Hollie Cavanagh (born July 5, 1993 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England) is a British-born American singer but now lives in McKinney, Texas. She is one of the Top 13 finalists on the eleventh season of American Idol 2012.
Cavanagh was born in Liverpool to Lorraine and Peter Cavanagh, hailed from the Liverpudlian suburb Allerton, in England, and moved to the United States in 2002. Cavanagh is a fan of Liverpool F.C., attended St Austin’s Primary School in Aigburth and graduated from McKinney Boyd High School in 2011.
Cavanagh originally auditioned for American Idol Season 10 in Austin, Texas, but was cut in the Green Mile round (Top 40). Jennifer Lopez told her that she thought she could come back and win the whole thing by practicing and improving her singing.
Months later, Cavanagh got a second chance for American Idol Season 11 and auditioned in Houston, Texas. She was only shown in the Green Mile round with fellow American Idol contestants, Shelby Tweten and Ariel Sprague. She sang "Change" by Carrie Underwood in the Sing For Your Life round and was given positive feedback by the judges.
In the semi-finals, she sang "Reflection" by Christina Aguilera and then become one of the top five female vote getters - advancing her to the Top 13. After a rough middle patch in the competition, Hollie made her comeback in the second Top 7 show, performing "Rolling In the Deep" by Adele. She remarked in a later interview that she felt her strongest performances came when she stopped relying so much on the feedback of others and trusted her gut. Following her strongest weeks in the competition, Hollie ended her American Idol journey with a respectable fourth place finish.
Hollie will be joining the other Idols in Season 11's Top 10 for their summer tour, which kicks off on July 6th, 2012 in Detroit, MI.
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