American Idol Recap: Go Home, Casey James!

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We don't mean to be harsh with our headline. At least not too harsh.

But this lackluster season of American Idol can at least be redeemed by the fact that next week's finale will be one of the hardest to gauge in show history. If viewers do the right thing and vote out Casey James tonight, that is.

Kara's crush simply doesn't have the versatility needed come out on top. He underwhelmed last night with both "OK, It's Alright With Me" (his selection) and John Mayer's "Daughters" (the judge's choice for him) and deserves to be eliminated.

This would leave it to Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, two finalists that should be neck-and-neck after their most recent performances.

DeWyze put on the best of the evening, and one of the best of the season, with "Hallejulah." He's been coming on strong over the last few weeks, while Crystal hasn't been able to match the magic of last month's "People Get Ready."

Below, we rank the six songs played throughout the hour:

  1. Lee DeWyze, Hallelujah
  2. Crystal Bowersox, Maybe I'm Amazed
  3. Lee DeWyze, Simple Man
  4. Crystal Bowersox, Come to My Window
  5. Casey James, Daughters
  6. Casey James, OK, It's Alright With Me

Which performance was your favorite? And is there any chance Casey upsets one of these two and advances to next week's finale?

Crystal at the Mic
Sorry, Casey
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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]