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American Idol recap: Tragic Spell

One of the top 6 skedaddles home; Crystal Bowersox and Bruno Mars perform

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American Idol

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest
Reality TV

“A lot of fans are going to be disappointed with tonight’s result,” warned Ryan. Wait a minute. That could be anyone!

American Idol bid farewell this week to Casey Abrams, the eminently cheerful jazz enthusiast who releases all his pent-up aggression through a very tiny hole. Is that gross? His words, not mine! Casey may have been better suited for a stage musical than a reality show, but I take my fedora off to him and fling it into the ether! for being one of the most intriguing weirdos to ever hit the Idoldome. Season 10 would have been much more boring without him.

Did anyone else feel more love than ever before for Casey during his final performance of “I Put a Spell On You”? As an avid Wayne’s World fan, I appreciated the hilarious missed-high-five from a dude in the front row (“Denied.”) and the “I’m not worthy!” kneel from James Durbin. Plus, Casey was so in his element here — bopping around, giving lefty handshakes to the judges, smooching most of the front row (and Jacob’s family). Nearly everyone got an affectionate cheek-swipe from America’s favorite beard.

Esteemed Colleague Email Interlude:

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NEXT: Ryan takes care of chores around the house while making us wait…and wait…

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