Casey Abrams is out again. And there’s no save for him this time around.
But he didn’t appear upset at all this time around. Given his growly, self-indulgent performances last night, he clearly does not care anymore. He just wanted to move to the beat of his own drummer, not try to cater to a pop audience. More power to him for that.
From day one, Casey was an intriguing fella. “Idol” producers used him as one of the sample auditioners we reporters got to see early on before the show even launched. His natural musicality and joy of singing (plus his scatting) caught the attention of the judges. And voters liked him – up to a point.
He was got the lowest vote at the top 11 but received a save. Thank goodness. The man could entertain. (There’s a reason Vote for the Worst picked him up after Paul MacDonald was off.) Sometimes, his efforts were horrible (notably his karaoke-from-hell Nirvana) but otherwise, he could pull it back well (”Your Song”) or bring fire and light (”Harder to Breathe”). He had some amazing stints with his bass, especially in Hollywood with “Georgia On My Mind.” And despite two hospital stays due to some stomach issues, he persevered. With that beard, he looks 39 but he’s only 19 and sometimes his actions reflect his age.
Just watching him as he did his farewell song tonight, running around the audience kissing and hugging everyone in sight and practically knocking over Scotty on stage reflected that jubilant youthfulness.
He and mentor Jimmy Iovine clashed at times because Casey wanted to take a riskier route e.g. “Nature Boy.” And Iovine cut him hard tonight by saying the growling was turning him off. “The family dog does not vote on this show,” he said.
Interestingly, Jacob Lusk on this blog was clearly the least favorite singer and I really thought he was going home. But when Ryan Seacrest said some folks might be disappointed by tonight’s result up front, we on the Cover it Live blog quickly figured Casey was the likely target. For sure, the producers check the Web to see the public reaction on polls. My guess is Jacob’s fans are not the ones who participate in on-line polls but did vote for him for real.
Although Scotty McCreery was next to Casey when he was eliminated, Ryan never said those were the two lowest vote getters. I suspect Scotty was a diversion. Jacob was also part of the bottom three.
Other moments on the show:
- I love Bruno Mars but his latest song, appropriately titled “Lazy Song,” is not quite up to par with “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade.”
- Crystal Bowersox was back to perform with straight teeth, thinner build and that same warm smile and demeanor. I miss her!
- The group sing was actually pretty good, especially the duet with Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart doing “One Fine Day.”
Cover it live polling
- Bruno Mars “Lazy Song” Love It: 12% Sweet but not as good as his past songs: 29% zzzz: 59%
- Who would you rather see go home tonight: Casey: 20% Jacob: 50% Someone else: 30%
- Ford ad: Cute: 60% Forgetable: 40%
- Crystal Bowersox’s “Riding With the Radio”: Loved it! 79% Just okay 7% Nah. Skip it. 14%
- Do you think J. Lo will stick around next year: Yes: 64%
- Do you think Steven Tyler will stick around next year: Yes; 50%
- Who will go home: Casey 63% Jacob: 37%