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American Idol’s Hollie Cavanagh: Why Jennifer Lopez Is My Inspiration

Fri, May 11, 2012 1:12pm EDT by Add first Comment
Hollie Cavanagh Eliminated

Hollie may be out of the running to become the next ‘Idol,’ but she tells she left the show inspired, not defeated. Read on to find out why!

Hollie Cavanagh sadly didn’t make the Top 3 on American Idol on May 10. The 18-year-old isn’t letting the elimination get her down, though! She told all about how judge Jennifer Lopez’s sexy performance on the show gave her motivation.

“I honestly thought it was amazing, I think of it as a inspiration because she dominates the stage,” Hollie says about J.Lo’s steamy Idol number with her backup dancer beau, Casper Smart. “Nobody can touch her and she will do what she will do and people are going to love it. I look up to that because that is what I need to learn as a artist.”

As for Hollie’s predictions about who will be crowned the next Idol, she’s surprisingly not convinced the title will go to her BFF Josh Ledet!

“At this point, I am exactly with America,” she says. “I have no idea.”

As for Josh’s feelings about that?

“He would probably agree,” Hollie says. He sits there every week and I’ll be like ‘Your performance was amazing’ and he’ll be like ‘you never know’ and I say it to Jessica and she says ‘you never know” and I say it to Phillip [and he says] ‘you never know.’ America’s sitting there like ‘Oh, I don’t know who’s going to win’ and the judges are sitting there saying that and I’m here saying that. You honestly don’t know but the top 3 are amazing so whoever wins it’s going to be an amazing finale.”

We agree! The American Idol summer tour with top 10 contestants kicks off July 6, and Hollie says she’s already thought about who she’d love to perform with!

“There’s a lot of songs that I’d like to perform,” she says. “I’d like to do mine and DeAndre’s ‘I’m So Excited’ just because I’ve always wanted to do a duet with DeAndre [Brackensick] and then I got the chance… So I would like to do that again. It was really fun. Maybe do a duet with Skylar [Laine] or Josh [Ledet] or something like that, that would be a lot of fun. I think that everyone is so different that even people like me and Jessica [Sanchez] we are such big singers and small, we are still different. I’m more of the pop side and she is more of the full on R & B Soul. So I think that once the tour comes around I think all of that thinking will go out the window. So if we crack on a note people will be thinking that it was the best cracked note they ever heard. Its going to be fun and enjoyable.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Who do you think Hollie should do a duet with on the American Idol tour?

–Reporting by Russ Weakland

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