After Casey Abrams’ screaming, growling rendition of “I Put a Spell on You,” which closed last night’s American Idol, judge Jennifer Lopez told the contestant, “You’re sexy, Casey. You know that?” I was feelin’ it, too, so much that I rewound the performance three times. For me, it was all about the confidence he had onstage. In his mind, there was no question that he was going to sound good, and there was no debate that we were going to enjoy it. He has that Michael Bublé quality, where he’s able to act out the song, but make it feel genuine because he’s in the song for that moment. In the end, I wasn’t fantasizing about being an Abrams groupie, but I was fantasizing about seeing him in an intimate club or theater where I could stand or sit close enough to the stage to feel that intensity and get swept up in it (and catcall the way one does when someone has committed that fully and wails). So yes, totally sexy. In fact, I’d name it one of Idol‘s sexiest performances ever.*
Watch it below. Agree or disagree?
*Even if Casey does remind some of Will Ferrell in SNL‘s “Lovers’ Hot Tub” sketch. (Kate Ward: “I say that as a good thing.”)