‘American Idol’: Adam Lambert Returns, Casey Abrams Hospitalized Again

Popular American Idol Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert returned to the show for last night’s Top 13 elimination round, where he performed a stripped down version of his For Your Entertainment jam “Aftermath.” And what we got in the aftermath of the episode was one less contestant, news that Casey Abrams was once again hospitalized and judge Jennifer Lopez having to watch her ex Diddy perform about 15 feet in front of her.

In addition to informing us that 30 million people voted after Wednesday night’s performances, Ryan Seacrest noted that Casey was missing from the group because he was “sick in the hospital.” Get well soon, Casey—this competition needs you!

There was an awful (naturally) group number where the 12 present contestants did a Michael Jackson medley, and then a slightly better Ford video where all 13 covered Starting Line’s “The World.”

Thankfully, Ryan then hopped to the good stuff: the first singer to be placed in the Bottom Three! Jacob Lusk, Stefano Langone and Karen Rodriguez are hauled out on stage, and, not suprisingly, it’s Karen who has to march to chairs and await the other two contestants who received the lowest number of votes.

After Rodriguez’s dismal performance of Selena‘s “I Could Fall In Love With You” the other night—which she blamed on “technical difficulties” (ha!)—we predicted she’d be the one to go. We were almost right.

Adam Lambert and his band then stepped out to whip up an impressive acoustic rendition of “Aftermath,” which is currently available on his website in remix form (part of the proceeds from which will go toward benefiting the Trevor Project).

Next Seacrest wrangled an extremely teary-eyed Lauren Alaina, Ashton Jones and Haley Reinhart front and center on the stage. Lauren, who said she watched her previous night’s performance and thought it “sucked,” could have saved the tears, though, because she’s safe. Ashton and Haley are sent to join Karen in the Bottom Three.

Diddy-Dirty Money rolled on stage to perform their hit “Coming Home.” And while we were denied any flare-ups of possible longstanding cattiness between Puff and J.Lo, we were given another rare glimpse of the gothed-out Skylar Grey, who sings the chorus on the song and co-wrote it. She accompanied the group live on piano.

Finally, we found out who’s going to be singing “I’m coming home” themselves today: Ashton Jones. She was given one more chance to sing Diana Ross‘ “When You Tell Me That You Love Me” in a bid to sway the judges toward using their one “save” of the season on her.

Alas, Lopez was left to tell her, “Not this time, baby. I’m sorry.”

And then there were 12. Well, maybe only 11, with the case of Casey. Though we truly wish him a speedy recovery. If anyone is deserving of making it far in this competition, it’s that guy.

What did you think of Adam and Diddy’s performances? And was America right in sending Ashton home?

  • Charles

    What did I think of Adam Lambert’s and Diddy’s performances? They sucked big time!

  • CNB

    Adam’s performance of acoustic “Aftermath” was absolute PERFECTION and so was he! He was thrilled to meet HIS Idol, Steven Tyler, and graciously met and hugged all of the Idol contestants. Adam is a beautiful man inside and outside!

  • CNB

    YOU suck big time!

  • MaryL

    Adam’s performance was incredible as usual. Not a Diddy fan so I didn’t even stay tuned for his song.

  • ML

    Diddy was Diddy – was fine. Skylar Grey was great ‘tho, glad she got the exposure. Glad Lambert got the exposure too – that dude’s so freakin’ good, get on board people, you’re missing out. You don’t have to love every little thing about Lambert, but damn that guy is… well hell, just entertaining. Hope Lambert sells some tracks of his Billboard Aftermath Remix so the Trevor Project can catch some cash from it. I guess it’s only available on AdamOfficial right now, that’s where I bought the track, but iTunes eventually too, which I think will be good for Trevor Project as well. I guess America got the elimination correct… but there’s a certain demographic of America that is sitting home actually CALLING more than other segments of the true American demograhic, so I don’t fret too much about what they do with their votes. The contestants just have to make every single second they stay count -kinda like Lambert did I suppose – ’cause it’s hard outside the Idol bubble, and radio stations aint playing more than a very short list of money-makers.

  • http://muchmusic.com Tania

    Anyone who says that Adam’s performance sucked big time has deep inner issues they have to deal with! Adam sang flawless, showed us why the world loves him, looked gorgeous and this song is amazing, I love it!!

  • indigo

    Adam Lambert was perfection, Not into P Diddy’s music style. Adam was flawless and proceeds go to Trevor project, he got the biggest heart,so far he has encouraged fans to give in charities and so far all charities together thye have donated almost a million dollars, now that is a class and perfection.

  • Tracy

    Adam’s performance of acoustic Aftermath was amazing. To me he is the best singer in the world.

  • glamouse

    Adam’s performance was gloriously inspiring and beautiful. The Idol stage hasn’t heard talent that good since, well, since the last time Adam sang there. I heard he got a standing ovation too. And from the looks of it the contestants enjoyed meeting him. Not a Diddy fan at all but I kind of like that song Coming Home. Skylar Grey has a lovely voice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Butler/100000140056576 Julie Butler

    ML, your comment about radio stations not playing more than a short list of money makers is ABSOLUTELY correct. When are people going to realize that if radio doesn’t play you, you don’t sell tracks, and you could fade into oblivion. That’s why I always laugh at the people who would sell their soul to win Idol as if they will become the biggest superstar ever. Look at many of the winners, and look at the others who DID NOT come off Idol.

  • ambella

    Adam was amazing, class act as always, total perfection, but am I the only one who think that Ryan was playing some kind of joke when he said the he dougies to the Aftermath remix. He got the remix the day before and yet he did not remember how to dougie when JLo asked him to do it. He said so himself in the after the show interview. Made me wonder if “do the dougie” has some kind of other meaning.

  • http://www.steeltropics.com/ Tom

    Adam truly is a great vocalist. He always brings a great performance

  • Summer

    ADAM LAMBERTS VOCALS, sitting on a chair…just his extraordinary, phenomenal VOICE..WOW!! There’s is no denying that Adam is the most exciting performer on the planet..No one can go toe to toe with ADAM LAMBERT and sing or entertain…He is truly one of a kind already and can never be COPIED!! Trying to COPY Adam will only make you look like a Fool…I have never been more excited about a singer/performer in my lifetime..And seeing and hearing Adam live is So incredible, because his powerful, other-worldly voice just penetrates and saturates your soul….it is such an experience to hear that VOICE LIVE!!! Everyone should buy the Glamantion DVD, but know it is only a “Taste” of what it is to see him LIVE….It will Blow your mind!
    Adam’s “ROCKET” it just getting off the ground…but no one in history has done what Adam has in the 2 years since he arrived on the “Scene” 122 sold out worldwide concerts…and if Adam toured again this summer..he would SELL OUT AGAIN..EVERYWHERE HE GOES!! He will continue to sell out..there will be no putting out ADAM’S FIRE…

  • Renogirl

    Adam always takes your breathe away. He looked amazing as usual. And I agree with Summer that Adam Live Is an Experience you will never forget. I am just in awe of his talent.

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