Watch Casey Abrams freak out (in a good way) on ‘American Idol’

Casey Abrams, pre-freakout

Last night on "America Idol," history was made! OK, no it wasn’t. But it was still some damn fine television.

Casey Abrams has been of the most … unique artists in "American Idol" history. In the early going Casey simply blew up the competition, with a soulful "Why Don’t You Do Right By Me?" and a terrifying "I Put A Spell On You." But, save for a rage-tastic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that we still can’t figure out, he’d coasted in recent weeks, performing a stale "Heard It Through The Grapevine" on Wednesday night. But that didn’t matter: He was a lock to make the Top 3, right?

No! In a shocking twist, the former-front runner received the lowest number of votes from the American people. Pack your bags, Beardo! But wait — what about the judges’ save, that sadistic and time-wasting gimmick introduced a few seasons back? In theory, this would seem to be the ideal time to use it, but in practice the judges have never saved someone this early in the running. As Casey started to sing for his reality-show life, there was a modicum of actual, genuine drama on an "American Idol" results show, for the first time in years. And then this happened:

Sure, it may have been (slash-definitely-was) staged for our benefit, but come on. That is some quality TV right there.


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