Katharine McPhee is working so hard on her debut album that she' s hurting her voice, and sources tell TMZ that Fox is none too happy about it.
In fact, the "American Idol" runner-up has such severe brochitis and laryngitis that she missed the opening night of the Idols summer tour.
Kat has been ordered by her doctor to give her pipes "total voice rest," and has had to give a vow of complete silence until she's better. Fox sources tell TMZ that McPhee has also been complaining about touring,
and wants to focus more on laying tracks down in the studio.
Last night, McPhee was a no-show at the kick-off of the "American Idols Live!" tour in Manchester, NH, a huge disappointment to her legion of fans. McPhee said in a (written) statement that she was disappointed she couldn't perform, but "I need to follow my doctor's orders to recuperate and reunite with the rest of the Idols." There was no word on when McPhee might return.
One concertgoer, Gail Johnson, told the AP, "It bummed me out."