Katharine McPhee Dishes On Going Blonde

09/18/2009 at 02:05 PM ET

Humberto Carreno/Startraks

It’s been over a month since Katharine McPhee gave PEOPLE an exclusive sneak peek at her new platinum look on her album cover. Yet she still managed to wait until Fashion Week to reveal the look on the red carpet. Katharine spoke with PEOPLE backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show in Manhattan’s Bryant Park tents about what prompted her to trade her signature sexy brunette style for being a blonde-bobbed bombshell. “I have a record coming out in January called Unbroken,” she explains, “and I’ve been working on it for the last year and it’s been a big artistic development. It sort of felt like I was shedding skin, so I was literally shedding layers of hair.” Tell us: What do you think of Katharine’s blonde hair? –Reporting by Jeffrey Slonim


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Delana on

Katharine McPhee is gorgeous, and her voice is phenomenal, but this blond hair just doesn’t suite her. Bring those dark, shiny locks back girl!

cin on

not her color at ALL! she looks fake & washed out. dark brown was great & enhanced her eyes.

jillian on

um…why did she do that???? not cute.

S on

I agree. I bought her first album and love it. I think her voice is phenominal. However, with that being said, I like her dark shiny hair best. Good luck on your new album, can’t wait.

Halley on

I have absolutely no idea why these women, gorgeous women, with gorgeous dark hair, jack it up by going blonde. Haven’t they ever heard, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?”

amy on

Go back to your beautiful brunette hair!

Cindy on

Looks dried out.

vanessa on

UGH! This does not look close to natural! Fake fake fake.

Jeanie on

I loved her dark hair….why does she want to look ordinary like the rest….gosh, she should have consulted Catherine Zeta Jones…..

Suzi Q on

Attempt to get attention?

goodtxgirl on

Love her music, hate the hair.

Rachel on

The blonde hair does not look good at all. Her hair was so beautiful before. Sometimes change is good, but in this case – not so much.

Pam on

I love Catherine but she looks like most of us normal people look when we can’t figure out what to do with our hair. Why do these beautiful brunettes feel like going blonde is the thing to do? Kim Kardasian, Jessica Alba and now Catherine…

Amber on

Her hair looks FRIED!!! I dont like it at all! I’m glad she is coming out with a new album because her voice is incredible, but seriously….Her new hairdo/color is making a statement – BUT NOT A GOOD ONE!!! Bring back the Long Beautiful Brown Locks!!

Natalie on

I think her hair looks so horrible, it looks like a dry stack of hay on her head. She needs to go back to being a brunette.

Tara on

i hate it. she needs to go back to the brunette.

Lauren on

OMG!!!!!!!! Not her look at all. She had such beautiful hair!!



Jana on

Do not like it at all! Go back to your beautiful brown hair.

Helen on

She is a beautiful lady and I loved her hair when she had it long and dark. Her Blonde hair just does not look good and I noticed that she cut her hair short. Anyway she is a pretty lady and a great voice. Good luck to you Katherine and I wish you lots of good success and happiness.

Ick on

I always thought her being a brunette made her stand out. Hollywood blondes are a dime a dozen -I think this was a dumb decision. Nothing about this is going to help her album sales. She flopped the first time, there’s not a whole lot of hope for Take 2. Its an act of desperation to get attention.

veronica on

Katharine, you look horrible. The cut looks good on you but the color stinks. Brunette is much better.

twc on

well, kudos for taking a chance. too many people play it safe. but…. HAYLL NO.

Daisy Love on

geez, what did she do that for?!?! Her hair was so pretty before! I would’ve killed for her hair before this… I guess sometimes people just need to make a change… just like Kim K did, but she has since gone back to her original color… hopefully Kat will follow suit soon!

sarah tullier on

i love change. looks great!

Trish on

This is one young lady that really really suits the dark hair. She is pretty either way, but the blonde does nothing for her.

k on

Looks absolutely horrible and damaged. What was she thinking?!

Nancy on

Bring the brunette back!

me on

she still a c**t

Jo on

She could be bald and be just as beautiful and talented!!

Jamie on

I agree with the comments. Her hair looked so shiny and healthy and now it looks very brittle. She could have just cut it shorter without bleaching it to change up her look.

trsquare on

She’s such a beautiful woman, why did she do that? She doesn’t have the coloring to carry off blonde locks, or else it should’ve been a darker shade of blonde.

jax on

She looks like Katherine Heigl. I don’t think this is her color though.

Shen on

She’s beautiful regardless of her hair color, but I do personally think she should go back to her brunette roots.

Patty on

It doesn’t suit her at all. She is meant to be a brunette. Why do they all think blonde hair will look good on them?

Ruth on

I hardly reconized who she was.I dont know who she is pretending to be, but this just dont look good. Her skin colour just dont go with that blond look. Her new CD will still sell without that fake look

Tina on

Looks cheap. not just the color, but the style as well. it’s aged her and she was such a pretty girl!

Darlene on

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HAIR! What was she thinking?

marie on

its a nice color, but its such a mom hair cut!

Toni on

I didn’t even recognize her. It’s cute, makes her look older though. I like her dark, long hair better. But the good thing about hair is you can try something different and it grows out and can be colored back to its original shade. I say good for Katherine for being brave enough to try something new and if she likes it, that’s all that matters.

Patty on


Vicki H on

Horrible. I love the haircut on her but the color, with the dark roots even, is not for her. She is gorgeous and there is nothing wrong with being a brunette. Go back, please.

Lenore on

Makes her look older….stepford wife and her nose looks bigger with that cut!

Marnie Blair Schulman on

She did it Old-School blonde….looks horrible!!!

hmmmmm on

hey – she almost has a Kellie Pickler look. Maybe she figures people will confuse them and she’ll have sales??

Makenzie on


Jamie on

that is a horrible color on her. Don’t care for the cut either.

L on

Not a good idea. At all.

Pamela on

it is not flattering at all she looks washed out and the dark brown is peeking through the roots…not good

lswan on

Platinum blonde is soooo 80’s – she looks like a member of the B-52’s! If you have beautiful brunette hair, why would you bleach it? YUCK!

jean on

I sound like I am the only one that think it actually looks great. I think she looks like Katherine Heigl

Tammy on

She really couldn’t do anything to make me like her less. I think she’s untalented and I’m not the least bit interested in anything she says or does.

Diane on

Horrible hair

Jenn on

The color looks great on her, the dye job however is horrible

Domer on


SusieQ on

What’s the big deal? Give it a few days, it’ll be a different color.

trina on

I love her in the short, blonde hair! It makes her big eyes really pop. She looks beautiful!

Kristin on

Gosh i hope thats a wig…so sad because she is beautiful…just not as a blonde!

Nichole on

I love her brunette hair the best. It’s much more healthier and shinier looking. Please Katherine, go back to your brunette hair. You don’t have to change the color of your hair because you have a brand new album coming out!

Donna West on

Katherine who?

Amy on

GASP!!! oh nonono. Not a good look for her at all. She looks like an old maid. Katharine; bring back the brown!!

AmyR on

It makes her looks sooo much older. Horrible!! Way too much upkeep when your hair is naturally so dark. Change it back to dark.

Mrs. M on

Absolutely horrendous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OOF!

NV on

UGH!!! What a blond wannabe!

A Girl on


Who? on

Who is she again? She tries so hard to be popular and nobody cares about her.

me 2 on

She looks great. Looks very current.

Hallie on

Wow… that is so not cute… She was so beautiful as a brunette! This just makes her look like a wannabe…

me on

Her hair looks ashy.

G on

Wow! I think that is a great look!! She has two singles available on iTunes right now. They are amazing!!! She is a gifted vocalist . Some of you should take the time to listen to Had it All and Say Goodbye ( she sang Say Goodbye on CSI:NY this past spring). Hope she is a red head next.

Where’s Pattiepage, Rosie, or Barbara? No comment yet from Patricia Vancourt? Hmmmm finally get a real job?

Sylvia on

She is such a beautiful young woman and her natural look is so appealing that the blonde look does nothing for her. I don’t know why women who are naturally beautiful mess around with what God gave them. I hope she goes back to her natural color!

J on

She looks like Kate Bosworth…

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Lena on

She looks like a beauty school drop out. Just a boiling, hot mess.

Dan Dan on

Looks awesome and edgy ! Love her voice !

Ron on

Well, Katharine USED to be super hot, but that color and short haircut are dreadful. What was she thinking?

Nynelly on

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tomsdeli@yahoo.com on

It will grow beautiful girl… we all make “hair mistakes” like this one. Don’t let yourself compromise your soul… you are a wonderful and talented artist… be mindful, listen to the inner voice… be true to you, and others will self select into and out of your life… be true to you

Liz on

she looks like another fake barbie doll girl. she looks like everyone else. and it definitely isn’t her hair color, she should have done something like kim kardashian and gotten blonde highlights to see if she would like it

Cin on

She’s a gorgeous girl and I loved her brown locks. Blonde would look ok on her as a color…but that hair cut makes her look so old!

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