Ryan Seacrest warned off the top that fans were going to be disappointed with the news on Thursday night's (April 28) "American Idol" results show. At the point in the season where you are guaranteed that half of the remaining six will end up in the bottom three, there were plenty of opportunities to be bummed.
But after finding new ways to make the amateur singers twist in the wind while awaiting their fate, when the smoke cleared, it was Casey Abrams whose card was punched into "Idol" purgatory. Lauded for his musical aptitude but hampered by a tendency to get overly aggressive and unnecessarily scatty during his performances, Abrams left the show after being [article id="1660644"]saved by the judges[/article] earlier in the season.
There were plenty of things that had to happen before any actual results were read, though, like a trip to the British consulate in honor of Friday's royal wedding, some Internet questions from fans and a medley of the Carole King-penned tunes "It Might as Well Rain Until September," "One Fine Day," "Go Away Little Girl" and "It's Too Late."
When it was time to finally give some results, Seacrest brought out each of the finalists in random order, with frequent bottom-three dweller Haley Reinhart dodging the bullet this week and being sent to safety after her bluesy rendition of "Beautiful."
Seacrest teased audience fave Scotty McCreery, making him hang on after reviewing his sensitive-guy take on "You've Got a Friend." He then called out fellow teen Lauren Alaina, who sang "Where You Lead (I Will Follow)," and ... did the same thing.
The torture continued with bearded lover-man Abrams, who had grunted and scowled through a mother-lovin' cover of the little-known "Hi-De-Ho" and was also sent back to the couch to chill through a commercial break. Surely, Seacrest would just wave James Durbin to safety after the rocker's touching take on "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" And he did.
Though our experts were unanimous in picking gospel singer Jacob Lusk as the likely boot-ee after his up-and-down rendition of "Oh No Not My Baby — which mentor Jimmy Iovine said was also ankled by a poor, not star-like wardrobe choice — Lusk was spared yet again.
That left the unlikely due of Abrams and McCreery standing center stage facing the abyss. After wowing the judges and audience with his upright and electric bass playing, melodica honking and a controversial save, Abrams is now free to do what he vowed to at the end of his goodbye montage: "work hard and do everything I can to get myself out there and bring jazz back."
His run ended with a reprise of his signature scowl-fest [article id="1659016"]"I Put a Spell on You,"[/article] which included hugs and kisses with the judges, random smooches with audience members, a chest thump for McCreery, a barrel-roll onto the stage and a final eye-lock with purported show honey Reinhart.
The show also featured a drop-in from last season's runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, who sang the bluesy old time rock and roll ditty "Ridin' With the Radio," as well as a song from Bruno Mars, who got mellow with his perfect summer tune "The Lazy Song."
The top five will do it all again next week in the run-up to the show's May 26 finale.
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