Granted, I watched Tuesday night's (May 4) "American Idol" in a packed bar in Maumee, Ohio with a very partisan crowd of Crystal Bowersox boosters, but even above the boozy din while the other four finalists sang, I could tell after reviewing the tapes that new Vote for the Worst favorite Casey James should saddle up.
Without his guitar and looking just plain lost, James' smiling charm dropped faster than a Simon Cowell neckline during his shaky performance of "Blue Skies." With his hair tied back in a knot and wearing a disco-certified pink shirt, vest and slacks combination, James looked and sounded like a cheesy lounge singer on a cruise ship, his nerves clearly getting the better of him.
He appeared to sleepwalk through the performance, seemingly throwing in the towel in a lackluster effort reminiscent of Jason Castro's a few years back. Kara DioGuardi compared his singing to the bleating of a lamb (and not in a good way), and Randy Jackson said it was flat out Casey's worst song of the season.
Granted, even frontrunner Crystal Bowersox and resurgent teen Aaron Kelly had rough nights, but I have to agree with the assessment of my "Idol" experts (MTV News' Jim Cantiello and MJ's Big Blog founder MJ Santilli) that Casey has to go tonight.
We got blindsided last week when Siobhan Magnus got tossed, but this one feels like a slam dunk.
After nine weeks of "Idol" forecasting (for those of you keeping score), here are the current standings.
Gil Kaufman: 9-of-16
Jim Cantiello: 8-of-16
MJ Santilli: 7-of-16
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