In a shocking turn on American Idol, fan favorite Casey Abrams was voted off the show Thursday night, but the judges wouldn’t hear of it, and in dramatic fashion, they used their one save of the season to keep him on the show — a move that nearly led to Abrams fainting, and RadarOnline.com has the dramatic clip.
Abrams — a doughy, bearded 20-year-old Seth Rogen look-a-like from Idyllwild, California — was one of the last two remaining contestants with the lowest viewer votes, along with Stefano Langone. After Langone was granted a week’s clemency, it was up to Casey to save his spot with a final performance, and he nervously launched into a rendition of Ray Charles‘ I Don’t Need No Doctor.
But before he could even make it through the chorus, judge Randy Jackson stood up and interrupted him, in what made for the show’s dramatic crescendo of the season, so far.
“We know who you are, Casey,” Jackson said. “We don’t need to hear you sing anymore, do we Steven?”
Said judge Steven Tyler: “Yeah, this is crazy wrong — we made a decision here to keep you on.”
“They’re using the one save for Casey Abrams! ” host Ryan Seacrest said.
Abrams, visibly-rattled, said after he was grateful for the second chance.
“I thought that they were — I knew that if there was someone that got cut tonight — I thought that they wouldn’t use the save because there’s [still] 11 people,” Abrams, a camp counselor, said. “Oh my God! It’s unreal! I started singing and the fact that you cut it scared the stuff out of me.
“I’ll make you proud!”
Watch the video on RadarOnline.com
The remaining contestants in this year’s competition include boys Abrams, Scotty McCreery, James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, Stefano Langone and Paul McDonald; and girls Pia Toscano, Lauren Alaina, Thia Megia, Naima Adedapo and Haley Reinhart.
American Idol returns next Wednesday on Fox at 8/7c.