They nearly gave him a heart attack when they gave him the save, but the judges gave it to him anyway.
It happened because America's teeny-boppers don't like Casey Abrams' big talent and even bigger tendency to growl, and gave him the boot.
Then, in dramatic fashion, Ryan Seacrest interrupts Casey's "sing for your life" performance so the judges can deliver the verdict. Poor Casey looked like he might end up in a hospital for the third time this season and collapsed onto the stage, he was that stunned.
"Oh my f*cking God," was how he put it.
He was emotional, the other Idols were emotional, the judges were emotional. Casey ran over to the judges table to ask them all if they were serious. They were.
So the save is off the table y'all. Let this be a warning to all the other Idols. Oh, and if I'm not mistaken, that means two will go home next week.
In other Idol news, Boo on the producers for tipping their hands by having Seacrest continuously say there was going to be a shocking elimination. Way to telegraph, people!
Of course that could only mean Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams or the country baratone whose name escapes me at the moment. Oh yeah--Scotty McCreery.
None of the others, for a variety of reasons would be that shocking.
Meanwhile, we had a welcome visit from the incomparable Jennifer Hudson, who also brought former Idol, George Huff as a backup singer. Nice of Jen to keep it in the family.
And Stevie Wonder was there for a little, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," during the group Motown tribute. He forgot some of the lyrics. Heh.
Then he and the Idols sang "Happy Birthday" to Steven Tyler. Tyler doesn't look a day over a rock 'n roll 60.
But the real excitement was whether Casey was going to need the paramedics before he left the stage. As far as the save, the judges got it right.
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