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Published: Friday, 4/29/2011

'Idol' eliminates Abrams; Bowersox performs

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"American Idol" finalist Casey Abrams received the fewest viewer votes. "American Idol" finalist Casey Abrams received the fewest viewer votes.
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LOS ANGELES -- Casey Abrams was given the heave-ho on American Idol.

The eccentric 20-year-old musician-singer from Idyllwild, Calif., received the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent contest yesterday after his growl-filled interpretation of "Hi-De-Ho" on Wednesday's evening Carole King tunes.

Abrams was previously rescued by the show's judges with their one-time-only power, but there was no helping the jazz-lover this time.

"When I watched Casey last night, I was disappointed," said Idol mentor and Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine. "He was on, but he felt that he had to growl. Casey's got to realize that the family dog does not vote on this show."

Abrams was joined in the bottom three by Jacob Lusk, the acrobatic 23-year-old vocalist from Compton, Calif., who grooved to "Oh No Not My Baby" while clad in plaid. They were rounded out by Scotty McCreery, the deep-voiced 17-year-old country crooner from Garner, N.C., who won back the judges with "You've Got a Friend" after the panel told him he played it safe last week.

Before the elimination, the six finalists teamed up for a medley of King tunes.

Crystal Bowersox, the ninth sesson Idol runner-up, performed "Riding On the Radio," and Bruno Mars sizzled with "The Lazy Song."

Bowersox, who was the runner-up last season on Idol, recently played at Monroe County Community College's La-Z-Boy Center, which she sold out for two shows. Her set list was heavy on songs from her Farmer's Daughter disc, which was released in December.

The 25-year-old Elliston, Ohio, native will return to Toledo on May 28 to perform and raise money for the organization where her unique talents as a vocalist and musician were nurtured. All of the proceeds from her concert that night will benefit the Toledo School for the Arts, where the 25-year-old attended high school before moving to Chicago to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter.

For his swan song, Abrams performed an over-the-top take on "I Put a Spell on You," stopping to smooch several members of the crowd.

The remaining five finalists, including soaring 16-year-old songstress Lauren Alaina of Rossville, Ga., and out-there 22-year-old rocker James Durbin of Santa Cruz, Calif., will return to the stage Wednesday with another singer dismissed Thursday.

The 10th season AmericanIdol champion is to be crowned during the May 26 finale.



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