After tonight’s American Idol Top 6 results-show, a burning question still hangs in the air: Who was in the Bottom Three? We may never know for certain, seeing as how Ryan Seacrest informed us that he revealed the week’s results “in random order.”
But what we do know is this: Casey Abrams has growled his final growl on the Idol stage. Don’t shed too many tears, though, for the guy who likes wearing orange plaid shorts and standing in his socks on the kitchen counter. (Shudder.) Casey’s sing-out tonight to “I Put a Spell on You” felt more celebratory than mournful, as he smiled broadly and embraced the judges’ panel, his fellow finalists’ families, and the remaining Idol contestants during his performance. Plus, the guy got to give a shout-out to jazz great Oscar Peterson during a viewer Q&A session that doubled as product placement for AT&T. Ryan’s dumbfounded expression was worth 1,000 free texts, no?
With Casey’s exit, we’ve now seen three consecutive recipients of the Judges’ Save (introduced during Season Eight) fail to crack the Top 3. And now we’re left with Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, and Scotty McCreery competing for the chance to wear Lee DeWyze’s sash and crown.
Anyway, let’s get to the “just the facts” portion of this article, shall we? The first contestant revealed as “safe” this week was Haley, but not before Jimmy Iovine took a potshot at her failure to define herself as an artist. (Classy, that guy!) She was joined on the couches of safety by James Durbin, then Lauren Alaina. And that left us with the following…
Final Three Contestants Whose Fates Went Unrevealed (Ryan Never Said “Bottom Three”)
Jacob “Fizbo” Lusk
Scotty “Jimmy Hates Subtlety” McCreery
Casey “J.Lo Warned You About the Growling and Face-Pulling” Abrams
Last Two Left in Jeopardy
The Season 10 Top 6: Carole King Medley
Crystal Bowersox: “Ridin With the Radio”
Bruno Mars: “The Lazy Song”
And now that you’ve got the scoop, I’m going to get working on my full episode recap — look for it to post overnight here at TVLine.com. Until then, how are you feeling about Casey’s ouster? What kind of future do you see him having? Can you imagine buying his post-Idol music? Are you ultimately happy the judges used their save on him? Sound off below, and for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!