By Steve Kirk, TSB Editor
American Idol announced that more than 53 million people voted this week, marking the most of any week this season.
Just enough of them — barely — voted for McKinney’s Hollie Cavanagh to keep her around another week. The 18-year-old Cavanagh survived another “bottom two” situation during Thursday night’s elimination show and is among the Fox TV show’s Final 6 contestants.
Pop rocker Colton Dixon was sent home by America on this night, and as he sang his “goodbye” song on the show, Cavanagh stood crying and watching. She has repeatedly said how close she’s become to all of her Idol cast mates.
Cavanagh, who sang Rolling In The Deep and Son of a Preacher Man on Wednesday, was among the first to learn her “in danger” fate Thursday. She and her close friend Joshua Ledet were called to center stage by Seacrest in the early part of the show.
“After the nationwide vote, I’m sorry to have to tell you that you are the first person in the bottom three tonight, Hollie,” Seacrest said. Joining her in the bottom three were Elise Testone and Colton Dixon. Near the end of the show, Seacrest removed Testone from the equation, leaving Hollie and Colton as the final two.
“Hollie did come out of her shell last night,” Idol coach Jimmy Iovine said. “She wasn’t as nervous. Picking Son of a Preacher Man was very, very clever for Hollie. Do I think it keeps her out of the bottom three? I don’t think so. But it was good.”
He was prophetic. The judges, who had been critical of Cavanagh in recent weeks, sang her praises Wednesday night. If you missed TSB’s story about the Wednesday live show, please click here.
“If Hollie’s going to make the finale this year, I believe, there’s a long road ahead of her,” Iovine said. “She’s very good. She’s very competent. And she took a giant step. But as far as the finale? That’s a tough road.”
Stay tuned to TSB for all of your Hollie Cavanagh coverage. The show resumes next Wednesday, April 25, with live performances.