Pickler Gets a Deal, McPhee Gets Better

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Kellie Pickler became the fourth contestant from the most recent season of American Idol to land a record deal, signing yesterday with BNA Records and 19 Recordings Ltd. Her debut album is set for a November 14 release, and the North Carolina native will begin work on it once she is done touring with her fellow Idols as part of the cross-county American Idols Live extravaganza.

Kellie Pickler at the CMT Awards

Meanwhile, a fellow American Idol Season Five McPhenom is on the mend and rebuffing rumors that she's bailing on the tour altogether.

Runner-up Katharine McPhee, battling bronchitis and laryngitis for the past two weeks, and sidelined for the beginning of the Idols' cross-country tour, posted a letter to her admirers a fan site, stating:

"I have heard a rumor that I will be missing the entire tour, I can assure you that that is completely false. I am looking to join the tour around the 21st. That is the doctors orders, not mine."

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]