By Steve Kirk, TSB Editor
McKinney singer Hollie Cavanagh was among the least vote-getters on American Idol this week for the first time of the season.
But she survived elimination.
With nine contestants remaining, it came down to Hollie, ballad singer Heejun Han and country singer Skylar Laine in the “bottom three” at the end of Thursday’s live elimination show. After Laine was sent back to safety, the tense announcement came down between the 2011 McKinney Boyd graduate and Han. And it was Han who received the fewest votes.
“Hollie, you are safe,” host Ryan Seacrest said, as a collective sigh could almost be heard from Collin County.
Han’s elimination narrowed the field to eight contestants after the three judges refused to use their one “save” of the season to keep him on the hit Fox TV show.
Hollie sang Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” on Wednesday night. And though judge Jennifer Lopez said she thought it was one of Hollie’s best performances, judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler did not agree. Ironically, Underwood loved it, tweeting her praise of Hollie.
“Carrie Underwood loved your rendition last night,” Seacrest said during Thursday’s live results show. “But unfortuantely I have to tell you, you are in the bottom three this evening. So, to the stools.”
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Idol coach Jimmy Iovine praised Hollie but also offered a word of warning for her technique-based style, saying that she needed to show more soul.
“Hollie has a beuatiful sound and did a beautiful job last night,” Iovine said. “What she lacks is experience.What she’s doing is technically right — and emotionally behind the pack. Ineveitably, it’s going to come to comparing Holie and (contestant) Jesica (Sanchez). Jessica comes at it from slightly more soulful perspective. Hollie has a more straight, intellectual appraoch. Jessica has the edge beacuse of that. I don’t believe you win this on technique. You win it on soul.
“Hollie has all the pieces, but she’s got to fill in that blank.”