Hollie Cavanagh turned a corner. We’re not sure exactly why it took her so long to make such a magical impact on the 11th season of American Idol. Last night the McKinney teen did just that with performances of Tina Turner‘s “River Deep Mountain High” and “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis.
It really has been a roller coaster for Hollie this season. She came into the live shows on Idol as a favorite, with an amazing voice that was almost always right on. But she lacked a little bit of the stage presence of some of the other competitors like Skylar Laine and Phillip Phillips.
The judges got on Hollie a little bit for her lack of emotional connection with the songs and Hollie fell into the bottom three on multiple occasions, but was never eliminated.
Last night the contestants took on a hit from the 60’s and a British Pop hit. Hollie started with “River Deep Mountain High” and showed off her amazing voice and the personality that we knew she has. The judges praised her performance.
“It was a different type of Hollie out there tonight,” Jennifer Lopez said. “I could really feel you.”
Randy Jackson got confirmation from Steven Tyler and J-Lo that they loved her performance before confirming, “I loved it too.”
For her second song Hollie took on the more recent hit from Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love”. A different pace than her first song Hollie sat atop the piano that accompanied her and sang every piece of this song with feeling.
Near the end of the arrangement Hollie nailed a long sustaining note while backup singers sang the melody and it was so good you could hear the audience want to burst into applause right there.
“You’ve been a dark horse all season,” Randy Jackson said after the performance. “But I’m telling you something: You’re two for two tonight.”