‘American Idol’: Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder And Sugarland Perform

Thia Megea, Stefano Langone and Casey Abrams ended up in the bottom three on last night’s American Idol results show after viewers cast their votes on who should shape the Top 10. And while we weren’t surprised at Langone’s inclusion at the low end of the scale, it was Casey who proved to be the biggest shock—particularly when he was announced to be the one with the lowest votes.

Granted, as we noted yesterday, Abrams’ screechy performance of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” on Wednesday night’s Motown-themed round really did nothing to impress us. And perhaps it’s a sour taste that’s been building for America since his also-screamy rendition of Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” the week prior.

At any rate, Casey was offered one last chance to sing for the judges (he opted for his audition tune, Ray Charles‘ “I Don’t Need No Doctor”). And that’s when Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler opted to use their one-time save this season, to keep Abrams in the competition.

“We were wondering when we heard the results, ‘Why is Casey at the bottom?’ We don’t know. You deserve to be here,” said a stunned J.Lo, while Steven Tyler added, “This is crazy wrong.” Reminder, folks: in the end, there’s only one winner.

Seasoned vet performers throughout the night included Motown legend Stevie Wonder, who appeared on stage as the Top 11 were wrapping up their medley number “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Little Stevie tore through his classic “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” then called Tyler up on stage and led the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to him.

And country duo Sugarland offered up their single “Stuck Like Glue” from their chart-topping album The Incredible Machine.

Idol‘s Season 3 Oscar/Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson also returned to the show’s stage, to belt out her soulful I Remember Me ballad “Where You At.”

Next week: plan to say goodbye to two contestants on elimination night.

  • JJ

    Jennifer “The Voice” Hudson performance was simply first classs last night on American Idol. She is really a true performer who command the stage with beautiful presence. I wish her much success in her album, it is a winner, because she is brings R & B back again which is missing so badly.

  • http://popmusicnotes.com John

    I really disliked Casey’s performance on Wednesday and I couldn’t understand why Jennifer and Randy were crawling up his butt to praise him for being an entertainer. I’ve given up on Steven saying anything constructive vocally unless someone says it first, so him saying the vocals were great meant nothing to me.

    In the end, the judges got it wrong. Casey’s got talent, but he’s not an American Idol. If he was American Idol material, Jennifer would know who Ryan Adams is, because he’d be a superstar.

    • Robbie Daw

      I agree wholeheartedly! I kind of poured water on Casey’s performance in yesterday’s recap, and was not surprised with how the voting turned out at all. He was unique at first, but now it’s all gone kind of uncontrolled and screamy with him.

      Give me a Pia/Jacob finale!

      • Becky Bain

        No! Pia/James!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Hall/1179383854 Brandon Hall

          Uhm, Pia/Casey ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Hall/1179383854 Brandon Hall

    Did anyone else catch Ryan calling Jennifer Hudson the first American Idol “winner” to have an Oscar? And am I the only one who thought Jennifer looked mad as hell while she was performing? I’m personally not liking what I’m hearing from this new album of hers

    I knew Casey was in for trouble, I’m glad they saved him, though I now wonder what he can do long term even if he does manage to win, I see the industry turning him into a very generic pop rocker, I almost think its best for him to not win I believe he could rise from the shadows to be a success without wining he;d have much more freedom.

    Sugarland was simply amazing! I loved that performance to death.

    Natalie is still there, so sick of that basic chick sliding by.