Katharine McPhee Butchers Tony Nominations: 'I Have Not Been Drinking'

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Katharine McPhee struggled to pronounce a few of the 2018 Tony Award nominees on Tuesday.

Taking the stage at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the American Idol alumna made her first flub upon announcing the nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. While McPhee correctly pronounced the name of nominee Mark Rylance, she struggled to clearly state the name of his production—Farinelli and the King.

"Wait, how do I say that?" she asked her co-host Leslie Odom Jr.

Things only went downhill from there.

As McPhee continued to announce the nominees, she mispronounced a few names of the Best Scenic Design of a Musical contenders. She also continued to mispronounce "SpongeBob" from SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.

"No, that's right," Odom said, making light of the slip-up. "I'm pretty sure that's right. That's how you say it."

"I've not been drinking this morning," McPhee told the audience.

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