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I Don't Really Understand This Katharine McPhee-Zachary Levi Video

I saw this video as part of the pre-movie filler when I was out yesterday seeing no fewer than three movies, and as I mentioned on Twitter, it seemed rather ... surprising. It features one-time American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee (who has since done some acting, including in the Anna Faris film The House Bunny) and Zachary Levi. Yes, Zachary Levi, from Chuck.

Now, it's not that it's bad. It's a perfectly nice pop song penned by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. It's utterly undistinguished, but it has a sort of a hooky love-song chorus, and ... you know, there's nothing wrong with it. And he does fine, though I'm not sure this strikes me a a song that needs to be a duet (though I understand that it was on McPhee's album to begin with, albeit with Jason Reeves).

But ... why is this happening? McPhee is working on an NBC pilot, and she was on Community, and Chuck is on NBC, but ... is it that simple? "Hey, NBC, we like working together; can I borrow that one guy?"

If so, I strongly advocate that she next try a duet of "I Got You, Babe" with Nick Offerman of Parks & Recreation.