simon Cowell accused her of trying to draw comparisons between herself and Houston.
McPhee's followers were less critical, writing, "This is iconic" in the comments. Lisa Rinna chimed in, too, saying, "BODY!!!!!!!!!" Fans remembered the judges' criticism, too, adding, “You had some MOVES on that dress! And then came the INFAMOUS shade from the judges.. totally uncalled for!" and, "The judges were so unfair to you after that performance! It was amazing."
During a performance in March 2020, McPhee suggested that it was that specific yellow dress that made Foster notice her when they first met (he appeared on the Idol episode alongside Andrea Bocelli). McPhee says that the dress "popping open" during her peformance was an iconic moment — and something that she won't ever forget.