By Steve Kirk, TSB Editor
Everyone who survives this week’s cuts on American Idol makes the top 10 finalists and is guaranteed a spot in the 2012 concert tour of America.
McKinney’s Hollie Cavanagh appears to be in good shape depending on how the millions of watchers of the hit Fox TV show vote between now and Thursday night’s elimination show at 7. That’s because she belted out a strong, heartfelt version of Celine Dion’s 1993 hit, “The Power of Love,” on Wednesday night’s live show.
“Don’t know where your voice comes from,” Idol judge Steven Tyler told Hollie. “It’s heaven above.”
Heaven from a tiny girl, according to host Ryan Seacrest: “The very tiny Hollie takes on a huge Celine song,” he said.
Contestants large and small were challenged this week to sing a song from their birth year. Hollie, a 2011 McKinney Boyd graduate, was born on July 5, 1993, in Liverpool, England. During her practice session with guest coach Will I. Am of The Black Eyed Peas, Will said, “Where’s all that power coming from? You got amplifiers in your pocket or something?”
Judge Jennifer Lopez referred to Hollie, who was the last contestant of the 11 remaining to sing Wednesday, and the 10th contestant, Louisiana’s Joshua Ledet, when she said, “With you and Joshua, they really saved the best for last, huh? There were a couple of things (to correct) but to even criticize them would be silly. (It was) beautiful.”
Before Hollie left the stage, judge Randy Jackson said, “This song, you blew it out of the box. Another moment with Hollie, Ryan!”
After Thursday’s elimination there was supposed to be 11 contestants remaining. But Idol producers announced during Wednesday’s show that the dubbed “gentle giant,” Jermaine Jones, had been kicked off the show after they found out from law enforcement that Jones had four outstanding warrants.