Hollie Cavanagh survived another week of American Idol, even though the Fox TV show's judges were apparently shocked and angry with America's voting decisions.
Host Ryan Seacrest announced late in Thursday night's live broadcast that Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Elise Testone were in the bottom three, leaving Hollie and three of the other seven finalists "safe."
"In 11 seasons of doing this show I"ve never seen this happen," judge Randy Jackson said. "This is a ridiculous bottom three, America. They got it so wrong tonight, so wrong."
Sanchez was the lowest vote getter, but the judges marched onto the stage in protest and used their one "save" of the season, interrupting her "sing-for-her-life" song and telling her that she is staying. So none of the seven finalists went home this week.
"This is one of the best singers in America -- ever," Jackson said, pleading with the viewers whom he'd just told were wrong in their musical taste. "Please vote for the best. It's about finding the best."
The judges were lukewarm in their praise of Holly, an 18-year-old McKinney native, on Wednesday night after she performed "Perfect" by Pink. And Idol coach Jimmy Iovine was typically even harsher than that when his taped interview about the 2011 McKinney Boyd graduate aired on Thursday.
"Hollie learned a lot of habits that are making her feel stiff and calculated," Iovine said. "Hollie sounded contrite, stiff and just not in the right place."
Iovine said Hollie should be among the bottom three, in fact.
But Hollie's co-contestants thought the judges were unfair to her Wednesday. If you missed our linked story to their feedback, click here.
American Idol resumes next Wednesday with live performances.