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Katharine Goes Cruisin'

6/15/2006 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The same day Taylor Hicks was crowned the Most Eligible Bachelor by PEOPLE magazine, Katharine McPhee was performing on a cruise ship- a job Simon Cowell often throws as an insult to contestants

The "American Idol" vixen must have gigs rolling in after her near-win, but Wednesday found herself as part of a christening for the newest ship in the Princess Cruise Lines, the Crown Princess. McPhee performed the National Anthem and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" before an audience which included domestic diva Martha Stewart.

"I didn't actually win "American Idol," McPhee says of her sun-soaked day. "but I was the last woman standing and I think that's a pretty big accomplishment, so I guess in the same kind of way I was crowned the princess of "American Idol." I get to hang out with the Crown Princess."

Sure, it may not be as big a deal as her gray-haired counterpart, but hey- at least this runner-up is still getting offers. Maybe she'll get a free vacation out of it.

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