We went into the big city, and met the hottest “American Idol” singer…Casey James! 

From the beginning auditions,  “American Idol” judge Kara always thought Casey was so gorgeous and we have to agree. Throughout the season, Casey was very devoted to singing and one of the front runners.  Casey’s musical style combines the blues, R&B, and country.  Although he ended up finishing third place, Casey James is an inspiration to kids from all over who have dreams of performing.

We had the opportunity to meet Casey at the Essex House in Manhattan.  Sitting and waiting for Casey to arrive was the hardest part, but the hug he gave us all when we walked in made up for it.

When we sat down to ask our questions, we were each a little nervous, but he was so casual and comfortable answering our questions that it made it easy to talk to him. 

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He spoke the whole entire truth at all times, and even at one point he had to check with his publicist to make sure that he wasn’t revealing too much “behind the scenes” information.  Casey even answered questions about more personal information – his hairstyle routine, and of course, Kara!  No question was too personal for Casey!

"American Idol" contestant Casey James with Kidsday reporters, from left, Jenna Lyle, Erin Dougherty, Emily Feit and Maeve Fitzgerald in Manhattan Photo Credit: Newsday Photo/Pat Mullooly

Interviewing Casey was awesome, but then he was even cool enough to let us sing for him!  We sang “Don’t Stop Believing,” and by the end he was playing air guitar and acting as our backup singer.  If that wasn’t enough, he even made time in his busy schedule to take photos with us.  It was a spectacular night!