This is charming. This is the new ad for Katharine McPhee's single "Over It". Observe the red dress that's split open revealing her red panties. Maybe a great ad for lingerie, but for a record? Isn't she a great singer? I guess not, she has to show us her panties so we'll buy her music.
American Idol has a wholesome image. It's part of the ratings success. Make no mistake, much of the now estimated $2.5 Billion American Idol street value - can be attributed to sheer wholesomeness. When contestants "go too far" with their dress on the show - they are immediately "corrected" by Simon. Remember Christina Aguliera early on? Her shelf life was limited as a pop-slut - she cleaned up and is still white hot. How about Gwen Stefani? Same thing. She began wearing clothes again - and her career continues. Britney, on the other hand, didn't get the memo - and is tanking.
Katharine McPhee began her "career" as a wholesome pop princess. Immediately her record company offers bad advice. Sure, Katharine in panties may sell a few more CD's - but in time this image will haunt her. She'd have been better off to insist on letting her dress drape naturally - and "cover the goods."
This transparent record company schnizz - has been going on for decades. The artists that had staying power put their clothes back on right away. I never again saw a Carly Simon nipple - after the No Secrets album cover.