It's Back to Brunette for Katharine McPhee

04/02/2010 at 02:55 PM ET

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Katharine McPhee has gone (back) to the dark side. After transforming into a platinum blonde last August for her album Unbroken, McPhee went back to brunette on March 24–the day before her 26th birthday–for another work project. She’ll play a girl-next-door pharmaceutical rep in the NBC comedy pilot The Pink House, which shoots this month. “It’s always nice to have a reason to go back,” McPhee tells PEOPLE of the change, which is a rich shade of brown that’s a little lighter than her natural color. “I loved having blonde hair–it’s so much fun.” But there’s one thing McPhee won’t miss: “Blonde was pretty hard on my hair,” she admits. “I guess my hair is thanking me now!” Tell us: Which color do you prefer on Katharine?–Marisa Laudadio

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notme on

I think she is beautiful no matter what color of hair she has! I would love to see Kat on TV every week on The Pink House! I hope she’s does a concert close to me! Her Palm Desert concert last night was AMAZING! The Girl Can SING!!!!

monkeybread on

Her natural hair was one of her best features. She really screwed up her look cutting it and going blonde. Glad she went back to brunette. And in a couple years, maybe her hair will grow back to a decent length. Why must uber-hot babes mess around with their looks?

Julie on

I loved the blonde for something fun and different, but it would have tiresome if it became permanent. She’s a beautiful brunette.

Joyce on

Love you Kat as a brunette – please stay that way. Blond did not look that great on you.

Dolly on

OK, OK she looks better as a brunette, but who is she again? What’s her claim to fame? Please, her 15 minutes are up, stop killing us with her news that we really don’t want to know.

Norma on

Finally, she’s back to her normal hair color, because she looked a HOT mess, with the blonde.

Erin on

Good call on the hair color. Also, “girl next door pharmaceutical rep” is an oxymoron. I’ve worked with a TON of pharma reps and they’ve all been sharks and shysters. I don’t know if I can suspend my belief that far. :P

Katy on

i dont like how her hair looks now i liked it how she had it on American Idol better

Andrea on

For those of you suggesting that she and other celebs are self absorbed and assuming they just called up People to bring up the color of her hair…. you are likely wrong about that.

She is talking about her hair because someone from People called her and asked. Or, she was at an event, and someone asked her why she was back to brunette — and then People picked it up. Had she not answered the question, you would have accused her of being too private, too high on her horse to answer a simple question.

Gees, leave her alone!

looloo on

she looks so homely in that picture.

and for those who wish she’d go back to her “natural” hair…that thick long hair she had on idol was not all hers. extensions, kids.

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