Mary J. Blige was onto something Wednesday evening.
The legendary singer/songwriter helped coach the 13 remaining contestants on American Idol this week, and before McKinney’s Hollie Cavanagh performed live Wednesday night on the Fox TV show, Blige told the cameras “If Hollie takes the advice Jimmy (Lovine) and I gave her, she’ll steal the show tonight.”
Hollie, the petite girl with the big voice, impressed the audience and judges after belting out “All the Man That I Need” on a night when the remaining girl contestants were required to sing a Whitney Houston song.
“You love taking on those big songs,” Idol judge Randy Jackson told her. “Guess what, dude? You nailed it!”
The crowd applauded as Hollie, 18, and a 2011 McKinney Boyd graduate, said thank you.
“That’s the Hollie that I know from last year and this year,” Idol judge Jennifer Lopez said. “You’re the one. We might have a sing-off between two girls in final. I don’t know. that’s what I’m hoping for.”
She might get her wish. Jessica Sanchez received a standing ovation from the judges later in the night for her rendition of Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” and judge Steven Tyler told Sanchez that she might “be the one.”
Meanwhile, right here in McKinney, Hollie fans gathered at Jack’s Pub on Eldorado Parkway to cheer on the hometown favorite. There was much speculation about which Whitney Houston song Hollie would put her own vocal stamp on and at least one fan guessed right. When Hollie appeared on the huge TV screen at Jack’s, all eyes were focused on the performer as she nailed another on stage performance.
“She looked incredibly beautiful tonight,” Beth Shumate said of Hollie and all around the table agreed.
The seven remaining boys contestants sang Stevie Wonder songs, while the six girls sang Whitney. After America’s vote, the Thursday show will reveal the lowest vote-getters among the boys and the girls. Then the judges will pick who stays and who goes.
Thursday’s live hourlong elimination show begins at 7 p.m. If you can’t watch, check back to TSB for the results.