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American Idol sends Casey Abrams home, are judges being too nice?

By Kim I. Hartman     Apr 28, 2011 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - American Idol fans were treated to a night of songs from the catalog of the legendary songwriter, singer and musician, Carole King, when the Top Six gave their weekly performances on the hit show.
Ryan Seacrest opened the show by saying American Idol fans were going to be disappointed with this week's results.
The Top Six continued with the theme of the week by performing a medley of songs from the Carole King collection, which brought them much praise the night before from American Idol judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.
The American Idol judges have been accused of being too nice to the contestants this season. People Magazine said "The minutes of each episode are swallowed up with woozy niceness. No show should have more than one Paula (Abdul). Idol has three."
"Viewers appreciate and enjoy hearing from these showbiz professionals, yet the judges often give the impression they've just sat through an encore of the Von Trapp's singing "Edelweiss," said People. "They are acting now more like celebrity mentors or coaches, instead of judges.
And this has left fans confused, as to who deserves their coveted votes each week, as Seacrest alluded to at the top of the show.
In random order, Seacrest called the Idols to the stage to hear the results of the nationwide voting.
Haley Rinehart, who played on her strengths by singing "Beautiful," was the first to hear the news she was safe this week. Scotty McCreery performed "You've Got a Friend," Lauren Alaina, sang "Where You Lead" and the growling Casey Abrams, who entertained the Idol audience with "Hi-De-Ho That Old Sweet Roll," a song King recorded and was then made even more famous by Blood, Sweat and Tears, were up next, but were sent back to the couch, without the fans decision, to await the results.
James Durbin, who was featured in an article today on Digital Journal, and who sang "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," showed the audience and fans his range of talent, and his efforts were rewarded as Seacrest pronounced him safe again this week.
Jacob Lusk, along with Lauren Alaina, Abrams and McCreery were called to center stage, to see what fate hung in the balance for the four hopefuls. Lusk, who struggled with his version of "Oh No Not My Baby," Alaina, and McCreery survived the cut and will have another week to show the judges and American Idol fans their talents.
Casey Abrams received the least number of votes after the nation spoke, said Seacrest, and was sent home after an encore of his performance of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You."
Fans of Abrams have lit-up Facebook, upset over his departure. The majority of fan comments have agreed with People Magazine, who said to the American Idol judges, "Judges, do a little more judging, along with the hugging," so fans will have more guidance from the music industry when casting their votes.
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