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American Idol takes on Queen: Will Hollie Cavanagh go home next? (+video)

American Idol featured the songs of Queen Wednesday. Hollie Cavanagh struggled, but rebounded with her second song. Will American Idol voters send her home?

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 For the second song, Elise went a little quieter with “Bold As Love” by Jimi Hendrix. She looked and sounded comfortable with the song, but Steven said he was afraid the song choice was too obscure. (He likened the process of choosing songs to something about picking cherries with your back turned, another Steven Tyler simile with a meaning known only to its author.)

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 Jennifer disagreed, but Randy said, “I did not love that.” Jennifer expressed her disagreement with Randy's dissenting opinion as well by repeatedly yelling, “No!”

 Phillip Phillips chose Queen's “Fat-Bottomed Girls,” which his gravelly voice sounded great on – and he took a risk with the a cappella beginning of the song, which he delivered with the backup singers.

Steven put on what appeared to be his reading glasses to check his notes in the middle of the song but told Phillip, “It was beautiful. Great choice of song.” Randy was less won over. “I don’t know if it was ‘Oh my God,’ but it was good,” he said.

 Next, Phillip took on the Dave Matthews Band song “The Stone” for his personal selection, which featured a female violinist who distractingly danced along to the right of him for most of it, and his vocals sounded fine. The song was low-key, and Jennifer said she thought the song was a little too artsy. “It was a little too obscure,” she said. “I just feel like [choosing the right] song is so important.”

 But Steven and Randy both thought the song was perfect. “I love that you take chances,” the former Aerosmith singer said. “I think you found the niche.”

 Hollie Cavanagh picked Queen's “Save Me," which she delivered in an intensely shiny red pantsuit. It was fine, but she seemed a little overpowered by the backup singers, and the judges were lukewarm about it. “I want to see you enjoy it more,” Jennifer told her. Randy said she needed a “moment” like all the other contestants to prove why she needs to win.

 Hollie had the only real roller-coaster performances; while the first seemed less successful, her take on Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” got the judges on their feet for the first time for Hollie. “Hollie is back!” Randy said. “Perfect song for you.”

Will Hollie's second song be enough to save her this week? Hollie still seems like an underdog. If Jennifer was right, Phillip’s second song choice may have alienated some viewers, and Elise’s quieter second song may have lost her some momentum as well. Who will American Idol voters send home Thursday night? From most to least likely, :

  1. Hollie Cavanagh
  2. Phillip Phillips
  3. Elise Testone

 Who would you send home? 

[Editor's Note: The original post gave the incorrect lyrics to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It's been corrected. ]


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