Friday, February 25, 2011

Casey Abrams makes the top 24 on American Idol

Casey Abrams made it to the top 24 of American Idol’s (AI) season 10. On Thursday Feb. 24, Abrams was one of the last contestants to take the long “Green Mile” warehouse walk to face the three AI judges on their elevated platform. Abrams is now one of 12 men remaining in the competition. Welcoming Casey afterward were his parents Ira Abrams, Pam Pierce and jazz mentor Marshall Hawkins.

Joining Abrams among the top 24 is Idyllwild Arts one-year veteran Julie Zorrilla, one of 12 women remaining.

On Thursday’s show, Abrams was again given a feature spot, with his bass accompanied “I’m here to prove people like me can be sexy” take on “Why Don’t You Do Right?” Afterward, it fell to Randy Jackson to deliver the news to Abrams. With sincerity and no traditional judge-fake out, Jackson observed, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen in my life, on this show, a musician as talented as you.” And with that, Abrams jumped to his feet knocking his chair off the platform. Glancing down at the fallen chair and with characteristic Abrams quickness, Casey said,” Don’t worry, I’ll pay for that.”

Surprise eliminations include 15 year old Jacee Badeaux and cowboy John Wayne Schultz.

The 12 remaining men are: Abrams, Jovany Barreto, Jordan Dorsey, James Durbin, Clint Jun Gamboa, Tim Halperin, Stefano Langone, Brett Loewenstern, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald and Robbie Rosen. The 12 women are: Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, Kendra Chantrelle, Ashton Jones, Thia Megia, Haley Rinehart, Karen Rodriguez, Pia Toscano, Lauren Turner, Tatynisa Wilson, Rachel Zevita and Julie Zorrilla.

On Friday, Feb. 25 the remaining men taped an episode to be aired Tuesday, March 1. After airing, viewers can vote for the first time, by phone or online (through Facebook.) Reliable sources confirm that Casey was released from the hospital and did tape on Friday.

Viewers will have a two hour window after the Tuesday episode concludes at 10 p.m. to vote for Casey.

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