American Idol Dishes Out a Hefty Serving of Idol Surprise

The all-important third elimination from American Idol—important because it decides who of the remaining singers will play to half-empty arenas this summer on the Idols Live tour—provided the first true moment of surprise this season (besides the tumbling accident), when it was announced that feral contestant Casey Abrams was voted out by the American public. A wave and panic swept through the room—“Who will ruin Kurt Cobain for us now?!” a cluster of grannies from Tulsa, in town for an AARP poker tournament, tearfully shouted from the stands. As is Idol law, Casey was made to sing for his life. (Side note: This show could take a lesson from RuPaul’s Drag Race in how to set up these do-or-die moments. As it stands now, Ryan Seacrest just kind of improvises some version of, “Well, sorry about this. You know what to do,” and then slinks away to the makeup chair to have his eyebrows re-lightened.)

WELL. That’s where things got really interesting. Only a few wobbly bars into the performance, Randy Jackson calls the proceedings to a halt, saying, “I don’t think we need to see any more, do we, Steven?” What? Why?! What’s happening?! Why is Casey clutching his chest and complaining of an excruciating tearing pain in his right arm?! The guy’s been hospitalized twice since the show began—are we about to oxymoronically witness Idol's first live death?

Watch the video to find out what happens next.

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I LOVE CASEY!! He's fantastic!! I can't understand why he was even in the bottom?? I knew they were going to save him. And the fact that they didn't even need to see him sing was awesome. His reaction was fantastic! Best episode of Idol EVER! Totally loved it!!!!!
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I cant believe they wasted the save on Casey! What happens now when someone who is good is voted off?!
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I don't watch Idol but what would really be awesome is if this fool Casey got eliminated next week.
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Someone said he had a screechy voice, they must have been looking at some other show because he doesn't screech.
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America, you disappoint me. How could he be voted out?
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So glad that happened. Casey's one of my faves in the show. Of course it was insane that he was voted out in the first place.
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