Wednesday , 25 April 2018

TSB’s Top News Stories of 2012: Hollie Cavanagh’s `American Idol’ Run Puts McKinney in National Spotlight (No. 3)

By TSB Staff

For 11 straight weeks, ending in May, the hosted community-wide watch parties to celebrate our hometown hero, Hollie Cavanagh. She was the little engine that could, climbing all the way to the Top 4 on the popular Fox Television music show American Idol.

McKinney watched Hollie blossom as a singer and performer, gaining confidence along the way. She tried out and nearly made it to the live shows in 2011 in a memorable rejection conversation that showed Hollie in tears.

Boy, did she bounce back in 2012. We are so proud of Hollie, a McKinney Boyd graduate, and wish her continued success in the music arena. We know she’ll do just fine.

–TSB Entertainment Editor Michelle Stevens Bernard sat down with Hollie during a return home to visit McKinney during the show. For that one-on-one interview, please click here.

–When Hollie qualified for the show’s top 10 finalists, it meant she’d be going on their summery tour, a landmark moment. Click here for TSB Editor Steve Kirk’s story.

–And when she qualified for the Top 4 but watched her roommate Skylar Laine go home instead, it was bittersweet. That story is here.

After it all ended, Luke Cavanagh, who is Hollie’s older brother and a TSB contributor, wrote a wonderful piece about what it’s like to watch your baby sister on the national television spotlight. Read and enjoy by clicking here.

Town Square Buzz is looking back at the most newsworthy events of 2012 with our top-10 countdown that runs from Dec. 22-31. The complete list, with links included, will be included at the bottom of every story in case you miss one and would like to go back to it.

TSB’s Top News Stories of 2012

10. New Bike Lanes Approved

9. Hank’s Texas Grill Goes To-to-Toe with the City

8. Gateway Projects Gets Green Light to Proceed

7. McKinney Hits the Polls, but First One Resident Defaces, Steals Signs

6. McKinney’s Original High School Opens Spiffy, Refurbished Digs

5. Collin County Regional Airport Opens New Runway, Celebrates First Flight

4. McKinney Chiropractor Charged in Fifth Sexual Assault Case

3. Hollie Cavanagh’s “American Idol” Run Puts McKinney in National Spotlight

2. Coming Sunday, Dec. 30




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