Credit: Courtesy of Self Magazine Photo: Katharine McPhee for Self Magazine, March 2012

We knew former American Idol contestant and Smash star Katharine McPhee was hot, but we're glad Maxim agrees! There’s no denying that landing a spot on the Maxim Hot 100 list would boost the self-esteem of any woman, so American Idol alum Katharine McPhee has to be feel pretty good about herself right now.

Coming in at #73, the season five runner-up looks smoking hot. Of course, Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend came in a #69, but who’s counting?

As we get closer to the end of the American Idol 2013 season, we tend to ponder whether the singers that are currently on will fade into obscurity or hold on to the limelight. Katharine has done a stellar job at keeping herself not only working but at the top of her game. Having landed several guest-starring roles on TV and a few smaller roles on film, the gorgeous singer now has the lead role on NBC’s Smash. It sure doesn’t stink to be Kat.

Of course, we can’t forget to mention that fellow season 5 American Idol alum and sweetheart of DWTS Kellie Pickler made the list at #96. That was a good looking season, y’all!

What do you think — do these American Idol alums deserve to be on Maxim’s Hot 100? What other alums would you put on the list?

Source: Maxim