Hasn't President Bush been humilated enough these past few days years?

Evidently not. How else to explain the president's choice to host someone who actually received more votes than he did? Yes, Bush will entertain Taylor Hicks and other American Idols when they stop by Washington, D.C. on tour net week.

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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.

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The recovering Katharine McPhee is getting the royal treatment from boyfriend Nick Cokas in preparation for joining her fellow American Idol contestants on tour.

On the shelf with bronchitis and laryngitis, but looking to meet up with the tour group once it reaches Rochester, N.Y., on July 21, McPhee is resting in her native SoCal and being doted upon by the 41-year old actor. He's been taking her out for ice cream and even holding the door for her.

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Presumably, however, the record company would prefer the former American Idol finalist alive and singing.

Indeed, after turning down a chance to be the lead singer for Fuel, Chris Daughtry has signed on with RCA Records chief Clive Davis and Idol creator Simon Fuller's label, 19 Recordings Unlimited.

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We feel sorry for residents of Manchester, NH. While they'll have a chance to enjoy Taylor Hicks and other American Idol phenoms, Katharine McPhee has been diagnosed as being too sick to perform during this leg of the tour.

McPhee's doctor ordered "complete voice rest," prompting the following statement from this almost Idol to her fans:

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This is the world of Mariah. The land of scatter-brained Britney. Of tabloid favorite Jessica. Of no-good, awful, disgusting, bitchy, talentless and whorish Paris-ites.

All of which makes an anti-diva such as Kelly Clarkson appealing. The down-home girl-next-door is on the Entertainment Weekly "Must List" â€" people in the entertainment world you simply must like and keep your eyes on â€" in this week's issue. Below, the first-ever American Idol champ shares her thoughts on concerts, vanity and future projects…

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Rocker Chris Daughtry, the fourth-place finisher on the fifth season of American Idol this spring, is featured in the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The 27-year old North Carolina native, who many believe was on the fast track to winning the competition before his unexpected loss, tells eager listeners what they can expect from him and the rest of the gang on the forthcoming American Idol tour (which kicks off July 5).

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She's one busy girl, but Katharine McPhee still found the time to IM with America Online as the latest participant in the site's music interview feature.

In her chat, the giggly 22-year old American Idol runner-up discussed everything from her experiences on the show, to her career plans, to her many talents (which include stalking) and even her thoughts on world affairs. Well, sort of.

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It's no secret that Katharine McPhee rocked the American Idol world with beauty and an incredible singing voice earlier this year.

What was a secret, up until she recently revealed it, was that the starlet battled bulimia for five years. The eating disorder, which involves self-induced vomiting, put McPhee's health in serious jeopardy. Her lowest points saw her forcing herself to throw up seven times daily.

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Even though Clay Aiken wasn't the actual winner of American Idol two years ago, one man claimed he was won over by this crooner ... in bed! Now, however, former Green Beret, John Paulus, regrets going public with the story.

After taking the tale to the National Enquirer, Paulus isn't retracting its validity, merely stating he "regrets" announcing it to the world.

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Some things change, others don't. The latest American Idol winner may have had brown hair back in high school, but he's always been a charmer.

Brooke Kelley Campbell, who dated Taylor Hicks and took him to her senior prom at Hoover High School in Birmingham, Ala., says the singer was always a talented and enthusiastic performer, often becoming the center of attention in public.

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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]