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February 13, 2014

'Idol' hopes fade for Andover songstress

McQuillen to make Valentine's Day appearance in town

ANDOVER — Casey McQuillen’s “American Idol” hopes may have ended last night, but the 21-year-old singer-songwriter is saying this is only the start for her.

Last night, after she failed to make the cut of 30 “American Idols” hopefuls continuing on in the competition, McQuillen took to Facebook to thank her supporters.

“It’s been a crazy ride! I told the judges that #AmericanIdol was just a stop for me, not the whole journey, and they agreed.

“The judges were incredibly supportive and complimentary and I left Hollywood feeling better about my career than ever before.”

McQuillen made it to the Hollywood round of this season’s competition and was one of 75 out of the original 200 to survive the auditions who were still standing last week.

Undeterred, she hinted at upcoming shows, albums and videos, and added her fan base, which she refers to as MCQCREW, has grown through the “Idol” experience, for which she said is “so humbled and grateful.”

Local youths won’t have to wait long to see McQuillen again.

She will make Valentine’s Day tomorrow extra-special for Andover’s seventh- and eighth-graders as she headlines the Andover Youth Services’ dance.

McQuillen — who has participated in and been a big supporter of her town’s youth services program — is expected to play an acoustic set of a few songs at tomorrow night’s fundraiser at Old Town Hall on Main Street, AYS Director Bill Fahey announced yesterday.

“She has a big following among Andover, particularly students,” Fahey said. “They’re getting hyped up now. I think Old Town Hall will be high on energy Friday night.”

McQuillen is looking forward to performing before her hometown fans, too.

“I’m so excited for the show, it should be a great time,” she said in an email yesterday afternoon. “I hope a lot of kids come out; it’ll be fun!”

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