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Casey Abrams is not dating Haley Reinhart

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FOX: Michael Becker/Fox

The Casey Abrams farewell press conference today was far more fascinating than your typical “Idol” exit press conference simply because he’s a truly interesting guy. He’s a music geek who doesn’t speak in cliches like Pia and her “It all happened for a reason” pablum. He just speaks from his heart. He’s sweet and guileless.

For the tabloids, he said he is not dating Haley Reinhart, nor has he ever, despite the rumors.

Here he is on various topics:

Instruments he plays: The guitar, the piano, the melodica, the bass, of course. He also plays the sit-tar, the drums, the accordion, the clarinet, the cello (his favorite!).

On his wacky post-elimination performance: “I was in completely random mode. I didn’t plan on ending up on Haley [at the end.] It just ended up that way. Nothing was planned. Like jazz, sometimes the best performances are improvised.

What would a Casey concert be like: “Pure craziness would be the title.  There’d be everything. That last two performances, ‘Harder to Breathe’ and ‘Nature Boy’ sums me up. Let’s rock this hard and have some fun. And slow it down and do it smooth… I’d bring some trombones and dulcimers. Random-sounding instruments.”

His confidence: “I used to not like singing in public. Now I sing too much, in hallways, with random people I don’t know. I feel a lot more comfortable on stage. I can do anything on stage, get random people to feel my pain and happiness.”

His response to Jimmy Iovine’ s line last night that “the family dog does not vote on the show.” “Honestly, it’s hilarious. It’s good advice. I was growling a little bit too much. I wasn’t really paying attention. I was hvaing more fun than what was going on musically. I didn’t have that balance that time. Jimmy Iovine’s funny.”

His health since his last hospital visit: “I just keep getting injections of that good ol’ medicine. Just learned how to deal with the stress a little more than I have. The show has been helping me. I learned how to talk to people, to communicate. Talking to Jimmy Iovine and standing up for myself. I usually hold it in. I now tell people how I feel. It’s made me a different person. It will mean less ulcers.”

What would have have sung next week if he had stuck around (my question): “I was thinking from the 60s ‘Eleanor Rigby’ with acoustic guitar, just sitting on the stage. I’m not sure what now meant. I was going to try ‘Smooth’ by Santana or maybe Blink 182.”

What would his album be like: a mix of rock and jazz.

His anger and aggression on stage to contrast his good-natured persona: “I feel like I laugh at everything. I’m more a happy person than most people… I just keep it inside me. That’s a good question. It’s not aggression. I want to do something different on stage than be all  chill.”

Did he expect to win? No. “This is exactly what I expected. I can’t be mad at that.”

He loved Crystal Bowersox because both are off the beaten path. She gave everyone special mikes after her performance, which he enjoyed.

His beard- shaving it off? “It wouldn’t work. The beard makes the face. If I shaved, I wouldn’t have a chin anymore.”

When he was standing there with Scotty: He knew he was a goner. “Just call my name already!” he thought.

47 comments Add your comment

Rickster™ © ®

April 29th, 2011
1:17 pm

They don’t have to be “‘dating” to have something “going on.” They could just be best friends with benefits.” :-)

JTesla

April 29th, 2011
1:29 pm

Thanks Rodney, finally an interesting exit interview.

Ben Lurkin

April 29th, 2011
1:54 pm

Rickster- I can say that Casey made Haley a better performer, and if he got the benefit, more power to him.

Branch Loveless

April 29th, 2011
2:31 pm

Casey is a cool cat—-no doubt too cool for American Idol. I’m glad he was a contestant; glad he was saved and hope he finds success in the future.

As for not dating Haley: I wonder why not. There definitely appeared to be some chemistry there.

Harriett

April 29th, 2011
4:14 pm

Slow day on the blog. Just wanted to say to everyone that I hope your weekend is good. I will not be back on the blog until Tuesday. Am headed to Greenville, SC on Monday. Looking forward to the two songs next week. Take care.

Mercedes S.

April 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

That’s the last time I get up at 4 am for a royal British wedding…

Rickster™ © ®

April 29th, 2011
4:57 pm

Been a long, frustrating few days here at work. Looking forward to some down time. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Deirdre

April 29th, 2011
5:43 pm

Finally sat down and watched The Voice.

I’m not impressed and here’s why. It’s that thing with the judges turning around to see who they picked. To me, that motion makes it even more about appearance than it would have been without it. These judges aren’t actors so, if you watch them the first time they see a person you can see what’s in their heads.

A couple of people were picked because their voices were pretty good, not great. When the judges turn around, especially Adam Levine, you can see happiness or disappointment based on the singer’s looks.

Not good…but not their fault…bad concept. Maybe it will get better once the judges have met and worked with their teams.

Janet

April 29th, 2011
6:12 pm

I agree with Dierdre. If it were all about the voice, the mentors would never see the contestants until the finals.

Seth T.

April 29th, 2011
9:19 pm

Watching CMT’s NEXT SUPERSTAR at the moment – a real blast, contestants singing on steetcorners in Nashville with guitar cases open to try to collect money – singing at motorcycle rally’s/bars to compete.

Deirdre

April 30th, 2011
8:40 am

So what I’m getting about the voice is that it’s American Idol if Idol had the judges not look at the singers during the first auditions. After that…who knows, we’ll just have to wait and see.

judy

April 30th, 2011
8:47 am

Casey definitely is the man. He is the ONLY reason I watched Idol this season. From his audition to Hi De Ho; every performance was such a thrill because you never knew what was coming.
It was very obvious, at least to me, that Casey is such an incredible bundle of raw talent, who eats, breathes and loves music. That is what drives him; that is who he is.
I am going to miss him – I really looked forward to his performances every week. I can’t bring myself to watch the rest of Idol, though I may watch the finale just to see him.

Mercedes S.

April 30th, 2011
9:18 am

Too each his/her own, Judy. While I realize Casey is musically talented, I don’t care for his performing ways. He’ll probably have a great “behind the scenes” career.

Mercedes S.

April 30th, 2011
9:22 am

Then again, I don’t care for jazz either. Which seems to be what Casey “eats, breathes and loves”…
What I like about Idol this year is that the show has allowed the singers to stay within their comfort zone (box). In the past, the judges, Simon especially, insisted that the country-inclined go for Broadway and the quirky ones be more mainstream.

Seth T.

April 30th, 2011
5:15 pm

Casey will move on to some T.V. appearances, as the eliminated contestants do, and will be on the AI tour, which currently has about 44 bookings. Last year, several bookings were cancelled due to low ticket sales.

He has had a great deal of exposure and publicity in the world of music, by reaching the top 6. Most people in the music industry watch AI, and he has already met a number of people of influence in the business. If he finds a producer who is willing to put-up the cost of studio, production and distribution – then he will get a shot at recording royalties; but usually only after a certain “base cost” is made from sales, so the producers can recover part of their investment. Producing and distributing can be a major investment, however there are some smaller independent labels now that will specialize in certain genres.

If one or more producers (or labels that put an artist on contract) feel there is a market in his main genre that they can approach – they will give it a shot, because that’s how they hope to make money.Casey has some health issues, so we can hope he will be o.k. with the sometimes tight schedule and traveling on the tour.

I will be posting some album sales results from AI season 4 on the next post.

Seth T.

April 30th, 2011
5:45 pm

American Idol season 4 – just estimates of album sales as of Nov. 2010, – 1. artist name / 2. place of finish in competition / 3. # of albums produced as of Nov. 2010 / 4. sum total of all sales combined.

Carrie Underwood 1st place winner – 3 alb. – 11,903,000
Bo Bice – 2nd place – 3 alb. – 745,000
Mario Vazquez – Top 12 – 1 alb. 56,000
Constantine Maroulis – 1 alb. – 25,000

I will have some estimates coming soon from Season 5, where 10 of the contestants made albums. As they say in the bizz – if it ain’t workin’ out, you are dropped from the label.

You can, if you have the resources, just produce your own album of course. It is the cost of studio, production, mucic licensing if you are doing cover songs, and trying to get copies and publicity to hundreds of major stations, and convince them to give you airtime, that can be a staggering cost if you are not under a major label name. The name recognition and publicity from exposure on AI is a big advantage compared to the average artist/musician trying to make a living in the music business. Not a gaurantee of success, but a distinct advantage.

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Steve

May 1st, 2011
2:45 am

Has there ever been an Idol pair that got into dating, let alone a serious relationship?

Btw, it was nice seeing Casey and Haley on a sweet note last week.

What would Simon say?

Highlander

May 1st, 2011
8:01 pm

While Casey has undoubtedly received more exposure due to his “extended” stay on Idol, I don’t believe that guarantees him any great success as a recording artist.

I’m not knocking him, just pointing out that his style of music doesn’t appeal to the majority, just a smaller niche. He may have a good career and earn a living in music but he’s never going to have the kind of sales that some are projecting/prognosticating based solely on their regard for him.

Simply look at the history of 6th place finishers on Idol as proof. Or the majority of 3rd through 5th place, for that matter.

Mercedes S.

May 1st, 2011
11:12 pm

Ok to celebrate just a little?

Harm

May 1st, 2011
11:16 pm

Happy Day!!! Sometimes revenge is sweet!

JTesla

May 2nd, 2011
12:48 am

Yep, ok to celebrate.

Highlander

May 2nd, 2011
7:16 am

Some speculated that Bin Laden would eventually die from kidney failure (he was supposedly on regular dialysis, which always made that whole hiding-out-in-a-cave theory seem kinda stupy.)

Nice to hear he died from lead poisoning! :wink:

Deirdre

May 2nd, 2011
7:23 am

Deirdre

May 2nd, 2011
7:58 am

I just saw a headline: “Hamas Claims US Assassinated Bin Laden”

Damned straight!

Mercedes S.

May 2nd, 2011
8:17 am

Fell sorry for the poor folks in Alabama; 500 still missing in Tuscaloosa alone. First, The Wedding overshadowed the storm news, and now this.

Mercedes S.

May 2nd, 2011
8:19 am

Funny, though, how “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” was the very first though that popped into my head when I heard the bin Laden news last night … thanks for reminder, D!

Branch Loveless

May 2nd, 2011
9:08 am

Bin Laden: may he NEVER rest in peace. Highest praise to the Navy SEAL unit that brought this about.

Rickster™ © ®

May 2nd, 2011
9:12 am

It’s okay to celebrate….. A LOT!!!! :-)

Rickster™ © ®

May 2nd, 2011
9:13 am

Any chance that Scotty will do “I’m Proud To Be An American” as the “then” part of the “now & then” theme? :-)

Woodpappy

May 2nd, 2011
9:16 am

Proud of the Navy Seals and all our Military !!!!!!!!!!

Nana ™

May 2nd, 2011
9:34 am

Just when you think all the surprises have passed, the U.S. of A gives us the biggest one of all!!!!!!

We live in the greatest country of all.

Rickster™ © ®

May 2nd, 2011
9:35 am

Woodpappy… are you going to be at “Snellville Days” this weekend?

Woodpappy

May 2nd, 2011
9:38 am

Not as a vendor this year but I have in the past there.

RxDawg

May 2nd, 2011
9:49 am

Enjoy Hell Laden.

Man, I drove down the highway from LaGrange heading to Pine Mountain/Callaway Gardens where one of the storms hit. Good God it looks like someone went through there with a giant weed eater. It’s just different to see it with your own eyes… to live through and expierience something like that must be awesome and horrid and helpless all wraped up into one feeling.

In that paper was an article about a person that was in their house when the twister hit. It picked up the whole house, turned it around, and carried it something like a 100 ft and placed it back down on the ground. The guy lived! Can you imagine riding through the air in your house? Wizzard of Oz style indeed.

Deirdre

May 2nd, 2011
9:49 am

Rickster, in truth, that would be a great song for Scotty but I don’t think it was a 60’s song.

Deirdre

May 2nd, 2011
9:52 am

A lot of stories coming out of the destruction. My d-i-l will be coming here at the end of May to watch her brother graduate from high school. Unfortunately, her brother goes to the high school in Ringgold. Word is that, with the help of another high school, these kids will be able to graduate on time.

Nana ™

May 2nd, 2011
10:13 am

My niece who lives in Opelika, AL., lost her best friend in the twister that hit in Alabama. They where almost inseparable as children, and my family got to know her through my niece.

RxDawg: My father lives in LaGrange & a nephew in Pine Mt and they both were telling me about the destruction. My nephew and his brother are police officers, one at Pine Mt and the other in LaGrange, so they got to see first hand all the damage.

RxDawg

May 2nd, 2011
10:15 am

Yeh I remember you used to say you came down to WGMC when your father was sick Nana. I always wondered if I’ve passed you in the halls ;)

Deirdre

May 2nd, 2011
10:34 am

Here’s the Casey I loved…why didn’t he stay like this? Linked from mj’s, Casey on Live this morning:

http://mjsbigblog.com/casey-abrams-live-with-regis-and-kelly-video.htm#more-60026

RxDawg

May 2nd, 2011
10:57 am

“why didn’t he stay like this?”

Because I honestly think Casey wasn’t approaching this as “I really want to win this”. I think he approached it as a huge stage to show off what he could do and his style. Casey probably knew he wasn’t pop and thus wasn’t likely to win Idol. And if I was in his shoes, I think I would of approached it the same way.

Now don’t confuse this with being self indulgent or not trying. I’m sure he would of gladly taken the crown if America voted for him. But they way he went about Idol gave him a certain genuineness and probably cemented himself a fair amount of fans. People like myself who really appreciated what Casey did. I think Casey very much knew what he was doing and is likely to have a solid career in music, for better or worse.

leatenson

May 2nd, 2011
11:14 am

I knew from the first Casey was the most talented and versatile. I also knew that a lot of fans would lack the musical sophistication to appreciate him fully. Anyway, I don’t buy many albums, but I’ll buy any he makes!

Nana ™

May 2nd, 2011
11:32 am

It’s possible RxDawg that we have passed somewhere in Troup County. I have spent alot of time at WGMC.

I think Casey changed after the save, thinking that he wouldn’t be voted off again. It seems like his whole demeanor changed.

JTesla

May 2nd, 2011
11:34 am

The #1 thing I dislike about Casey is his snobbish fans. Many people recognized his musical talents very early on, but he just wasn’t right for Idol. Casey is someone who would not have benefited from winning, but will benefit from the exposure. The elitist crowd that will follow him didn’t need to see him win, they just needed to discover him.

Ron Smith

May 2nd, 2011
12:13 pm

So Casey is voted off and Haley and Jacob stay. This is clearly not a singing contest. It is a popularity contest. Casey is the best performer if not the best voice. Haley always sings flat and as long as Jacob is singing “gospelesque” he does well. Lauren’s the best singer which means she’ll never win – see David Archaleta, Crystal Bowersox, Adam (I forget his last name) all of whom came in second and are better singers than the winners.

RxDawg

May 2nd, 2011
1:50 pm

“I think Casey changed after the save, thinking that he wouldn’t be voted off again. It seems like his whole demeanor changed.”

That’s funny. I think the exact opposite. I think he knew at that point that he wasn’t Idol winner material and just decided to throw all caution to the wind and do what he wanted to do. The result was he turned out to be one of the most fun and surprising contestants Idol has had.

SNOW

May 4th, 2011
10:05 am

I really enjoyed the top six and I don’t want any of them to get off. My favorites are Scotty and Lauren. Casey was not the best he had highs and lows and he also had health problems so in a way, I think it was a good thing that he got off.

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