Monday, April 4, 2011

American Idol's Casey Abrams Performs "Your Song" on Top 11 Revived

Casey Abrams, American Idol Season 10's true original, leaps back to the top of the pack with "Your Song". Idol contestants took on the classic music of the legendary Sir Elton John in this week's 'Top 11 Revived' Show.

Jimmy Iovine, Interscope Records Chairman and Producer, came down really hard on Casey about last week's performance, asking, "Do you know what was wrong with that performance? Everything." He was so harsh with Casey because he knows what an amazing singer Casey can be. "Casey went from a guy who was killing them every week, to kill himself. The judges saved him, so now it's time for him to come back and earn that." Last week, Casey seemed overly cocky; all his quirks that were cute before had become over-exaggerated. I believe that if Casey goes back to being humble, we will all fall in love with him again!

The big reveal: Casey trimmed his hair and the scraggly beard. He's back to looking like the 'Sexy Beast', rather than the Homeless Hippie. I was never a great fan of "Your Song"; then I fell in love with Ewan McGregor's version in Moulin Rouge. I couldn't wait to see how Casey would interpret it. Beautiful! Casey left all the theatrics in last week's trash heap, and just let his pure voice shine through. "My gift is my song," Casey sang, and he gave it all he had. Even though he sang the song very tenderly, he still managed to get in that sexy growl and rasp we all love. The audience went wild with cheering. Randy Jackson praised, "One of the greatest saves we’ve ever had on the show. That performance, hearing you sing but not lose all of who the Casey is that makes you different, was absolutely brilliant. That was so nice, and so tender. Very nice choice. Well done man." Steven Tyler concurred, "One of the finest moments on this show was putting you through. If not but for the last two notes of that song, that was the most beautiful...if that's the only two notes you sang, you would have gotten a standing ovation. True artist." Jennifer Lopez added, "One decision I didn’t lose one ounce of sleep over was saving you. You proved why tonight, with the character in your voice. It was very Casey."

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