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Katharine McPhee is gorgeous.

A recent poll placed McPhee above beauties such as Tricia Helfer, so this isn’t exactly groundbreaking news. But it’s nice to be reminded with the pictures below, isn’t it?

The second-place finisher on last year’s American Idol has one thing in common with this year’s runner-up, Blake Lewis: neither are hard on the eyes.

And perhaps Blake should turn his attention away from Jordin Sparks or Antonella Barba and onto this talented singer. Here are excerpts from an interview McPhee recently gave Stuff magazine:

On being McNaughty and McNice:
“There are different sides of me. On American Idol, people saw the side that is very professional and put together. But there’s this other side of me that’s outgoing, energetic, and wild—and did really stupid things in college.”

On dating older men (her boyfriend, Broadway actor Nick Cokas, is 42):
“When I turned 21, I thought it was a good age to explore. You’re no longer a teenager, so it’s OK [to date older guys]. I gravitated toward them, and I love them. They’re just wiser, and they’re less about themselves and more about you.”

On her new album cover:
“People made a big deal out of that. They said, ‘She’s a slut, blah, blah, blah.’ But I’m really not showing that much skin. It’s all suggested.”

* The Hollywood Gossip note: it’s okay, Katharine. Those people were probably just referring to Lindsay Lohan.

On what younger men need to know about women:
“Women sometimes act out, and men get frustrated. They don’t get that all we want is, for a few seconds, for you to be all about the girl – to snuggle her and give her kisses and tell her ‘Your lips are so pretty today. I love your lips.'”

On being popular with the fellas:
“I was prematurely developed. As a freshman I looked like a junior; I had boobs. Some of the older kids saw me in the yearbook and said I was cute.”

On settling down:
“Oh yeah. I want to have, like, 15 babies. I’ve always wanted to be pregnant. One year for Halloween, I decided to be pregnant, so I got this nun costume, and I put a big belly under it. I showed my parents and said I want to go to school as a pregnant nun. My dad sat me down and said, “Katharine, you can’t!”

Oh, but Nicole Richie can!