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The pressure was on Casey Abrams last night.

Following his shocking save on Thursday, the American Idol contestant had to prove the judges made the right choice. Did he succeed?

We think so. Abrams toned down some of his typical antics and performed a tender cover of "Your Song." Randy went a little overboard with his praise, likely in an effort to justify the panel's decision to keep Casey around. This was a perfectly solid rendition.

But was it really "absolutely brilliant," as the Dawg decreed?

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Casey Abrams might still be in shock. The same goes for American Idol viewers, who didn't expect the judges to use their one save on him so early in the season.

But that they did last week, a decision Jennifer Lopez says she's fine with.

"We knew that it was kind of a radical decision because it was so early in the season, but to be quite honest... that is one decision that I haven't lost one ounce of sleep over," the singer told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show today.

He's Safe!

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Okay... but why Abrams?

"[Casey] is one of our most dynamic performers. He's so interesting and so talented," Lopez told the American Idol host. "I know it's crazy, but we had to do it!"

Now, of course, the decision is out of Lopez and the judges' hands. Best of luck choosing the winner, viewers!

"I really feel we put 11 amazing contestants in front of them, and now it's [about] who their favorite is, who's going to be their American Idol," concluded J. Lo. "I didn't realize I was going to fall in love with the contestants the way I have and feel for them the way I do."

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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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Casey Abrams made American Idol history last night.

The bearded, talented finalist became the first contestant to ever cover a Nirvana single, putting his unique spin on "Smells Like Teen Spirit." It wasn't the greatest performance of the evening - that honor likely fell to Stefano Langone - but you have to give Casey props to taking such a risk.

The judges and the crowd certainly did. What did you make of this heavy metal rendition?

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For the second time in a week, Casey Abrams was hospitalized with ulcerative colitis last night.

The American Idol finalist missed the latest results show - in which Ashthon Jones was sent home - as Ryan Seacrest told viewers: "Wave to him. We know you're watching, buddy. Feel better. Shout out to the nurses. Get back here soon, okay?"

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Fortunately, it looks like Casey will do just that. After receiving a blood transfusion at the hospital, Abrams Tweeted: "Hey guys, thanks for the well wishes, I got some nice fresh blood in me and feeling better. People at Idol & Cedars are treatin me real good."

The Idols will take to the stage again on Wednesday night, covering songs from the years they were born.

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Prior to his performance on American Idol last night, Casey Abrams was told by Jimmy Iovine:"You can't sing like [Joe Cocker] and be casual."

At this point, though, we can safely say that Casey will never have an issue with being casual.

The Seth Rogen lookalike put on another unique performance with "A Little Help From My Friends," howling and shouting, yet remaining on key and even dropping in a falsetto when we least expected it. If the goal is to stand out, Abrams has accomplished it well through two weeks. Sum the singer up for us, Steven Tyler:

"You are a rainbow of talent, man. You are a plethora of passion."

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The concluding, standing ovation-inducing performance of Casey Abrams on American Idol last night almost never happened.

This semifinalist was holed up in a hospital late last week, teetering on the edge of disqualification when he came close to missing Friday's taping of the top 12 male performances.

But Casey rallied, and season 10 is clearly better off for it. The crooner delivered an unusual, sharp, entertaining rendition of "I Put a Spell on You," growing, hissing and howling throughout, before ending on a relaxed high note. Both literally and figuratively. It was the ideal exclamation on an evening that showcased a variety of skills and voices.

Enjoy the performance below.

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American Idol revealed its top 24 contestants last night.

Looking ahead, the remaining 12 men will compete Tuesday night, the remaining 12 women will do the same Wednesday - and the first live results episode of the season will take place on Thursday.

American Idol Top Eight

But let's look even farther ahead: two of the dozen males to have made it this far are Casey Abrams and Jovany Barreto. The pair couldn't be much different, with Casey looking and acting a bit like Seth Rogen and Barreto rocking a set of abs that would make The Situation jealous.

Compare what you know about each of these hopefuls now and decide: Which has the best chance of winning?

And the Winner is?

Casey Abrams or Jovany Barreto? It's early, but take a guess as to which of these males will advance farther on American Idol season 10. View Poll »

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Looking like Seth Rogen and sounding a bit like Seth Rogen, Casey Abrams scatted his way through an American Idol audition in Austin last night.

What did the judges think of his unique performance? Sum it up for us, Steven: "That was sick good."

In the three-minute video below, we get to know this 19-year old film camp employee a bit better. Did he deserve his ticket to Hollywood? Watch him cover Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor" and you tell us.