McKinnney’s Hollie Cavanagh got positive reviews from American Idol judges Wednesday night on the hit FOX TV show’s first night of live performances.
Singing a Christina Aguilera number, Cavanagh, an 18-year-old McKinney Boyd graduate, got her best critique, perhaps, from Jennier Lopez. The famous pop star told Cavanagh that she’s glad she didn’t give up after failing to qualify for the Idol live shows in 2011.
“I told you last year that if you came back you could win this, and I still believe that,” Lopez said during Fox’s two-hour show. “You’re one of our strongest voices, one of our front-runners.”
Judge Randy Jackson said, “Hollie, you’ve been one of our favorites since we started the whole audition season.” Jackson echoed the other judges in saying, “It would have been nice to see you let go a little bit.” He also said she took on a difficult song by “trying to slay the biggest dragon” on the first night.
Steven Tyler told Cavanagh, “You hit the notes so perfectly. … Just beautiful.”
Meanwhile, about 80 Cavanagh fans known as Hollie-pops gathered at The Pub in downtown McKinney to cheer on their hometown idol and watch her perform on the big screen. The TSB team, host of the event, provided each guest with with a Hollie-pop attached to instructions on how to vote. (See pics from the watch party below.)
“I thought she [Cavanagh] was the best out of all 12 girls who performed tonight,” said one McKinney resident who declined to be identified.
Voting ends at 11 p.m. CST.
America votes for the top five girls and top five boys out of 12 contestants in each category. The judges will then choose three more to give the show a final 13, which will be revealed Thursday night. The show begins at 7 p.m. CST Thursday.
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