'American Idol' runner-up Katharine McPhee goes platinum...

At least her hair does. In promoting her new album "Unbroken," "American Idol" season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has dyed her trademark long, dark locks bright blonde.

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Katharine told People, "My music is a little more edgy so that inspired me to be adventurous. I've never dyed my hair before so this was a pretty drastic change. I've always been known as a brunette but I've been thinking about it for a long time and it kind of just fit with all of the searching with the music and experimenting that I would do the same thing with my look."

She went on to say the look has inspired her to be more adventurous in the way she dresses and that she always tries to have a good time. I guess blondes really do have more fun. The sexy black and white photographs showcasing Katharine sporting her new look were shot by former model Ellen Von Unwerth.

"Unbroken" hits the shelves October 6th.

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