Jennifer Lopez has made a career of knowing what her fans think is sexy. So when she told bearded "American Idol" top 13 finalist Casey Abrams that she thought he had serious sex appeal, the singer took the praise in stride.
The 19-year-old upright-bass player and film-camp counselor almost missed out on last week's show due to an emergency hospitalization for stomach pains, but he's had a good time with all the talk about his looks on the show.
"Am I ready to be a heartthrob? Yes," he said at last week's afterparty for the top 13. "I'm ready. We'll see how it goes."
Given his embrace of sex symbol-dom, he was asked what his plan was to take on magazine cover boy Justin Bieber. "I guess I'm gonna have to start dancing, I have to learn the drums, I'm gonna have to do this with my hair," he joked, pulling down his unruly 'fro onto his forehead in an attempt to approximate the Bieber swoop.
The good news is that the multi-instrumentalist already plays the drums, so he can check that off his list, and he hinted that he may pull out an electric bass at some point — or even a sitar!
On Wednesday night's show, Abrams joked that he had the right (read: grizzled) look to take on notoriously disheveled rock icon Joe Cocker's version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," and on an earlier show, he quipped, "I just want to show the world that guys like me are sexy."
"You're sexy, Casey," Lopez assured him last week when Casey performed an unhinged version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" to acclaim from the judges' panel. "Do you know that? Somebody wants it bad," she added in a nod to what she said was Abrams' obvious dedication to remain in the competition.
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