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12 May 11 Upcoming Concert Will Have a Taste of American Idol

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American Idol is coming to north Texas – sort of.

Idol contestant and McKinney Boyd High School student Hollie Cavanagh has been chosen to sing the National Anthem to kick off the 2011 Smiles Charity Concert on May 29 at 5pm.

“I am very excited to sing at the Smiles Charity Concert because the soldiers benefitting from this year’s aid have done so much to keep our country safe, and risked their lives to allow me to follow my dreams. So I think it’s amazing we can give back to them and I’m honored Smiles asked me to be a part of it,” she said.

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arity has worked this year to build homes for soldiers in need following their return to the United States. The annual concert is designed as a thank you for everyone who has helped during the past year, and to help bring awareness to their cause.

Holly has loved music since she was 12 and sang in a middle school talent show. Last summer, she decided to chase her dream and try out for the hit Fox show. Out of hundreds of thousands of Idol hopefuls, she made the Top 40.

Hollie’s departure from American Idol did not discourage her. Rather, she left very hopeful. Judge Jennifer Lopez recommended she come back to the show when she said, “You can come back and win – that’s how good you are.”

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