Hollie Cavanaugh is officially out of “American Idol.” The 18-year-old hopeful was cast out of the final four on Thursday night, after Wednesday’s solo performance was less than impressive for both viewers and judges.
Wednesday Saw Cavanagh perform Journey’s “Faithfully,” and Bonnie Rait’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” a song which proved prophetic to Thursday’s results.
Hollie’s first song of the night was met with approval, as Idol judge Randy Jackson told her she “did him proud” with the beautiful rendition.
The judges were less than impressed with the second song, however. Even her mentor, Jimmy Lovine, told her she “crashed and burned.” J.Lo, notorious for being incredibly generous to the show’s contestants, told Hollie that she had “a little too much vibrato,” and her vocals were “off.”
Jennifer Lopez performed her new song, “Dance Again” before the results were read, and also said of the contest that:
“This is a real journey. This is not an easy show for these kids. For me, that’s why I feel so much when I’m watching you, all of you, not just Hollie.”
Hollie Cavanagh then closed out the show by performing her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” She remained composed through the performance, while contestant Joshua Ledet wept.
The three remaining contestants are gospel singer Joshua Ledet, 20, of Westlake, Louisiana; bluesy Phillip Phillips, 21, a pawn shop worker from Leesburg, Georgia; and pop diva hopeful Jessica Sanchez, 16, of San Diego, California. The remaining contestants will spend time at home in the coming week, before next week’s performance.
Check out Hollie Cavanagh singing Pink’s “Perfect” here: