Katharine McPhee is struck down by unseasonable ailments according to the promoters of the American Idols Live! Tour.
The season five runner-up was forced to forego performing in the opening nights of the scheduled tour due to “severe bronchitis and laryngitis,” promoters announced to the press, just hours before the start of Wednesday’s sold-out show in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“I am disappointed and I am sorry to disappoint my fans who will be attending the start of the American Idols Live tour,” McPhee said in a written statement. However, she said, “I need to follow my doctor’s orders to recuperate and reunite with the rest of the Idols.”
The singer’s doctor, Sean Nassari, prescribed “total voice rest.”
“That’s the most difficult part, not talking!” McPhee wrote.
McPhee was also expected to miss Thursday’s show. There was no word on whether she would be able to rejoin the other top 10 Idol contestants by Friday’s show in Worcester, Massachusetts.
McPhee’s first single, Somewhere over the Rainbow,debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, following winning Idol Taylor Hicks, whose first single, Do I Make You Proud, debuted at number one.
In a candid interview last month, McPhee opened up about her lengthy struggles with eating disorders, revealing she had dealing with the problem for five years and only took control of her eating disorder after landing a spot on the talent search.
“That’s why I say American Idol saved my life, because if I hadn’t auditioned, I don’t think I would have gotten a handle on food,” she told People magazine.