American Idol contestant Hollie Cavanagh will be recognized in a community celebration in the future, the City of McKinney announced Friday.
And, Cavanagh will appear in concert as part of the American Idol Live tour that launches in July and includes a July 29 stop in Dallas
McKinney residents were disappointed when Cavanagh was sent home from the show Thursday night as the number of contestants was whittled to three.
If she had continued on the show, American Idol crews planned to visit McKinney this weekend to document her homecoming. City officials had been working behind the scenes to firm up plans for a parade and a concert.
Instead, festivities will be planned at a later date to welcome Cavanagh home and celebrate her Top 4 run.
"This has been a long journey for Hollie and her friends," said Russell Fleming of Princeton. "We look forward to seeing her and where her singing career will take her. Yes, she did better than the other three and we all know that. (I) hope that the City of McKinney will bring our American Idol Star home in style."
Fans who would like to catch Cavanagh in concert may do so as the American Idol Live tour gets under way July 6 in Detroit. On July 29, the tour is scheduled to stop at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Tickets went on sale Friday. Visit www.americanidol.com/tour for more information.
Cavanagh's fans continued to inundate her Facebook page and the blogosphere with their well wishes Friday.
"You were my pick all along, Hollie," wrote Gregory Chamberland. "You truly are a fantastic singer! Keep up the good work. I expect to hear good things about you."
Fan Kerry Herman wrote, "I love you so much, you are my favorite!! I'm going to miss you soooo much. There's no point in watching it anymore without you."
Another fan, Rob Wilson, posted, "You have the best voice of any of those singers. You will be very sucessful in your career, and I'm going to be very proud to buy your albums. So get out there, and get all the Holliepops some awesome music!!!"
In McKinney, fans who know Cavanagh and her family were sad that the talented singer was sent home -- but proud of how well Cavanagh did overall and how well she represented McKinney.
"Although I am sad and really wanted Hollie to come home for the McKinney celebration, I am beyond proud of her," Shawne Pope Hoisington said in an email interview. "She has a beautiful voice, and I know she will be successful! Some producer will be contacting her very soon, I have no doubt."
On Wednesday night, Hoisington joined hundreds of fans at the McKinney Performing Arts Center to watch the American Idol broadcast. Cavanagh performed Journey's "Faithfully" and Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" as part of the Top 4 competition.
The American Idol judges raved over Cavanagh's rendition of "Faithfully" but were less than enthusiastic about her second song. Her fans disagreed with the judges Wednesday night, as they did at other points during the lengthy competition.
"Hollie hung in there through some really unfair criticism from the judges, and came out stronger and more confident," Hoisington said.
After Cavanagh learned that she was eliminated from the competition, she belted out a powerful rendition of Miley Cyrus' inspirational hit "The Climb."
"She sang her final song with such class. I had tears rolling down my face, as did everyone else in the room," Hoisington said. "They were not just tears of sadness, but also tears of pride and hopefulness for what lies ahead for this beautiful young woman from McKinney.
"Keep your head up, Hollie Cavanagh, you ARE fantastic! I know I will be buying your music one day."
Photo: As seen in McKinney Magazine’s August 2011 “McKinney: City of Music”