'American Idol' Recap: Hollie Cavanagh Struggles Most With 'From This Decade' Week

Wed, April 11, 2012 10:03pm EDT by 37 Comments
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The Top 7 finally had the chance to do songs from the last three years, which you would think would give zero excuse for the Idol hopefuls to actually pick a good song! Unfortunately, it looks like some of them didn’t get the memo… especially Hollie Cavanagh!

The American Idol hopefuls had this entire decade to pick some awesome and epic songs, but out of so many monster hits like Lady Gaga‘s “You And I” how were Kellie Pickler‘s “You Don’t Know How Much I Loved You” and Jazmine Sullivan‘s “Stuttering” some of the options? Regardless, some of the bad song choices led to good performances!

Skylar Laine: Skylar performed “You Don’t Know How Much I Loved You” by Kellie Pickler. While she made waves last week, she was given the dreaded opening spot of the show — which is never a good sign. But for a song that not even Kellie Pickler knows, she did it justice. That said, it was easily Skylar’s best performance of the entire season. The judges agreed and it looks like we have a serious threat on the American Idol stage that may have the potential to be one of the final two. Even with all of that, I think she’ll be in the bottom three — but if she continues to stay in the zone, she’ll be safe for a few more weeks!

Colton Dixon: Colton performed, “Love The Way You Lie” by Skylar Grey. The one to beat is Colton Dixon and tonight he did pretty damn good job. People remember this song with what Eminem and Rihanna did with it. Colton made it his own (he still should have picked a better song), but he is miles away from going home. He should be in the final two for sure. No questions asked!

Jessica Sanchez: Jessica performed, “Stuttering” by Jazmine Sullivan. You’re telling me out of the last few years this is the only song she could have picked? Seriously? I know I have gotten some heat from Jessica’s fans — but try to explain to me this song choice!  It was just an awful song selection. She’s 16, why not do a song people have heard of and Jessica can have fun with? First three songs of the night have been terrible picks and performed drastically different. Her voice stuck out and was very good, but the song is boring and by the end of the performance, I was waiting for it to end. The judges loved it and said it was probably one of her better performances to date. I agree with Jennifer Lopez that she should mix it up and give us something different. If not she’ll end up the next Pia Toscano, voted off and forgotten forever.

Joshua Ledet: Joshua performed “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars. This wasn’t one of Bruno’s biggest hits, but a decent song, nonetheless. This didn’t show off Joshua’s voice, but it was nice to see something different from him. I think that he’ll be safe, but will find himself in the bottom three. The judges loved it and love Joshua. However, the real question might be what’s the deal with his relationship with his Dad? That was a very awkward moment toward the end of his performance. He should be commended for trying something different. Not the best and not the worst.

Hollie Cavanagh: Hollie performed “Perfect” by P!nk. Well, we found the person who will be in the bottom three and probably will go home. She never told the story that the song actually is meant to deliver. She just sang the song and didn’t tell the story. And then when the judges told her she was beautiful, you just knew it was over. If Hollie survives this week, it will be a miracle. It just wasn’t Idol material.

Phillip Phillips: Phillip performed “Give A Little More” by Maroon 5 and did the same thing he does every single week. It continues to work for him and he is in no way in trouble. He performed way better than last week, but here we go again with a song that nobody really knows at all. And then — in the biggest surprise of the night, that the judges were not wowed at all. I can’t believe it; the judges who don’t judge actually judged something correctly and possibly made Phillip do something completely different next week. Even the front runners need a reality check. And Phillip may have finally gotten his wake-up call.

Elise Testone: Elise performed “You And I” by Lady Gaga. Elise is obviously a favorite with the show’s producers and judges, who are basically having to do anything to keep her on the show. Her performance wasn’t bad but should have never seen the last spot of the night. It just wasn’t strong enough. It wasn’t a highlight of the night at all. She should be thankful that Hollie was so bad. However, if anything happens, it’s obvious the judges will save her — even if America votes her out.

So Hollywoodlifers, who will be in the bottom three and will this be the week that the judges use their save? Sound off below!

Russ Weakland


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gbtw

Posted at 2:03 PM on April 12, 2012  

russ, i think you’re way off base this week. and, you’re insane if you think that colton can win this thing or even be in the final 2. it ain’t happenin. period. you need to come to grips with that! (tho, i am joyfully anticipating your write-up from the day after he is cut!) do you have any idea who the ai voters are? they picked SCOTTY MCREARY last season… they picked some kid i cannot even remember- oh yah, kris allen (?) over adam lambert. i mean, c’mon! they aren’t going to be into some skinny legged mullett/mohawked indie trailer trash rocker… wake up! personally, i didn’t enjoy his performance at all last night. very meh to me. song didn’t speak to me, and his look hurts my eyes. also, the thing he does with his voice, wish i knew the terminology, where it sort of cracks switching from low to high— he does it too much. it’s too forced and gimmicky and comes across as such. not saying he’s bad, but for those of us not into his style, he is the one we fast forward through- NOT JESSICA SANCHEZ! so, re jessica— yes, they have to pick a song the audience knows, but they also have to pick a song they think speaks to who they are as an artist. if she doesn’t see herself as lady gaga, that’s okay! jessica is interesting and can take a song that nobody knows, and make us want to hear it— although apparently you disagree. i actually liked it, liked her connection to it, and didn’t got what you got from jennifer’s comments (tho i’ve misunderstood steven’s heejun comments before, so maybe i am wrong here, too!). what i got from jennifer is that jessica is a phenom, and to win this thing she needs to keep her climb going upward and take the audience on an emotional journey. not that she’s not doing it already, but that she needs to keep going up the mountain. i didn’t take it as a “you’re boring the audience” kind of thing- as was the case with philip. i think philip and hollie should be the next two to go, and i think elise will be right with them. i like elise, but i don’t think she’s american idol winner material… didn’t like her song choice at all, and didn’t like her performance or outfit. very karaoke to me, and didn’t seem to scream elise to me. she needs to put a joplin old school rock element into all she does, or else she’s a big yawner. looking at MY final four, skylar, jessica, joshua, and colton— maybe i shouldn’t count colton so far out. b/c i don’t think the audience is going to be as in to joshua as the judges are… and i don’t know if jessica has the audience either. i think she’s so damn good that she’s getting votes in spite of the fact that she’s not really someone the tweens are going to vote for… does she have the latin vote? is there a hip-hop vote, and if so, does she have it? i don’t know. in my mind, ai will be yawn if jessica doesn’t go all the way to the end. she’s the only one who is INTERESTING. i like skylar b/c i like country and she is a good performer, but it’s not all that unique… joshua, love his voice, but his performances always leave me a touch wanting. i would like to see genuine emotion from him- and i think we only got a glimpse of it, once.

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maya

Posted at 10:42 PM on May 4, 2012  

whoever wrote that comment is either blind,death, and crazy because colton is one of the best singers on the show and if you dont like that you can go suck on something and trashy excuse me he is cute,has great style, and his hair is always looking great. your just saying that cause your jealous and dont know a good voice when you hear it, and a great looking guy when you see one. so dot bring him down and if your judgingha i wanna hear you sing…..nevermind ( you probaly cant sing anyways)

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Neetie

Posted at 12:09 PM on April 12, 2012  

Hollie, Philip and Joshua – should be bottom three. Hollie sang out of tune that whole song. She sings well, but her voice is forgettable.

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herms

Posted at 12:08 PM on April 12, 2012  

I really believe that the judges were putting in America to vote off Hollie. They don’t like her. Her singing last night was better than the previous 2 times.

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gbtw

Posted at 2:10 PM on April 12, 2012  

she’s boring and doesn’t get that it isn’t about her voice at this point. the judges like her, and don’t want to be mean to a sweet little girl, so what are they going to say? they all told her it isn’t about being perfect- but nobody wants to tell her she’s just too damn boring. you know how stars sometimes are ruined once life gets too good for them- that’s hollie. she’s lucky life has been so good to her and she has such a great family. maybe she should be doing bubble gum pop or something? but i think she could have a voice to do ballads like celine, she just doesn’t have the emotional maturity to make them believable.

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yelo

Posted at 9:59 AM on April 12, 2012  

I believe Hollie is awesome tonight. I agree with Jim that she just lacks experience. Probably she’s just a little tense when being rated but if you’ll notice her singing with others (where she can do it naturally) she really sings well and she has a good voice especially tonight with Kelly Clarkson’s What Doesn’t Kill You.

Can’t get the problem of judges with her especially Tyler (you can see it in their face)tonight. Maybe their too old to ride with new talents lol… Hollie does not deserve to be at bottom 3 this week.

Colton and Jessica remains awesome. Whatta good version of Love the way you lie.

Question: Should you really be always telling a story to sing well? I don’t think many popular songs are like that. They just sounds great and moving.

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Lisa

Posted at 9:06 AM on April 12, 2012  

They are all great singers, but, I think the attitude is as well importnat, Jessica has aquired an ego with a big head, I think either Colton or Phillip will win, not that they are not great, but because they are the young cute guys that the young girls want to see

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gbtw

Posted at 2:39 PM on April 12, 2012  

are young girls into colton’s kind of look??? or even philips boring look? i don’t actually think so. i think deandre was probably the only one that was getting the ‘just for looks’ vote- and even that didn’t save him. i’m shocked that anyone would think jessica is behaving with a big head. i don’t think any of them are, but especially not jessica. she always behaves like a professional and listens to all suggestions from her mentors and the judges. she has to portray confidence on the stage, but she is by no means a diva off of it. strongly disagree.

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juicy

Posted at 11:24 PM on May 4, 2012  

Young girls LOVE colton’s looks and think that Philip is hot!

 
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Ed

Posted at 7:24 AM on April 12, 2012  

Jessica Sanchez did not get the standing ovation from the judges but she did get it ‘big time’ from the audience which i think was spontaneous. Even the audience’s ecstatic reaction while she’s singing is awesome. The standing ovation from the crowd weighs greater than the three judges’, which seemed like a late reaction, it even looked like, a… well, almost not wholeheartedly given.

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olemanbob

Posted at 6:29 AM on April 12, 2012  

I am totally amazed that you can get paid for writing this review? How you can possibly quote that Pia Toscano is forgotten forever!?With her most anticipated debut album of 2012 about to be released,As a 71+yr old, I wish I could tell Jimmy Iovine,that after finding Pia Toscano, he is going to have to wait another 100 yrs or so to find a voice and talent like hers again.I’ve watched American Idol all 11 seasons, I’ve watched these music reality spinoff shows, and folks, Pia Toscano is the cream of the crop!! When she was booted from Idol,it showed just how much this show has fallen.You would think that after dropping talents like Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry,the brains of the show would have changed the voting system so that the cute boys who have NO singing talent always win.You and all the idol beat writers in the next few years will be eating crow if you don’t jump on the Pia Toscano bandwagon now with her debut album about to get a release date Oh, and what has improved my life is I follow her on twitter @piatoscano. America has seen the greats over the years with Whitney,Mariah,Celine,and further back to the days of Barbara Streisand and Aretha Franklin all who have become legends and Pia Toscano in years to come will be joining that field of legends

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gbtw

Posted at 2:15 PM on April 12, 2012  

it’s sweet that you love pia so much, but she was boring to many of us. she seems like a nice girl that should have a nice career… just not necessarily a carrie underwood type of career. i don’t think pia is pop material, the same way deandre was not pop material… they will be very good with their niche audience, whatever audience that is.

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juicy

Posted at 11:27 PM on May 4, 2012  

What season was Pia from i don’t really remember her. Easily forgettable.

 
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pnoi

Posted at 4:28 AM on April 12, 2012  

that wasn’t my favorite song for jessica, but i can’t say it was something of a standing ovation. to be honest the others had me surprised..hollie didn’t have feelings on that song like the judges said.

but colton, phillip, elise and skylar surprised me too. most specially joshua..

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Rhonda

Posted at 3:19 AM on April 12, 2012  

I am so mad!!!! Hollie was AWESOME tonight. The best on the show by far. For some reason they just ignore her. It is soooo obvious who their favorites are. The favoritism is awful. They can’t seem to get enough of the Miranda Lambert wannabe, Shyler Laine. She is awful! I won’t be watching Idol anymore. It is really really boring this year. And the ratings are suffering because of it.

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Jess

Posted at 1:58 AM on April 12, 2012  

Colton should make it to the Final Two, and win!

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gbtw

Posted at 2:35 PM on April 12, 2012  

yuck. i hate to even look at him with that skinny little body and prickly face/head. not a fan of his music, either, or some of his voice gimmicks. i understand this is a personal opinion of mine, and others disagree, but just letting you know there are those of us who STRONGLY disagree!

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bunnygirl

Posted at 10:59 PM on May 4, 2012  

IF I knew what you looked like i would say the same to you! Colton is sooooooooooooooooooo cute! I am one of those who STRONGLY disagree!

 
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Michelle

Posted at 12:56 AM on April 12, 2012  

I thought Hollie was good, But she is no American Idol!

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cate

Posted at 3:55 AM on April 12, 2012  

Hollie was good def. not great!

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Paige

Posted at 12:38 AM on April 12, 2012  

I freaking love Hollie. I don’t think she did bad at all, I hope she don’t go home. Get josh & Elise out of there.. & Jessica’s attitude is so blah. BBChez? Srslyyyyyyy?

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Lynn

Posted at 1:34 AM on April 12, 2012  

I like Elise a whole lot better than any of the other girls. But I agree that Jessica and Josh need to go. They are so overrated and BORING!

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I'm right

Posted at 1:52 AM on April 12, 2012  

You must be deaf or foolish. You show that you know nothing of what makes a great singer.

 
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gbtw

Posted at 2:22 PM on April 12, 2012  

i fear you’re right about josh. his voice is phenomenal, but he’s only a touch above hollie to me. i think he has emotion in him, but he has stamped it down for so long we aren’t going to see him bring it up for us on this show. i think he needs to bring some tears to make this thing happen for him. as for jessica, i strongly disagree. i think her bbchez thing is RIDICULOUS, but i am always interested to see what she’s going to do. hate her styling tho… that dress last night, and the white get-up… unh-uh. no. somebody needs to have an intervention with her. sick of the hair slung to one side, too. seriously, someone needs to step in with her a little bit more. i know it’s supposed to be her choice, but she’s really missing some marks.

 
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gbtw

Posted at 2:19 PM on April 12, 2012  

yes hollie sang well, but she isn’t very believable. i can’t even think of a song i’d believe her on… sorry. she needs to find whatever strongest emotion she has in her life right now, and pick a song to match… maybe she could do a song about her crush on joshua? THAT would be believable. unfortunately, it’s too late tho- she’s going home tonight (unless elise beats her to the punch).

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David Hafner

Posted at 11:49 PM on April 11, 2012  

I seriously disagree with Hollie being so unfairly trashed for a 2nd time in a row. What happened? Maybe Steven Tyler’s sexual comments or advances towards her aren’t working so he’s decided to trash her performances as punishment? Wake up people and really listen and decide for yourself without the judges tainted comments swaying you! Usually I watch and do nothing. I haven’t voted in the past but Hollie had my vote tonight. Steven Tyler you don’t belong on TV let alone on a decent TV show like American Idol. Anyone know where I can vote Steven Tyler off American Idol?

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gbtw

Posted at 2:25 PM on April 12, 2012  

it’s not about her voice. that’s why two of them told her it isn’t about being perfect. it’s about the fact that nobody believes what she is saying. she doesn’t connect to her songs or make you believe she’s feeling the emotions supposed to be conveyed by the words. she’s a naive sweet little girl… maybe she should do something from the flower child era about loving each other, peace love and happiness, that kind of thing. but that wouldn’t probably go with her celine style voice… so, i dunno.

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omg!

Posted at 1:47 AM on April 14, 2012  

When you have as many fans as Steven Tyler or even make as much money as he has then I think you might have a right to criticize him other wise stop showing your ignorance!

As for Hollie that girl singing is pitchy and she sings with no heart or soul! She should have been booted off a long time ago!

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jennifer

Posted at 11:08 PM on April 11, 2012  

hollie, joshua, phillip bottom 3 with hollie going home.

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gbtw

Posted at 2:26 PM on April 12, 2012  

i think elise will be in josh’s spot on your roster. she’s always struggled with votes and her performance was very meh last night.

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Brian

Posted at 11:08 PM on April 11, 2012  

Seriously. Hollie was the worst tonight? You are about as deaf in that same ear as Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Its been like 3 weeks in a row that Hollie has done better than half of the other remaining contestants only to be given negative criticism by the judges. Yet Skylar who tonite screwed up the duet majorly got praise once again. It hurt my ears to listen to her sing Kelly Clarkson (twice). You know who the judges favorites are, but who the hell really cares what the judges think at this point?? Its Americas opinion, not the judges, not only me, not only you, America as a whole. And if you think Hollie is horrible, just wait and see how many records someone who is so under-talented like Elise or Skylar sell. I’d bet my life savings Hollie will outsell both of them and maybe even Phil Phillips, all put together!

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Ryan

Posted at 12:36 AM on April 12, 2012  

Brian what are you on man? Hollie will never sell more records than Phillip. He will sell more in a month than she does her whole life. Bottom 3: Hollie, Skylar, and Elise. Hollie goes home this week with no save by the judges.

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Heather

Posted at 1:30 AM on April 12, 2012  

Totally agree. Although I’d trade out Jessica and keep Hollie another week. I don’t get the hype with the over singers like Jessica and Joshua. Snoozefest to me! Give me someone with some originality!

 
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gbtw

Posted at 2:27 PM on April 12, 2012  

you think hollie is more original than jessica?!?!?! hunh?!?!?!

 
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Rhonda

Posted at 3:30 AM on April 12, 2012  

BRIAN…

I could not agree with you more! You are spot on. Poor Hollie, I feel terrible for her. She is so sweet and has a great voice! She’s so under-rated. She will sell more records than the rest put together! Schyler has absolutely no talent. She tries to imitate Miranda Lambert by stomping her feet and singing her music! What a joke. She needs to go home, now. Next she will be trying out for The Voice and sing one of Miranda’s songs in the audition in hopes Blake Shelton with turn his chair around!

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gbtw

Posted at 2:31 PM on April 12, 2012  

hahaha… omg, funny. you’re missing some key concepts tho, i think. one, scotty mcreary won last year. that should tell you something about the ai voters- they like country music. skylar’s voice is much different from hollie’s, and probably not quite as good, but it’s really apples and oranges. i’m not sure if hollie’s voice could sing skylar’s songs? second point, after the fact that ai voters like country voices, all audiences want a singer who shows emotion and makes them feel that they actually wrote those words and felt those things. hollie can’t do that. she can sing well, but she isn’t believable. that said, i wish her the best and hope she keeps at it… she could be another celine dion in my opinion. i’m not a celine fan, but a lot of people are.

 
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Juicy

Posted at 11:31 PM on May 4, 2012  

RHONDA…

Colton WILL make more albums than Hollie in a heartbeat! He already has 2 people that wish to work with him! How many does Hollie have?…. NONE!!!!

 
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