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In what is probably one of the top 5 most shocking results ever on “American Idol,” early favorite Casey Abrams found himself with the fewest votes tonight and was in a position to miss the tour, which normally takes the top 10.

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But the three judges took only a few seconds to decide to use the once-a-year save option. He had barely begun to sing (ironically) “I Don’t Need No Doctor,” when Randy stopped him. They are bringing him back, which means two people will be gone next week.

Casey was so shocked by what happened, it looked like he might keel over. “I can’t breathe!” he said at one point. “I can’t believe it!”  He thanks the judges and hugged his parents while the crowd chanted “Casey! Casey!” He appears to curse numerous times.

Then the good news: Ryan Seacrest announced that it was “predetermined” that if the save was used during the top 11 results show, all 11 would go on tour. (And the tour means a big payday for the contestants!)

Anyway, let’s review why it wasn’t Stefano Langone, Thia Megia or Haley Reinhart at the bottom of the heap. Those were consensus bottom three and the ones I chose. I picked Haley to go home and she wasn’t even in the bottom three!

Haley clearly has more fans than we expected.  I think she’s a good singer but her performances never feel organic. Stefano and Thia also suffered from a lack of connection with the audience. Both deserved to be in the bottom three.

Casey suffered from opening the show, when viewership is 20 to 25 percent less than it is by 10 p.m. He also came off a really bad performance a week earlier, then did a good – but not great – job. His performance was soon overshadowed and relatively forgotten thanks to Jacob Lusk, James Durbin and others. His fans presumably thought he was safe and didn’t vote with enough fervor.

Yet he has built up some ill will among the masses since he began performing live. Is it the growling? The ever-growing beard? Some people say they are getting tired of him.

A vast majority of the Zap2it “Idol” expert panel had Haley going home, as did I. Nobody had Casey going home. Nobody.

Here were other notable moments in a show packed full of them:

- A reasonably fun group sing followed by a surprise Stevie Wonder appearance, followed by him singing “Birthday” to Steven Tyler.

-  James Durbin is a wrestling addict and gets some of his buds at the “haunted” mansion (Pia, Stefano and Paul) to do some fake wrestling with a cooking tin.

- Hulk Hogan makes a surprise appearance to tell James and Paul MacDonald that they’re safe, then “knocks” down Ryan Seacrest and rips his shirt in signature fashion.

- When Lauren Alaina is told she’s safe, she curses audibly enough to get bleeped out. And there are plenty of bleeped out moments after Casey is saved.

- Atlanta’s Jennifer Nettles, in green tights reminiscent of what she wore in the video, sings “Stuck Like Glue,” a fun throw-away song which features her rapping.

- Jennifer Hudson promotes her new album by singing “Where You At.”

Coveritlive polls

Group sing (”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”) and surprise Stevie Wonder appearance: A- 69% B-15% C-8% F-8%

Ford commercial: Fun-33% Lame-20% Just boring-47%

“Stuck Like Glue” A- 43% B-21% C-21% F-14%

The wrestling bit: Amusing-57% Time waster- 43%

Hulk Hogan “slamming” Ryan Seacrest: Amusing -39% You gotta be kidding me! 61%

Casey in the bottom three: Shocking-69% Not a surprise -32%

Jennifer Hudson’s “Where You At”: A-35% B-50% C-15% F-0%

Who should go home between Casey and Stefano: Stefano-71%; Casey-29%

Will Casey be saved (before he was saved): Yes -55% No-45%

144 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

March 24th, 2011
9:32 pm

I am the swami!!!!!

Really, truly an amazing results show.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 24th, 2011
9:57 pm

Oh brother…..the “save”. How lame. After watching Casey’s reaction I no longer consider Jacob to be the Drama Queen Diva.

SRH

March 24th, 2011
10:05 pm

I have never liked Casey – seems so full of himself. Wish they hadn’t saved him.

Ben Lurkin

March 24th, 2011
10:06 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for the updates. Followed the Coveritlive on my phone during another boring business dinner. You all (or is that all y’all?) kept me from going crazy. Thankfully my battery held up or I might have had to invent an “emergency”.

Elijah Hawkins

March 24th, 2011
10:15 pm

Wish they wouldn’t have used the save. Casey annoys me..

TraceyK

March 24th, 2011
10:17 pm

Alex Trebek Esquire….it’s called Emotion. That was just raw emotion.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 24th, 2011
10:19 pm

TraceyK – it was contrived and phony. You’re a big Casey fan, right?

JTesla

March 24th, 2011
10:21 pm

I leave town for one week and this is what you people do? You have this kind of results show? I see how you are.

Carla

March 24th, 2011
10:24 pm

It takes a real music lover to “get” Casey. He is very unique and talented. I don’t care for his looks but this shouldn’t be about looks. When he did I Put a Spell on You, I was hooked. I live in Motown, so I liked the show last night but Marvin Gaye was not the right song for Casey. James is also a one of a kind performer. Listen to his voice, it’s good!

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 24th, 2011
10:24 pm

JTesla – where did you vacation last week?

JTesla

March 24th, 2011
10:26 pm

Oregon and California coast, will be watching Idol over the next few days. I’ll pretend that I’m “shocked”.

hb

March 24th, 2011
10:27 pm

casey is a good singer but if he doesn’t clean up his looks, he will be gone. I think that is why he was at the bottom of all of the votes..

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 24th, 2011
10:28 pm

Carla – I “get” Casey. He’s a talented musician and average singer. He leers and growls throughout each song and feeds his persona from the lame comments the judges have been giving this year.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 24th, 2011
10:29 pm

Too bad Hulk Hogan pulled his punch on Ryan……

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 24th, 2011
10:31 pm

JTesla – hope you had a good time on the left coast.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 24th, 2011
10:34 pm

There is one good thing that came from tonight’s show – the lame “save” is now gone. Judges favorites no longer have a safety net.

Mo Schreibman

March 24th, 2011
10:41 pm

This is just as I predicted several weeks ago that Casey would wear out his welcome and be voted off the Idol program so why do three judges get to overrule the thirty million who voted I want to know but do not get me started please because I do not discuss politics with friends.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 24th, 2011
10:44 pm

Best girl so far: Pia

Best guy so far: James

Idol Hours

March 24th, 2011
10:49 pm

I am shocked that anyone though Casey’s performance last night was good. Is he the worst there? No. But last night he was the worst.

SEM

March 24th, 2011
10:52 pm

I don’t think Casey shoulda been in the bottom 3 and he shouldn’t have been saved either. Haley should be gone in my opinion. She must have a lot of fans. I didn’t like any of her performances.

ANN

March 24th, 2011
11:08 pm

HOW could you guys be annoyed or not like Casey?? I have been in music for over twenty years, and he is a truly gifted person. He is NOT annoying whatsoever, and he does NOT act full of himself!!! Casey is WAY WAY WAY better than most of the other performers on this show and i was COMPLETELY shocked when they said his name tonight. I am very proud of the judges for going out of their comfort zone and using the save on him. That took a lot of nerve, but it was smart. Casey could EASILY be the next american idol. Anyone on here who isnt musically inclined, needs to shut up.

Stop

March 24th, 2011
11:15 pm

Enter your comments here

JTesla

March 24th, 2011
11:18 pm

I have to say that I would be real happy if Lauren gets the boot soon. After watching one more video clip and performance I can say that I can’t stand her. At all.

StopIt

March 24th, 2011
11:20 pm

This show is turning into a soap opera Steven needs to start listen to the singers how could they use the save hope he gets sent home with Miami

GETBAaCK to the singing contest,,,,

Not even trying

March 24th, 2011
11:30 pm

Wow, American Idol isn’t even trying anymore to make their show look legit. Congratulations Idol script writers. Oh yes, the whole show is scripted from start to finish. I find it ironic that they incorporated “professional” wrestling; another fully scripted show where the outcomes are determined days, maybe weeks in advance. Keep wasting your time voting for your favorites….the producers will decide who wins and who goes home…just like they have been since at least season 3. Seriously…are there still some of you out there that believe the outcome is completely up to America’s vote???? LOL!!!!!!

Chuckles™

March 24th, 2011
11:34 pm

Aaaaaaaand welcome to the era of Internet voting.

As I mentioned in passing last night, there is a feeling from TPTB that INternet voting will cause more troll voting, ie Vote For the Worst x 40.

Don’t be surprised if you hear an executive producer (there are 5 now: pick one – probably Nigel) mention that they’re evolving the method by which they disqualify votes. Because there’s a limit by IP on the number of votes via browser, they thought that they could cap the # of votes as to not overpower the phone voters. Tsk tsk tsk. Have they not learned the power of social communications yet? This is not 2005 folks.

Casey just went through his ‘country week’ like Taylor did. The difference? There wasn’t an Internet vote then. The ‘Daughtry Syndrome’ can happen any week now.

There is another aspect to this. It’s a LOT easier to vote now. So board trolls (like the ones you see here, for instance) can effortlessly kill the votes of supporters with a proxy server & a bot.

Yep yep yep. Expect some jostlin’ behind the scenes folks. This is just the beginning…

DLP

March 24th, 2011
11:44 pm

Best guy james Best girl pia so far I think haley or Naima should have gone.Im alittle confused about all the dancing naima is doing and the judges like it instead of telling her to focus on trying to sing better.I think that there is a few that was chosen to be on there was not for singing but the way they move there body. Not right . that is my opinion, We need the old judges back.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

March 24th, 2011
11:45 pm

Chuckles actually that’s quite an astute observation, and yes, I expect Mr. Lythgoe to be studying the whys and wherefores of tonight and attempt to do something about it.

at LEAST the battle royal about the top 10 is no longer viable, with the (as i figured might happen, may i humbly say) make-it-top-11 decision.

Personally i like Casey and feel he is perhaps the most well-rounded talent on the show. I do agree that he wasn’t at his best, and this wake-up call may just be what the Doctor he doesn’t need ordered for him to get back to what got him there in the first place.

Again, to those who think Pia is the cat’s pajamas, i say it’s polyester, not silk.

Sorry JT, Lauren Alaina is so purely southern … and you seem to like the southern belles that reside here well enough **grin** — i Do like her, personally. and she’s getting better and a little less little-girl imho

but look at the ages of our top 11 — most of them are awfully young!!!

Rodney… D, somebody, can we have a comparison of age brackets over the shows, especially in light of the 3-year itch syndrome? (years 1, 4, 7 and now 10 seeming to have the best overall talent)??

okay, i know i missed all my pals, so hopefully i’m not boring the trolls!!!

nite y’all!!! i’ll be in touch!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

March 24th, 2011
11:51 pm

*snort* no, we DON’T need the old judges back, by the way. And for the first time the panel is being honest…this ISN’T just a singing competition, it’s actually NOT and never has been. Idol does not mean “singer”. It’s a performance show, and that’s what has been sorely lacking in so many years … until Adam Lambert burst the bubble, actually. There have been performances that were stellar, yes, but overall, the debate has been is it a singing competition or is it an idol competition. A TRUE idol won’t just stand there and sing perfect pitch perfect words perfect notes. They’ll emote, move, reach into the hearts and minds of the audience, and draw people in… the best will include so much more than just singing. Casey with the stand up bass doing Georgia on My Mind was so that kind of performance audition. that’s what JLo is talking about when she says “connection”.

so, no, i don’t need someone sitting there saying people shouldn’t move around or dance or play instruments or whatever

and i SO don’t need contradictory criticisms that say to one person “be yourself no matter what song you sing” and to the next say “take a risk, do something NOT so yourself”…. now they are consistently saying, you have a niche, grab it and take the song there WITH you. What Scotty did, for example.

this will, without a doubt, be an interesting year.

BrianInVegas

March 25th, 2011
12:05 am

DialIdol did have Casey at the bottom of the heap for what it’s worth.

JTesla

March 25th, 2011
12:05 am

BTW: Thanks Deirdre!

Disidairio

March 25th, 2011
12:11 am

Why Casey? I think Lady Gaga controlled America’s brains since she started breaking out of whatever planet she’s from!

George

March 25th, 2011
12:19 am

How many “bottom three”s can there be, Ryan? Stop trying to build anticipation by deliberately building anxiety. Its needlessly debasing, and ends up making you personally look bad, Remember, these are
young amateurs. You’re supposed to be the impartial adult!

Weight WATchers

March 25th, 2011
12:33 am

Jennifer Hudson came on and … click ! Tuned to another show. Can’t stand her voice or her weight WATchers commercials.

keepitreal

March 25th, 2011
1:14 am

Casey is a good singer, creative, and sweet. you people who have negative things to say about him don’t know much about music or people. You’re all probably jealous. And why doesn’t anyone like Haley. She’s got soul. It must be a lot of young people voting. Or again people who are jealous of how beautiful and talented she is. It’s to bad the Jennifer, Steve and Randy couldn’t pick them. It seems the American voters aren’t doing a good job this year.

RML

March 25th, 2011
1:24 am

Alex – Completely agree with you and enjoyed all of your comments. In reading this blog, it appears the vast majority of us are in agreement that Casey should have gone home. I am confused as to what the judges see in him that we are not seeing. Is there some other motive or interest to them to keep him? Odd. Very odd. I love this show, but do not trust the behind the scenes integrity.

Chuckles – I completely agree with you too. It is so simple to have the votes rigged each week. I am tired of hearing Ryan announce how many votes came in. It’s just not accurate.

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Matous

March 25th, 2011
1:36 am

Wow! After years of preaching anti-racism…I need to know? WHAT THE HELL? Someone, PLEASE, explain to me, how the hell Casey was on the bottom and Naima is still in this competition? I can’t explain this, other than to conclude that that woman is in the mix because she has a bunch of black people voting to keep her in. God knows it isn’t her musical ability keeping her in!!!

RML

March 25th, 2011
1:49 am

Matous – I agree, I think Naima is definitely next in line to go (I hope). I will never get those dance moves out of my head from last night. That was shocking (not in a good way)! However, Casey just gets up there and grunts and yells and shows little musical ability (compared to the others). I am surprised at how critical the judges are with others that show excellent singing ability and then they give acalades to Casey. It just seems rigged.

RML

March 25th, 2011
1:54 am

Keep it Real – America has got it right (especially with Casey). I don’t criticize your opinions of Casey as we all see people and talent differently. However, the judges need to stop interjecting their own agenda. Also, how old is considered young? I am 32. Is that young or old in your definition?

ER

March 25th, 2011
5:25 am

What makes all the difference is what we see… what we hear… and what we read? What makes things more difficult is when we have already made up our minds… we become unrealistic and we cannot accept whatever comes next.

America had spoken. They are sick and tired of Casey Abrams’ antics. But “some” people have already made up their minds that he deserves at least two more weeks or even more.

In conclusion, if you do not have a neutral, fair and sound judgment, you should not accept the task to judge and worst of all — BLOG.

Mercedes S.

March 25th, 2011
5:45 am

At least it was the first really exciting who’s going home show – even if no one did.
Good Morning and Happy Friday!

Mercedes S.

March 25th, 2011
5:46 am

Oops, just noticed – set my alarm an hour too early!

Blackshepherd

March 25th, 2011
6:51 am

and the Black Shepherd says..

I never thought I would completey change my opinion about a contestant and actually Want to see them perform Live from AI. Kelly, Fantasia, Ruben, Clay, or Adam .even Jennifer Hudson…all very good..not rushing to see them live..But one contestant made me Take back my words( and that aint E Z)..that being the Queen or King (whatever He considers Himself and He can be Whatever he wants because he can Back it Up with his Talent. the sheer entertaiment value that he brings. Jacob Lusk.

Didnt catch him performing Your All I Need.(actually missed the show a couple times) .until next morning on Youtube. Some one has talked to him about the jumping up and down and calmer approach to a song..He listened Very well and took Good Note…Only raising the Volume when Justified…the arm movements, stance, gestures, playin with the notes head, and use of hands and finger movements, was a mixture of diana ross and michael jackson..with a little Luther Vandross..a touch of Stevie Wonder on the last note I Loved the way he dragged out the word Deeeetermination..waving head from side to side..He been studing the Greats..but its All clearly Him. I am impressed. I didnt know whether to dance or watch him sing for fear I might miss something.

Usually I am a Tough customer to sell..but this Jacob person..i find Extremely entertaing..I dont have a clue what Type of Note he may pull out to go along with the body movement and gestures and Control of voice. I hear more Voice than Screams Noe, and that is what I look to hear from any contestant. Not interested in how loud you can sing..but the Tone and your delivery..in Jacob I see so many artists..many gone now… like Luther Vandross and Silvestor(Spell chk)..but still definately his Own Style..

One thing is Certain. He dont have to Win. We have not heard the Last of this One. (He aint gonna be quiet like Ruben and disappear) I just Hope he gets better management than Fantasia and Ruben..their management sucks (my opinion..oh I forgot the whole thing is my opinion. :-/

He needs a CLive Davis or Berry Gordy Jr…back in the day this young fella would have been grabbed by a Younger Gordy. He brings back that old Cut up on stage soul Funk from the Golden Era of Motown..that being..the 1960s. I wish him nothing but success because he’s definately got the talent and is not your average joker..lol..he is a piece of work..and he’s Only going to get Better. May he have a Long career.

Tim

March 25th, 2011
7:10 am

Ok Its time to pay him a bucket load and bring Simon Cowell back for a few weeks. This season is disintegrating into a karaoke competition because the judges are simply not good enough. They all say the same thing week after week but it’s not constructive. Telling everyone they are great, fantastic, in the lane, get a tick, you rock man is simply not good enough when the vast majority of viewers at home are cringing at mediocrity that is not improving. Yes there is talent there but Simon at least said what had to be said and what the vast majority of viewers thought. That is exactly the point of the show, you want somebody on that panel to air your views too. This is not happening, the show is suffering, the artists, as talented as they could be are suffering and the judges are suffering credibility. Time for the producers to act now, they have a problem!

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March 25th, 2011
7:11 am

This show has gotten TERRIBLE. What a shame. These judges are awful and it is quite obvious there are some backroom dealings going on with the voting. Please please please just kill it while it’s mediocre and don’t let it wallow into complete suckitude.

mgdawg

March 25th, 2011
7:25 am

I’ve never really liked casey as a singer, he seems like a nice guy and has a good personality for the show, but he reminds me too much of taylor hicks. I know taylor hicks won the show, but everyone knows that chris daughtry should have won, and record sales have proved that. Jennifer lopez talked the other night about there not being anyone out there like him right now, is that really a good thing? Usually if there is no one like you, it’s because no one likes that style of music. I think casey and taylor hicks are about 30 years too late, 30 years ago they might’ve ended up being stars, nowadays that style just isn’t that popular.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2011
7:29 am

Morning!

I am laughing at all the comments.

JT…you’re welcome…it was quite the show last night.

American Idol is still(so far) the top rated show….the only other show capable of beating it is Dancing With the Stars…and it didn’t this week. Does it need the original judges back? NO!

Is the show scripted? Of course it is, do you think Ryan makes this stuff up as he goes along? However, scripted and rigged are 2 totally different things and after helping my son study for his communications law final, I learned a lot about the regulations that control tv shows.

Trust me….it is NOT rigged. It manipulates, it teases, it creates drama BUT the person who gets the fewest votes IS the person who is announced as the loser….doing anything else would have knocked American Idol off the air. No, seriously. Believe me when I say, the federal gov’t would LOVE to be fining a cash cow like American Idol.

Steve

March 25th, 2011
7:33 am

Casey may be out there a little bit, but dude has some serious talent. Reaction last nite was overboard but alot of kids today are drama queens. Stefano is in over his head. Didn’t watch season 1 but this is the most talent i’ve ever seen on show.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2011
7:37 am

BTW, next week’s theme is Songs from the 80’s

Formerly Bored

March 25th, 2011
7:37 am

Casey needs to do a full song without growling. Then he will get the votes.

Haley had her worst night, but got her most votes. Perhaps it was the straightened hair. I am still a fan.

Highlander

March 25th, 2011
7:43 am

Good morning, folks!

Okay, they got me! When it was down to Casey and Stefano, I was so sure we’d finally heard the last of Mr. Wild Card! (Conversely, I thought Ms. Wild Card, Naima, did well enough Wednesday night to stay around.)

I did get 2 of the bottom 3 right and I would have been happy if either Thia Megia or Stefano (I can’t bear to look when I sing) Langone had gone home. And it’s a safe bet that neither one of them would have been saved!

Highlander

March 25th, 2011
7:52 am

“This show is turning into a soap opera Steven needs to start listen to the singers how could they use the save hope he gets sent home with Miami” – StopIt, 11:20pm, 3/24

Quit trying to communicate via the written word. It ain’t workin’ for ya!

Mo Schriebman

March 25th, 2011
7:52 am

This you call a shocking ending? Excuse me please but shocking is not changing the ending when it is over and what about the Idol programs famous America votes tag line may I ask? Also being lactose intolerant myself there was too much cheese as they say in the diary industry.

Joyce H.

March 25th, 2011
7:53 am

I agree with Steve. Overall this is best talent on one show yet. Gives us family folk an evening of good concert viewing, drama and all. Great bunch of talented young people. We need some “feel good” about our young people and Idol provides it.

Deb L

March 25th, 2011
7:59 am

Well, I find this year’s IDOL to be quite entertaining and I do think they have the best group of singers, ever, and I do like the judges. I doubt JLO will come back, though — she’s too tender-hearted. Anyhow, I wasn’t surprised to see Casey in the bottom three and I knew that if he was voted off that the one and only save would go to Casey. I’m no music critic, of course, but I truly do not care for him or his musical abilities (actually, the lack thereof). He screaches and the last two weeks his performance has been just terrible. What a shame the judges wasted their one save on him, but I’ve felt all along that the save would go to him.

DC

March 25th, 2011
8:17 am

I wish you people would stop listening to Q100 and star 94…then maybe you would understand why casey has talent…

Rossville Native

March 25th, 2011
8:17 am

Only watch this show because of Lauren. She has had top 5 performances each week. Glad to see her doing well.

I would have voted Casey out the week he bombed Nirvana’s smells like teen spirit. Cobain must be the ghost at the mansion.

Formerly Bored

March 25th, 2011
8:23 am

“Cobain must be the ghost at the mansion”

That’s classic

Rick

March 25th, 2011
8:23 am

Blah, blah, blah. I basically agree with Tim. Plus, they could just go ahead and get rid of at least 5 more people next week. I hope the extremely annoying sound of Paul what’s-his-face is next. Let’s just pick James and be done with it. The show is starting to get too gimmicky because they realize the judges are boooooorrrrrrriiiiiiiing. Paul sounds like he’s singing with laryngitis instead of like Rod Stewart (who he’s clearly trying to imitate). Thia sings to soft and has no emotion. Haley just hikes up the skirts to get the boy votes. And is there anybody more grating than Jacob? The judges pick their favorites and push them through. You can’t tell me these are the best 10 singers in the whole compeition. We just didn’t get to see them all.

Greg

March 25th, 2011
8:29 am

exactly why i stopped watching after season 4, It has become more of a popularity show than a talent show. If a non talented contestant connects with viewers their a shoe in where it talented person with is overlooked. IE Daugherty, Grey, Hudson who all went on to success despite what the show’s outcome was.

breezy59

March 25th, 2011
8:31 am

I like Casey. Glad the judges used the save for him.

DC

March 25th, 2011
8:32 am

Hudson singing last night proved why she didn’t win..

Rickster™ © ®

March 25th, 2011
8:32 am

Here’s my review of Casey’s performance from Weds. night:

Casey: Hated his performance. Tiring of him very quickly. Very dark persona on stage. I don’t like dark.

Where’s the guy with the whatever it was we saw at the audition? Where’s the guy who stunned us in Hollywood with “Georgia On My Mind” on the upright bass?

He’s gone somewhere.

This isn’t the same Casey we grew to really like. He’s got this affable, teddy bear quality off stage. But when he’s on stage… he has a disturbing darkness around him and it shows in his performances.

Heck… even the judges told him to knock it off with the growling and everything. He’d better listen.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2011
8:35 am

Re Chuckles 11:34pm: I know nothing about how internet voting works but doesn’t Nigel already have experience with it through So You Think You Can Dance? Can anyone help…hasn’t that show had internet voting right from the start? I would think that he would already be aware of the problems with auto-servers, hackers and the negative side of some peoples’ personalities.

I’m not all that convinced that Casey was eliminated by VFTW types. His last 3 weeks have not been stellar even though he is a proven musician and I think his fans have found more interesting people to vote for. I think Casey was a victim of forgetfulness more than any on line conspiracy.

Rickster™ © ®

March 25th, 2011
8:36 am

When I got home yesterday, my wife was replaying Weds” show. Durbin was on.

I still think his performance of “Living For The City” was one of the worst of the night.

And I don’t think his voice is all that great. Range? Yes. Tone/quality? No way.

But then again… I don’t “get it.”

Deirdre

March 25th, 2011
8:39 am

Greg…I guess you’re just ignoring all the comments about how much talent is in this season.

Re better singers who didn’t win……IMO, JHud was not good enough to win Idol during season 3….she is now, she wasn’t ready then. Daughtry was the victim of the juggernaut that was the Soul Patrol….Elvis couldn’t have won that season. And Clarkson was so much better than ANYONE else during season 1 that even a really good singer like Tamyra Grey had no chance.

iamwallace

March 25th, 2011
8:40 am

Jennifer Hudson’s performance of that dumb song……HORRIBLE!

Rickster™ © ®

March 25th, 2011
8:41 am

Sam-A

March 25th, 2011
8:41 am

Guess I’m one of the few who wish they’d just have let Casey keep on truckin’ – and get the medical help he apparently seriously needs (looked near collapse last night). Not that there aren’t 4 or so that should have preceeded him, but since he was on the chopping block, nature, and the will of us viewers should have prevailed. Gotta clean out the lesser talents eventually.

As a few others said, I too turned the station when JH came on. She looked really nice (except for the Snookie poof on the top of her head), but her voice is like bad, screechy brakes on an old car – irritating.

Barker

March 25th, 2011
8:42 am

Casey had been coasting off of his Hollywood and Vegas popularity. He should have changed up “Smells Like Teen Spirit” last week to fit his style, instead of doing a bad Kurt Cobain impression. This week, he was forgettable. Going first is the death spot, so it’s important to deliver a good performance, but instead, Casey cemented his place as being Taylor Hicks version 2, who relies more on stage antics, instead of showing that he is a true musician.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 25th, 2011
8:42 am

Whay you at!

Deirdre

March 25th, 2011
8:44 am

Rickster, I agree about Casey’s change to the dark side. I was hoping he would sing Georgia On My Mind for his save song last night. THAT’S the Casey who needed to be saved. I hope he listens to the judges but keep in mind, the Idols have likely been rehearsing next week’s songs since last week so it may take him a week or two to respond.

Don’t agree about James.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2011
8:46 am

Barker…I forgot that Casey went first! That kills even good performances.

richie

March 25th, 2011
8:47 am

The show was great,I had a lot of laughs.Casey should have been saved.There were 2 or three others that will be gone………Great TV……..thats what it is all about.

Rickster™ © ®

March 25th, 2011
8:49 am

Honestly, I’m not surprised Casey wound up in the bottom three (though I didn’t have him in mine.)

I’m not saying that Casey should have been saved. But I’d have been stunned if the judges hadn’t used it on him.

Sam-A

March 25th, 2011
8:52 am

Everyone keeps talking about how, even though he’s had some bad weeks, Casey is a “proven good musician”. Huh? He had a couple of good moments in auditions, but since then, when it really should count the most, he’s been pretty rough, ranging from mediocre to truly bad! And JLO pretty much spelled out to him last night that he’d better lose the morose, scary looks and all the growling and screaming and get down to business. Let’s see how that goes!

Exactly what does a couple of brief performances in Hollywood “prove” about his musicianship?

Tina

March 25th, 2011
9:00 am

I tuned in long enough to see Stevie Wonder and that hideous hair do. He is half bald..with braids in what he’s got left. Unbelievable…. And is it just me…or does Mr. Tyler look like someone from the planet of the apes???

Rickster™ © ®

March 25th, 2011
9:00 am

“American Idol” Confirms Theme, Guest Performers For Next Week’s Top 11 Repeat
March 25, 2011

By Brian Cantor

Thanks to the judges’ decision to save Casey Abrams, next week’s “American Idol” will again feature the top eleven contestants competing.

This time, however, there are no second chances – two contestants are definitely getting eliminated next week.

The “Idol” action will begin with a performance show on Wednesday. According to FOX, the contestants will perform songs from the 1980s, with the show again opting for a fairly-open, accessible theme.

Thursday’s results show will feature performances from season three winner Fantasia (“Collard Greens & Cornbread”) and Jamie Foxx/will.i.am (“Hot Wings”).

Deirdre

March 25th, 2011
9:01 am

Keeping in mind that Casey is 19…I think it’s pretty easy to succumb to the need to overdo when there’s a big audience involved. I think Casey found it pretty easy to show his skills when it was just the judges and the other contestants but I think a lack of confidence, plus little rehearsal time due to his hospitalizations, has put Casey to the test.

Based on what I saw from him during auditions and his top 13 performance(which I loved)I agree that he deserves at least one more chance.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2011
9:03 am

Wow Tina!!!! Freaked out a little by older adults? People go bald and get wrinkled…yes, it will happen to you, too.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 25th, 2011
9:04 am

I hope Casey continues to growl, leer, and gnash his teeth in every performance. He’ll be gone soon if he does.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 25th, 2011
9:05 am

The best thing about Jennifer Hudson’s performance last night was seeing George Huff again. I always liked him.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2011
9:05 am

There’s a new thread up with the mention of the F word.

Woodpappy

March 25th, 2011
9:05 am

I thought Casey was going to pass out on the stage when they saved him. He was truely shocked and I believe you will see a much better Casey next week. Reality had just slapped him in the face.

beebee

March 25th, 2011
9:06 am

While “Where You At” won’t be the Grammy winning Song of the Year, try to LISTEN to it will ya? At least it’s REAL! and guys that fits its bill: Get your acts together! Good women deserve better!

kate

March 25th, 2011
9:09 am

Show seems so staged it’s not even funny.

reader

March 25th, 2011
9:10 am

the whole thing was staged. pretty fake and bad acting by Casey.

I want to see the girl who looks like Clint Howard(brother of Ron) go. Her face makes me cringe.

http://thefaust.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/clint-howard.jpg

Gary

March 25th, 2011
9:18 am

His performance of Smells Like Teen Spirit was enough to get him the boot. He followed that up with a not so great this week. He deserved to go and I am very dissappointed in the judges for saving hime. He has no chance of winning. If he does he will end up like the clown from Birmingham. Frankly crazy dancing girl should be next. She just does not sing that well.

G

March 25th, 2011
9:28 am

Shocking to say the least. I still think the Jennifer Hudson “early” elimination the most shocking that I’ve experienced on AI. I guess we have Hawaii to thank for that…….NOT! Cassey has been in a grey area for me. He’s not my cup of tea at this point, but I thought his fan base was stronger than that.

bigballs

March 25th, 2011
9:29 am

Well, the top eleven get to go on the tour. Kudos to the whole bunch. That’s a grand prize in itself. Wish they had let Casey sing his song. It started out more interesting than anything he’s done lately. The save was forthcoming and the drama was strangely like professional wrestling. Give ‘em their money’s worth. Now on to more eliminations for real next week.

DC

March 25th, 2011
9:34 am

You guys just love cookie cutter musicians…its comical…I’m sure AT THE TIME..you all hated daughtry singing…then he became extremely famous and…you all saw it coming…

Sheri Taylor-Emery

March 25th, 2011
9:35 am

I’m sorry…I just don’t get the deal about Casey. I don’t find his voice interesting…he growls every song.
I don’t get why the judges are so gaga over him.

RxDawg

March 25th, 2011
9:38 am

ANN
March 24th, 2011
11:08 pm

See that post for the absolute truth. Come on America… W T F!?

You’d rather see Paul sing next week? Or Jacob? Or Stephano? Or Scotty? Or pretty much all of the girls? Over Casey? Really!? Grrrr, I’m starting to see the idocy of the voting masses that gave us Lee Dewyze last year again. And it turns me off big time.

GG

March 25th, 2011
9:39 am

Casey is good and unique but he wasn’t worth the save.

Ringtoss999

March 25th, 2011
9:46 am

Great TV..dramatic..heartfelt..cheesy..based on ratings.. and I can’t wait till next week.
@ Black Shepard.You have an interesting take on Jacob. I agree that he could be a “Star” for a Motown-esque recording, if that style of music makes a comeback. And it may..check out Bruno Marrs.
I work in music and have for over 30 years. Musician, Disc Jockey,and Producer. If I were going to do a session and had to choose the “best” talent from the show, I would pick in this order and why;
Lauren,who has the looks and “it” factor for country tunes. James Durban with the “sneer” for a rock edge/ alternative/metal tune,Pia as your nightingale for an Adult Contemporary /Love Song,Thia with a light and airy childrens tune,Jacob with his flair for drama for a Broadway remake ( think-Jersey Boys/ The Life and times of -pick one-Jackie Wilson- David Ruffin (Temps)-Curtis Mayfield or a leap-Rick James/James Brown. Could also see him do a Luther Van Dross style tune and I believe that would kill. Cat has pipes.
Casey is a good player..would not go to see him in concert/ same with Paul/ Naima/Haley/Stefano and the one-note Scotty.
This is a huge marketing vehicle. Period. American Idol is designed to continue the myth of the overnight sensation from the days of Doo-Wop and Elvis. But in those days ,your only source for music was the Am radio and then FM .
How many great singers do not have the “LOOKS” for this type of show?
Most viewers do not realize that by creating a ,”brand’ (pick any contestant from any season) ,you are more likely to buy a product, bring it home and enjoy it, and even become big fans.
But ,all the love and the voting and the adulation is worthless unless you play by the AI rules.
Ask the local folks ,who made it to the Top 10 and even won, who are now schlupping club gigs or doing musical theatre.
Are we being mentally coerced, gently persuaded to “buy” while watching American Idol. Of course we are. I want a puke green FORD.
Great television. Talent that will sell..not so much…check out CD and download sales for every winner.
Carrie Underwood vs.Lady Ga Ga to make the point.
Till next week…

James

March 25th, 2011
9:53 am

I disagree that J LO won’t be back next year. I think she’s way better than Paula Abdhul was. She actually has intelligent comments to make. Steven Tyler, on the other hand, seems in a daze all the time. Still love Randy. Thought Jennifer Hudson was not good, and I also hate her Weight Watchers commercials. Can’t wait to the followup of “Where You At”. It’s called “Who Dat Iz”.

EJ

March 25th, 2011
10:02 am

I am happy for the judge’s decision…..Casey appeared to be unstable….I believe a counselor should be on hand for a pre/ post session for certain people…they should know that their careers are not over because the go home…Please take heed!!!!!!!!

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 25th, 2011
10:03 am

Okay, so here is who I’d like to see eliminated:

Over the next two weeks: Naima, then Stefano. Not a fan of the “wild card” system. That would leave 9.

The two weeks after that we could say goodbye to Paul and Casey, in no particular order. That leaves 7.

To balance things out we’d then we’d get rid of two girls: Haley and Jacob. That leaves 5.

The following week we bid Thia farewell. That leaves 4.

We then allow James, Lauren, Pia, and Scotty duke it out for the championship.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 25th, 2011
10:06 am

Now that the save is gone we won’t have to hear Ryan go drama queen on us and say the contestant will be “singing for their life”. A little too over the top for me.

It Will happen again

March 25th, 2011
10:16 am

Casey is getting REALLY old and will probably be gone in a week or two. Also, and I can’t even remember his name, Adam Lambert Jr. will not get in the top 3. The growling and screaming gets really old week after week, and the younger voters are going to vote for the younger contestants. Pia is ready for the radio right now. I cannot imagine Casey on the radio or Adam Jr.