Casey Abrams bowled over by early Idol save
By April MacIntyre Mar 25, 2011, 4:26 GMT
03/03/2011 - Casey Abrams - 2011 "American Idol" Finalist Party - Arrivals - Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA, USA © Andrew Evans / PR Photos
Touched and in shock, Idol contestant Casey Abrams was saved from elimination as the judges unanimously agreed he needed to stay after he received the fewest of America’s more than 30 million votes.
Abrams will continue in the competition as he takes the stage with the remaining finalists next week.
Season Three finalist and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson returned to the stage, and multi-platinum country music duo Sugarland also performed. A special performance by music legend Stevie Wonder to honor Steven Tyler’s birthday and an appearance by wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan capped the night.
On Wednesday, March 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 11 finalists – Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart and Pia Toscano – return to the stage to sing hits from the 1980s.
For the first time ever, the Top 11 will travel the country this summer as part of the “American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011.” Cities, venues and dates will be announced at a later date.
During the live results show on Thursday, March 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) tune in to find out who receives enough votes to stay in the competition and who is sent home. In addition, Season Three IDOL winner Fantasia will perform her latest hit, “Collard Greens & Cornbread,” and will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas and Academy Award and Grammy winner Jamie Foxx will perform their first-ever musical collaboration on the IDOL stage. The duo will sing “Hot Wings (I Wanna Party),” an
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