Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Casey Abrams is saved by the judges; a top 11 tour

Last week, 20-year-old unlikely sex symbol Casey Abrams, who auditioned in Austin, Texas, was saved by the judges. On that week, he kicked off the night performing "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", which was originally recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips and made popular by Marvin Gaye. He was in the bottom three with Stefano Langone and Thia Megia. He chose to use his audition song, the Ray Charles song "I Don't Need No Doctor", and midtune, Randy Jackson stopped the performance and come to a quick unanimous decision. Jennifer Lopez told Abrams and the crowd, "We were wondering when we heard the results, 'Why is Casey at the bottom?' We don't know. You deserve to be here." The judges promptly invoked the save on Abrams, and Abrams sincerely thanked Steven Tyler.

The results show featured guest performances by Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson.  Jennifer Hudson performed her latest single, "Where You At", from her sophomore album "I Remember Me."  Jacob Lusk's performance of "You All I Need to Get By" was the best performance of last week.

Abrams' near-elimination was not the only surprise of the show. The bad news is that this week, on Elton John week, two contestants will be eliminated. The good news is that all 11 remaining contestants will be participating in this year's American Idol summer tour. During this week's results show, the musical guests will be Jamie Foxx and American Idol winner Fantasia from season 3.

Pia Toscano broke her promise by relying on ballads alone. Jacob Lusk has done a standout performance of the Elton John song "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", which was covered by Mary J. Blige, one of my favorite R&B artists, last decade. He met and posed with Mary J. Blige during the rehearsal. My prediction is that Stefano Langone and Thia Megia will go home this week.

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