Why did singer Casey Abrams get sent home, really?
Casey Abrams was voted off American Idol on April 28th, 2011 with judges saying that he was great but fans feeling like he might have been just a little bit too funky to win the title of American Idol. But do they have any questions about his talent? Nosiree. They think he’s a musician of note and believe that he’ll go far, possibly bringing jazz back into modern pop music culture. Just not THIS season.
This author would welcome the change. Casey Abrams himself has said that he wants to make jazz cool again, with influences like James Taylor, Ray Charles, and even Frank Sinatra, one of the hippest cats to ever grace a stage. But that just wasn’t enough for the judges or the audience, and so it’s goodbye to Casey Abrams.
But if being voted off American Idol, broke Abrams’ spirit at all, he certainly didn’t let it show. He sang “I Put a Spell on You” as his departure song, almost as if he had known he’d be voted off sooner or later but also knew he’d already hooked America on his style and presentation. He hugged the judges over the desk on his way out, singing as he went, and kissed and hugged ladies in the audience while he left.
Funny enough, he looked relieved and actually for the first time singing relaxed.
Even though he didn’t win — surely as disappointing a departure as that of former contestant and a judges favorite, Pia Toscano — the judges have no doubt that Casey Abrams is a rising star, and Casey, for all it’s worth seems to be just as certain, with a cool confidence that harbors no pretense about his abilities.
American idol was his first big step, and it’s sure that America will be watching to see where Casey Abrams goes next.
But more importantly, fans of American Idol are busy watching the live perfromances and judging the judges critiques — with one very important message coming clear this evening…
Everyone who knows about the American Idol process is feeling that the judges panel need to stop comparing each contestant’s perfromance at this level to their own personal improvement [meaning the contestents improving] and to begin to compare the competitors to one another.
Because there can be only one winner on American Idol — and America is voting people off who the judges think should still be on the hit television show competing until the final rounds.
Steven Tyler is fun to watch but he is way too soft.
Jennifer Lopez is an emotional wreck but sometimes comes off as “playing” to the audience. Is she acting or not?
Randy… his critiques have gotten insincere and pitchy himself.
Ryan Seacrest seems to be the only voice of critical reason on the show — and he;s just the host who occasionally makes a biting remark in the guise of a joke.
So, with Casey cone — who will be the next American Idol?
The way America is letting go of pure talent in favor of keeping mediocre talent going (with the exception of surprising everyone and being smart enough to keep Scotty and James Durbin on), no one knows.