HOLLIE CAVANAGH SEES GROWTH WITH ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ JOURNEY

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Hollie Cavanagh exceeded expectations on American Idol, as she made it to the top four and went out on a high note, delivering a stirring performance of “The Climb.”  During her exit song, Cavanagh moved across the stage to thank her fellow Idols Joshua Ledet (visibly teary during Cavanagh’s elimination), Jessica Sanchez, and Phillip Phillips, as well as the judges.

Reserved during the early rounds of the competition, Cavanagh’s confidence grew over the past several weeks.  Unfortunately, it was her uneven rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” which eventually sent her home.

Cavanagh remained upbeat, as she expressed her anticipation for the future.  “I’m so excited for the tour and even for the finale,” says Cavanagh.  “All of us will be back together, we’ll all be singing with each other.   And the tour is going to be just crazy.  All ten of us together, it’s going to be a lot of fun and a great show.”

Hollie Cavanagh talks about her “growth” during the American Idol process:

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SKYLAR LAINE REMAINS “UPBEAT” AFTER ‘AMERICAN IDOL’

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Country singer Skylar Laine, whose take no prisoners approach to performing is one of this season’s American Idol highlights, was eliminated from the competition last night, leaving Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, and Jessica Sanchez as the final four.

“(Finishing) fifth in American Idol,” says Laine, who is pulling for her two closest friends in the competition, Joshua Ledet and Hollie Cavanagh.  “I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.  It’s crazy.  I’m really happy for whoever wins and I hope that they have a long career and I hope I have a long career.”

As she prepares for the upcoming Idol summer tour, Laine adds that she would love to have a brief break to recharge her batteries:

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‘AMERICAN IDOL’ ELIMINATION: ELISE TESTONE SEES ROCK AS HER “WHEELHOUSE”

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Even though Steven Tyler said she “found her stride” this week, and Jennifer Lopez loved her rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold as Love,” rocker Elise Testone was eliminated this week on American Idol.

The good news is Testone found her voice through the American Idol process, and she exceeded expectations by making it to the top 6 (Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine rounded out the bottom three).

“It became a little more clear that rock and roll is better for me,” says Testone, who sang Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ as her exit song.  “It’s definitely my wheelhouse.  So that was a great thing for me to figure out.  It was always hard for me to choose because I love so many genres, and I love so much music.  So that helped a lot.”

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Top Dawg Randy Jackson Talks ‘American Idol’ Legacy

american-idol-logoAiring on Fox-TV, AMERICAN IDOL continues the brutal elimination of hopeful contestants on the latest season of what has become the country’s favorite talent competition. Featuring judges RANDY JACKSON, STEVEN TYLER and JENNIFER LOPEZ along with host RYAN SEACREST, the series seemed to be struggling through its first few “audition” episodes but, now that the Top Ten is being whittled away, it appears to be stronger than ever. The first of this generation’s televised talent contests, AMERICAN IDOL has spawned countless imitators, but has always managed to stay ahead of the pack. During our recent phone interview with JACKSON, he talked about how he hopes people will look back at the show after its gone. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

AMERICAN IDOL airs Wednesday and Thursday on Fox-TV.

‘AMERICAN IDOL’ SAYS GOODBYE TO JOKESTER HEEJUN HAN

heejun5 Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially since Heejun Han and his one-liners are gone from American Idol (until at least the finale), as he was this week’s eliminated singer.

Han endeared himself to viewers with his dry wit (the “mostly water” comment to Ryan Seacrest is my personal favorite), his rivalry with “cowboy” Richie Law, and his close knit friendship with Phillip Phillps, who’s one of the remaining Top 8 Idols.

Drawing the ire of Jimmy Iovine and even Steven Tyler also was amusing, but after his highly bashed rendition of Billy Joel’s “My Life” last week, the writing was on the wall.  Even Wednesday night’s heartfelt performance of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You,” which Elliott Yamin absolutely killed during his season, couldn’t reverse the inevitable.  If only Han switched out “My Life” and performed a Joel song more suitable to his voice (“Lullabye – Goodnight My Angel” would have been perfect), maybe Hollie Cavanagh or Skylar Laine (they joined Han as this week’s bottom three) would have packed their bags.

Still a novice singer, Han may not have the most talented voice of the bunch (that honor goes to Jessica Sanchez), but his sense of humor and overall unpredictability will serve him well in the entertainment industry.  Plus, he’s part of the American Idol summer tour, so it’s definitely not the end of his Idol world.  Heck, I’d love some a Heejun Han/Phillip Phillips reality show about two guys making it post-American Idol.  Maybe even throw in the “cowboy” for good measure.

On Wednesday, April 4th, the top eight finalists will perform songs from the 1980s.

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ERIKA VAN PELT EXITS ‘AMERICAN IDOL,’ NINE SINGERS LEFT STANDING

erikav A drastic, unexpected fashion makeover may have wowed the judges, but America still sent Erika Van Pelt packing tonight on American IdolVan Pelt, who sang the signature Billy Joel tune “New York State of Mind” this week, performed the Whitney Houston tune “I Believe In You And Me” as her last chance song, but the judges decided not to save her.

Rounding out the bottom three were DeAndre Brackensick and Heejun Han, whose unfettered rendition of “My Life” stands as one of this season’s more surreal, and possibly cringe worthy, moments.

After the show, Randy Jackson talked about the key ingredients behind American Idol’s success and longevity:

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