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'Idol' Shocker: Casey Abrams saved from elimination and top 11 will tour

AMERICAN IDOL: Casey Abrams is saved on AMERICAN

AMERICAN IDOL: Casey Abrams is saved on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, March, 24. 2011. Pictured L-R: Ryan Seacrest and Casey Abrams. Credit: Fox

Nigel Lythgoe tweeted earlier today that there would be some shocking news on tonight’s show.
Shocking is putting it mildly -- we were stunned and speechless.
After over 30 million votes were cast, Casey Abrams, Stefano Langone and Thia Megia were the bottom three, with the latter two being told they were safe.
Even Newsday’s panel of prognosticators was way off in the predictions of tonight’s results --no one even had Casey Abrams in their bottom three!
Casey was told to “sing for his life,” but after about 15 seconds into his song, the judges interrupted him, telling him that he didn’t have to prove himself to them, as they knew he could sing.
When Casey was told that he was being saved by the judges, it appeared that he was going to get sick or faint . . . a few expletives flew out of his mouth and the bleep sounded several times over the next few minutes.
Casey ran over to thank the judges . . . still in shock over what had transpired in the minutes before . . . he ran into the audience to hug his parents…everyone was very emotional, contestants, judges and the audience.
As the credits were rolling, host Ryan Seacrest announced the good news and the bad news: for the first time in "American Idol" history, the top 11 would be going on tour, but next week there will be two contestants eliminated.
With the pressure to make the tour off, the lucky 11 can now focus on delivering a stellar performance.

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