Whitney Houston Fondly Remembered By Katharine McPhee On 'Live! With Kelly' (VIDEO)

02/13/2012 12:27 pm ET | Updated Feb 13, 2012

Whitney Houston was fondly remembered on "Live! With Kelly" (weekdays on ABC) by "Smash" star Katharine McPhee.

McPhee, who performed Houston's "I Have Nothing" during her time as a contestant on "American Idol," said she had the honor of performing for Houston shortly after "Idol" Season 5 ended.

"Clive Davis asked me to sing for Whitney," McPhee told Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Randy Jackson, "and I got to sing a 'Bodyguard' medley for her."

"She's always been a real huge influence in my life and you always told us to never sing her songs," McPhee said to "Idol" judge Jackson. "No one can sing it like her, but you sure can dream to be just a smidgen of what she was."

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