Should the Judges Have Saved Casey Abrams?

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Casey Abrams saw his life flash before his eyes last night. His American Idol life, that is.

The bearded singer was surprisingly voted out by fans, following a lackluster Motown cover on Wednesday. Like the finalists before him, Casey was then given the chance to sing one more time in front of the judges in order to convince them to use their one-time "save" and keep him around.

And it worked! In a decision that left Abrams visibly stunned - and audibly cursing at one point, watch the clip below - J. Lo, Randy and Steven told the contestant he was safe.

Two finalists will now be voted off next Thursday, and this summer's Idol Live tour will include 11 singers instead of the customary 10.

Did the judges make the right decision?

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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]