He has gotten Tedder to write a song that shows a more contemporary and edgy side of Marilyn Monroe, and Karen, with help from some dancers enlisted by Derek, along with Tedder and his band, performs the song in front of Tom and Julia, on a bed and wrapped in a bedsheet while dancers playing paparazzi swirl around her.
The song is currently available on the cast album The Music of Smash.
The song has sold 18,000 digital copies as of May 9, 2012.
Tedder made a cameo on the series in "The Coup" as himself and within the show gives the song to Karen to perform after Derek (Jack Davenport) asks him to and work on the Marilyn Monroe project for him. Sam Lansky of MTV Buzzworthy said that the song serves as a reminder "of just how killer Katharine Mc Phee's vocals really are as well as her not-insignificant contribution to the realm of popular music".
She was angered when fellow group member Crystal Stark did not make the top 24.
Mc Phee's run on American Idol led to the use of the term "Mc Pheever".
The scene, described by The Smoking Gun, is as follows: "Karen appears wrapped in a white sheet, singing and thrashing while surrounded by masked men. Pop Crush describes the song as "dancefloor-ready" number that has "a slice of synth pop that finds plenty of effects lacing Mc Phee’s vocals".
In the episode, because the Bombshell musical about Marilyn Monroe is having some trouble with direction, choreographer and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) and producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston) seek a new direction for the show (without telling songwriting duo Tom Levitt (Christian Borle) and Julia Houston (Debra Messing) first) and Derek enlists Karen Cartwright (Katharine Mc Phee) to help him.
She auditioned in San Francisco and sang "God Bless the Child", originally performed by Billie Holiday, and was selected to be a participant in the fifth season, which aired in 2006.
After the first round of Hollywood week, she sang "I'll Never Love This Way Again" by Dionne Warwick which earned favorable comments from the judges.
this month, guest starring as himself in an episode that also features Katharine Mc Phee's Karen performing a song the One Republic frontman penned.
In the eighth episode of the Broadway musical drama, slated to air this month, Tedder will cameo when hotshot director Derek (Jack Davenport) asks him to come in and work on a project for him.
Since September 2014, she has starred in Scorpion as Paige Dineen.