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McPhee's 'Pretender' From SMASH Now Available

May 7
3:51 PM 2013

McPhee's 'Pretender' From SMASH Now AvailableA central HIT LIST song sequence from a musical-within-the-series on NBC's musical drama series SMASH has just been released, with Katharine McPhee leading the plucky HIT LIST composition "Pretender".

Written by Lucie Silvas and Michael Busbee, "Pretender" is a bit of a sonic change of pace for HIT LIST, with a more light pop sound than the harder rock and techno stylings found elsewhere in the score as it has been heard on the series so far.

"Hey, baby, you're just a pretender," sings McPhee in the catchy chorus of the twinkly tune.

"Pretender" is featured in this week's "The Transfer" episode of the series, which also will have a showcase for Megan Hilty byway of an original Marc Shaiman/Scott Wittman showstopper (co-written with Laura Kenyon), "Grin And Bare It", and a McPhee HIT LIST duet with Mara Davi, "I'm Not Sorry".

The official synopsis for "The Transfer" is as follows: "With his sights set on the Tony, Tom (Christian Borle) pulls out all the stops at a Houston & Levitt tribute night, but can Julia (Debra Messing) turn away from "Hit List" long enough to help? Ivy (Megan Hilty) is afraid of damaging her reputation when Tom asks her to perform a risqué number. The cast of "Hit List" is rocked by a betrayal close to home."

SMASH airs Saturdays at 9 PM on NBC.

"Pretender", "I'm Not Sorry", "Grin And Bare It" as well as Megan Hilty's version of "Don't Forget Me" from BOMBSHELL are all now available on iTunes here.

Check out McPhee's "Pretender" from HIT LIST on this week's episode of SMASH below.

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