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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She may have finished second on American Idol, but she's getting all the headlines and being treated like Hollywood royalty these days.

The lovely Katharine McPhee, 22, was reportedly mobbed by tourists when she attended a recent Broadway show. Despite emerging as a bona fide star in just a few months, the singer is trying to take it all in stride and not let it go to her head.

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She was a natural on American Idol, enduring herself to fans across the nation... not to mention celebs in her native L.A.

Apparently Katharine McPhee is building quite the fan base. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have taken a liking to the American Idol runner-up, with the current rumor being that Holmes met the spunky 22-year old at the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles. The two hit it off, and McPhee has apparently been asked to perform at their wedding.

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With her new tour kicking off on June 30, pop superstar Kelly Clarkson is looking for ways to stay in shape. That's not an easy task when you have a super-busy schedule, but the Texas cutie and inaugural American Idol winner manages to get it done.

"I do kick-boxing, I run bleachers, I have to keep my endurance up or I won't make it through a show! My songs are marathons," Kelly told the Yahoo! Insider.

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For the second straight week, Chris Daughtry registered more downloads than this season's American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks.

Daughtry's cover of the Bon Jovi classic "Wanted Dead or Alive" (from the Idols' Encore album) registered 22,000 mp3 downloads last week, compared with 27,000 the previous week. Hicks' "Takin' It to the Streets" came in with 12,000, down from 16,000 the week before.

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Chris Daughtry, whose elimination from American Idol was the controversial pinnacle of the fifth season, told the Charlotte Observer that he has turned down an offer to become the lead singer of the multi-platinum rock band Fuel.

"I'm going to be doing my own thing," said Daughtry, who has made a string of appearances in his native North Carolina over the past week, including a show with his band, Absent Element, before an audience of about 6,500.

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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]