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Katharine McPhee reveals she didn’t know who David Foster was when she met him on American Idol

She got engaged to music producer David Foster, 68, while on holiday in Italy.

And Katharine McPhee, 34, revealed that she didn’t know who he was when she was first scheduled to meet him, according to the Everything Iconic With Danny Pellegrino podcast. 

The star was 22 during their first meeting, which took place while she was a contestant on season five of American Idol in 2006. 

Katharine McPhee, 34, revealed that she didn’t know who David Foster was when she was first scheduled to meet him, according to the Everything Iconic With Danny Pellegrino podcast

David was going to serve as a guest judge alongside opera singer Andrea Bocelli, who she did know of.

Katharine said she knew of Andrea because she loved his music and also performed his 1998 son The Prayer, which he had performed with Celine Dion.

She wasn’t aware that David wrote that song too. 

Katharine said on the podcast: ‘I grew up listening to Celine Dion and I love Andrea Bocelli – I knew The Prayer because I’d sung it for something and my mom made me learn the Italian,’ via People.

Blast from the past: The star was 22 during their first meeting, which took place while she was a contestant on American Idol in 2006 (pictured on June 13, 2006 at a JC Penny Jame press conference in Los Angeles

Blast from the past: The star was 22 during their first meeting, which took place while she was a contestant on American Idol in 2006 (pictured on June 13, 2006 at a JC Penny Jame press conference in Los Angeles

Catching up: Katharine said she knew of Andrea because she loved his music and also performed his 1998 son The Prayer, which he had performed with Celine Dion; pictured  with David on October 28, 2006 at the Mercedes-Benz Presents the 17th Carousel of Hop Ball

Catching up: Katharine said she knew of Andrea because she loved his music and also performed his 1998 son The Prayer, which he had performed with Celine Dion; pictured  with David on October 28, 2006 at the Mercedes-Benz Presents the 17th Carousel of Hop Ball

The actress said that when she found out her mentors for the week on American Idol she called her mom.

The star said: ‘I remember calling [my mom] and I was like, “You’re never going to believe, the guest mentors this week is Andrea Bocelli and there’s producer that I don’t know but he’s supposed to be really amazing. His name is David Foster.’ 

Katharine continued the story: ‘My mom was like “Katharine, you know who David Foster is. You’ve listened to every artist that he’s ever created.” And I was like, “Oh… okay.”‘

For her performance for that week on American Idol, she sang Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing from the Bodyguard movie.

Now: The actress said that when she found out her mentors for the week on American Idol she called her mom; pictured at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing party in WEst Hollywood in March 2018

Now: The actress said that when she found out her mentors for the week on American Idol she called her mom; pictured at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing party in WEst Hollywood in March 2018

David had said at the time after her performance: ‘Katharine’s got a great, great future ahead of her.’ 

Two years after American Idol, she collaborated with David on his Tribute concert: Hit Man: David Foster & Friends.

Ironically enough, he played the piano at her wedding to her now ex Nick Cokas.

Katharine and Nick were married in February 2008 and they split in 2014 with their divorce finalized in February 2016..

She told Danny that: ‘We met on the show and then I did a lot of charity events with him. We’ve been friends a long time. And…yeah…’

Romance rumors between Katharine and David first started in May 2017 when they were spotted on a date to Malibu’s trendy spot Nobu. 

Future Mrs. Foster: David proposed to Katharine while on holiday to Italy in early July

Future Mrs. Foster: David proposed to Katharine while on holiday to Italy in early July

While they continuously denied rumors that they were dating, they confirmed their relationship in May at the annual Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in NYC.

David proposed to Katharine while on holiday to Italy in early July. 

The music producer has worked with Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand to just name a few.

He’s also a songwriter and composer with 16 Grammy Awards to his name, from a total of 47 nominations.

Good times: Two days ago, Katharine shared snaps from her trip to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with David

Good times: Two days ago, Katharine shared snaps from her trip to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with David

Strike a pose: She also shared a snap of herself while posing solo

Strike a pose: She also shared a snap of herself while posing solo

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