By Steve Kirk, TSB Editor
American Idol coach Jimmy Iovine’s blunt criticism of McKinney’s Hollie Cavanagh bordered on plain ol’ mean Thursday night, however America’s votes spoke much louder than Iovine ever could.
Hollie survived another week of cuts.
Although Hollie was in the bottom three for the second straight week after her rendition of Jennifer Beals’ “What a Feeling” the night before, host Ryan Seacrest sent her back to the “safe” couches before the bottom two learned their fate live Thursday on Fox television.
“You gave me a heart attack,” Cavanagh, 18, told Seacrest, after only DeAndre Brackensick and Elise Testone remained to learn their fate. Brackensick was eliminated shortly thereafter.
But previously, after Idol showed footage of Hollie’s performance from Wednesday, they showed a clip o Iovine’s critique. He was, shall we say, less than impressed.
“Hollie’s problem is, she’s approaching this like a high school performer,” Iovine said. “And last night wasn’t even a great high school performance. It’s projecting, stiff. She sang `What a Feeling’ last night and we ended up asking ourselves, where’s the feeling?”
This followed judge Steven Tyler telling Hollie the night before that her pitch was “all over the place.” If you missed TSB’s coverage of her Wednesday, performance, click here to view it.
Like she has previously, Hollie took Thursday’s criticism with a modest smile and pure class. Asked by Seacrest her reaction, she chose to reference how “amazing” her peers were.
Bottom line? Hollie is among the final seven contestants remaining.
Perhaps she who speaks last, speaks loudest, after all.