Our favorite upright bass-playing, beard-sporting jazz aficionado, Casey Abrams, received the lowest votes for the second time during his tenure on American Idol, but last night, he didn’t have another Judges’ Save to keep him on the show. Season 10′s quirkiest contestant was voted off, but he didn’t leave the Idol stage before giving the best kiss-off send-off in the history of the competition. Watch Casey say his goodbyes, and check out Bruno Mars and Idol alumni Crystal Bowersox perform below.
Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox brought the studio down with “Ridin’ With The Radio” from her debut album.
Bruno Mars also performed “The Lazy Song”, a song we really could live without being an official single.
And Casey had a great send-off, kissing everyone on his way out while singing “I Put A Spell On You”, this time without his upright bass. (Yes, he even laid a wet one on Steven, who looks about ready to punch him.)
We already miss Casey. Had he won, he would have been the most Taylor Hicks-esque winner to come out of the show since the Soul Patrol king – and maybe have just as much difficulty finding success post-Idol - but he was always a hoot to watch, and gave some of the more entertaining performances. (We can thank him for bringing Nirvana to Idol.) Hey, at least he’ll be on the tour!
And we bet Haley will certainly miss him, too – as insinuated by Casey directing the lyric “Because you’re mine” at Hayley, can we finally confirm the rumor that these two are an item?