I feel really bad that a few of you dear readers have arrived here by searching for some variation on “does Hollie Cavanagh have a speech impediment.” I myself pondered this in our Women of the Top 24 liveblog.
The answer is no, she does not. She’s merely Liverpudlian in origin (i.e. from Liverpool, in England, the city arguably most famous for being that in which The Beatles formed as a band). She mentioned in her interview for the Top 24 show that she was born in England, and her wikipedia entry further clarifies her origins. Evidently that accent is what you get when you sprinkle a little Texas on top of Liverpool.
Actually it will be really interesting to hear her speak in additional interviews throughout the season; she was particularly disadvantaged by being virtually unseen in the Hollywood and Vegas weeks, and for some reason it wasn’t mentioned at all that she had made it to Hollywood last year. Quite odd, if you ask me.
In any case, Hollie is a really excellent singer, and I hope she goes far in the competition!