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Lee DeWyze may have won American Idol last night, but Bret Michaels stole the show.

The recovering rocker appeared on stage with Casey James and sang a duet of his classic, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Despite recent health problems, Bret looked right at home in front of the thousands in attendance.

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Other artists on the season nine finale included: Christina Aguilera; every past American Idol champion (except David Cook), who sang together in honor of Simon Cowell; and Janet Jackson.

Check out their performances below. Which was your favorite?

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American Idol fans are already excited about Adam Lambert's upcoming tour.

Now, Fox has given them something else for which they'll need to clear their calendars: the dates and locations of this summer's Idol finalists' tour. When will Crystal Bowersox and company be in your area? Find out now...

  • 7/1    Auburn Hills, MI    Palace of Auburn Hills
  • 7/2    Milwaukee, WI    Summerfest
  • 7/3    Grand Rapids, MI    Van Andel Arena
  • 7/5    Hamilton, ON    Copps Coliseum
  • 7/7    Wantagh, NY    Nikon at Jones Beach
  • 7/10    Atlantic City, NJ    Mark G. Etess Arena
  • 7/11    Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia Center
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  • 7/13    Uncasville, CT    Mohegan Sun Arena
  • 7/14    Manchester, NH    Verizon Wireless Arena
  • 7/15    Hershey, PA    Giant Center
  • 7/17    Albany, NY    Times Union Center
  • 7/18    Mansfield, MA    Comcast Center

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When Casey James auditioned for American Idol in Denver, he was asked to remove his shirt. The judges, especially Kara DioGuardi and Victoria Beckham, wanted to take a close look at this contestant.

If only producers had done the same.

Radar Online reports that James has a criminal background and has actually served time in county jail. His offenses include: driving while intoxicated, driving with an invalid license and reckless driving.

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In November 2001, the aspiring singer pled guilty to reckless driving, was fined $200 and spent 30 days in jail.

Then, in December 2002, he was arrested for DUI and operating a vehicle with an invalid license. He pled guilty again and was sentenced to 105 total days in jail.

Does this make Casey a bad person? Of course not. But you'd think American Idol would avoid featuring any contestant with a criminal record, even if he does have a body that DioGuardi and Beckham openly swooned over.

James isn't the only rumored semifinalist with a scandalous past. Todrick Hall came under fire a few years ago for possibly scamming a few families out of thousands of dollars.

Should Idol cut James loose? You tell us.

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With an original song, and a controversial background, Todrick Hall was featured on last night's Dallas-based audition episode of American Idol.

But there was another contestant in the city that impressed the judges enough to garner a ticket to Hollywood, despite not appearing on the actual episode:*

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Casey James is a Fort Worth resident and the lead singer and guitarist of The Casey James band. It features his brother Billy and a friend named Jacy McCann.

Sources state that James has advanced to this season's top 24, which will be announced on February 17. There's good reason to believe that rumor: all YouTube performances by the singer have been removed, a common step taken by American Idol producers for a contestant that advances in Hollywood.

For now, all we can offer is the following photo of Casey, as well as the news that he'll likely be features on this Wednesday's "Best of the Rest" audition installment.

* UPDATE: James does hail from Texas, but was actually shown on the Denver audition episode, which aired on February 2.