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SomethingPitchy Backstage With the Idols: Casey James and Michael Lynche (VIDEO)

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 29th 2010 1:31PM
Big Mike Lynche Casey JamesSomethingPitchy's backstage interviews with the 'American Idol' top 10 continues today with hunky rocker Casey James and the always hilarious Michael "Big Mike" Lynche.

First up, we found out how Casey is feeling after battling allergies at the start of the tour, how he picked his tour set list and, in an impulsive move from host Andy Scott, just how tall he really is.

Then, Gaby sat down with Big Mike to talk about his hilarious tour video series, Late Night Sandwich, Aaron Kelly on Redbull and, yes, Tim Urban's pecs. (We had to sneak that in there somehow.)

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Casey James on Singing With Bret Michaels and Taking His Shirt Off on Tour

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 23rd 2010 2:00PM
Casey JamesCasey James made an early splash on this season of 'American Idol' when he took off his shirt during his now-infamous audition.

Quickly, though, the 28-year-old Texan proved to be more than just a hot bod, thanks to such memorable performances as 'Jealous Guy' during Lennon/McCartney week.

Last week, the third-place finisher gave TV Squad an update on rehearsals for the Idols Live! tour, which kicks off Jul. 1 in Auburn Hills, MI. Read on to find out what he's planning for his upcoming album, what it was like to sing with Bret Michaels and whether he'll actually take his shirt off on tour.

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Casey James Talks Taking His Shirt Off and Working With Kara After 'Idol'

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted May 21st 2010 2:15PM
Casey JamesCasey James wooed America from day one when judge Kara DioGuardi asked him to let his hair down and take his shirt off during his audition. (Okay, we also felt a little bad for him.)

But somehow, the blond guitarist took that notably skimpy audition and turned it into a third place 'Idol' finish.

James sang 'Daughters' by John Mayer, chosen for him by the judges, and 'Okay, It's Alright With Me' by Eric Hutchinson for his last performance show. In the past, he wowed us with a beautiful cover of John Lennon's 'Jealous Guy' that became his shining moment.

Though he won't be following Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze to the finale, James carved a place for himself in the hearts of cougars and little girls everywhere -- but he wants you to know he's definitely more than just a heartthrob.

James talked to reporters about growing up without a television, keeping his ego in check and the motorcycle accident that nearly killed him six years ago.

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Final Two Advance on 'Idol,' Loser Handles Third Place Well (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 19th 2010 11:57PM
See the moment when two contestants realize their dreams are within reach, and a third realizes it's time to go home empty handed.

Watch the elimination and reaction after the jump.

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'American Idol' Results May 19: Who's in the Top 2?

by Donald Deane, posted May 19th 2010 10:00PM
Who was voted off 'American Idol'? Casey James went home after singing 'Okay, It's Alright With Me' by Eric Hutchinson and 'Daughters' by John Mayer, which means Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze made the Top 2 and will compete in the finale.

No doubt, James is pretty to look at and plays a mean guitar, but our biggest criticism is that he has a real problem connecting emotionally with his songs and the audience. And, while his voice is adequate enough, he's got an odd, trilling vibrato that leaves us cold. Voters, it seems, had their own issues with James as they voted him off over Bowersox and DeWyze Wednesday night.

Watch Casey's elimination after the jump.

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MJ's Take on the Top 3: Let's Crown Lee DeWyze Now and Get it Over With

by MJ Santilli, posted May 19th 2010 9:53AM
Should we just give Lee DeWyze the crown now and be done with it? Seriously, who would have imagined, at the beginning of the 'American Idol' live shows, that Lee would be in a position where he could take it all?

In every interview the judges gave before the season started, 'American Idol' season 9 was heralded as a girls' year. And for a while, it seemed as if the most talented female, Crystal Bowersox, would win this season handily. But the last few weeks have seen contender, Lee DeWyze coming up in her rear-view mirror, and he may have overtaken her tonight.

Of course, Lee had a little help from his mentor this week, Simon Cowell, who picked Lee's song for the Judges' Choice round.

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'American Idol' - 'Three Finalists Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 18th 2010 11:59PM
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I've got to say, I'm pleasantly surprised by this Top 3. Crystal, Casey and Lee are performing tonight, and I honestly can't think of any other contestants I would rather be in their place. There's no real theme tonight, but each contestant is singing two songs: one that they picked, and one that the judges chose for them.

It's always pretty interesting to see how each song choice goes over. Generally the ones they choose for themselves kind of suck, because they end up being more indulgent. The best performances this season have often been with songs that weren't necessarily in the contestant's wheelhouse -- it helps keep things unexpected.

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'American Idol' - 'One of Six Eliminated' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 28th 2010 10:01PM
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Here's my deal: We need to have a Crystal/Casey finale, and Siobhan needs to go tonight. While the judges loved her, my ears told me that she sounded like a cat being mauled to death last night. I honestly do not understand the praise that is being heaped upon her. I'd be just as happy if Aaron the wedding singer left, but even I can admit that he hasn't had a bad performance in several weeks.

But no matter who actually goes tonight, one thing's for certain: there's going to be about 50 minutes of filler leading up to it. Tonight, we get Rascal Flatts, Shakira, vampires, emo violinists, and a whole lot of other things that only the evil geniuses behind 'Idol' can dream up in an effort to stretch 5 minutes of show into an hour.

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'American Idol' - 'Top Six Compete' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:24PM
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There are six contestants left on 'American Idol,' and everyone did really well tonight, which means it's anyone's guess who will go home. After noting that a whopping $45 million was raised on 'Idol Gives Back' last week, Ryan Seacrest introduced this week's mentor, Shania Twain, and we got right into the performances.

Lee DeWyze, 'You're Still the One.' Per Shania's suggestion, Lee starts the song with just voice and piano, adding in guitar later. It sounds a little forced to me, but I like the ending. Randy Jackson says it's one of his favorite songs of all time, and Lee found a way to make it his own. Ellen DeGeneres agrees, saying "you couldn't look cuter" and "all aboard the Shania Twain!" Kara DioGuardi likes that Lee cracked a smile a few times, and Simon Cowell thinks it was "absolutely the perfect song" for Lee. Then Simon and Kara started arguing about whether Lee smiled or had some other weird facial thing going on. He was smiling! He's still just a little nervous!

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'American Idol' - 'Idol Gives Back/1 of 7 Voted Off' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 21st 2010 11:09PM
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It's "Inspiration Week" on 'American Idol,' which means the Idols sang inspirational songs on Tuesday, and 'Idol Gives Back' was on tap for tonight. It's truly amazing how much this charitable endeavor helps people around the globe. It's not easy to see all of the suffering going on in the world -- especially the children -- but it's really easy to pick up the phone and make a small donation that could save a kid's life.

Tonight, celebrities reported on the huge malaria problem in Africa; Save the Children; a food bank in Monrovia, Calif.; and global health, among others. At the end of the show, Simon Cowell reported that $15 million had been raised during the two hours the show aired. That's awesome. For more info and to learn how you can give, check out 'Idol Gives Back.'

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'American Idol' - 'Seven Finalists Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2010 10:23PM
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This season has actually gone by pretty quickly for me. Top 7? That's completely nuts, yet here we are. Plus, we get a bitchin' mentor this week: Alicia Keys. The theme this week is the nebulous, "songs of inspiration," which could either be completely ridiculous or pretty cool.

Unfortunately, it's a little bit more of the former instead of the latter. I don't know what it is, but when left to basically their own devices, these guys aren't very good at picking songs. Just about everybody gave pretty much a "take it or leave it" performance. Of course, it wouldn't be 'Idol' if there wasn't a standout or two in the crowd.

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'American Idol' - 'Two of 9 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 14th 2010 11:22PM
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After Big Mike's dramatic save last week, this show is being set up to be super-intense. Not only have the judges used their only save, but as the title indicates, two people are going home. But before that, we need a lot of filler. We have performances by Brooke White and Adam Lambert, which wow -- I enjoyed Brooke when she was on the show, but I can honestly say I haven't thought of her since.

We don't start off the show with any of this. Instead, we start off with the longest Elvis medley ever. It was so long, in fact, that I'm pretty sure they sang every single Elvis song ever written, four songs written by Elvis impersonators, and a verse from "Allison," just to round things out a little bit.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 9 Compete ... Again' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 14th 2010 4:08AM
American Idol, Casey James, Elvis Week"My tongue is not nearly as talented as yours." - Ryan Seacrest to Adam Lambert

It was an interesting night on 'American Idol,' as that statement suggests. Obviously, Ryan was talking about Adam's tongue action while singing, but when he said it, Adam's eyebrows went up. He and Ryan would make a cute couple, wouldn't they?

Anyway, Ryan's mom was in the audience, too, which made things even more interesting. That and the fact that after Big Mike's save last week -- which I'm thankful for -- the Idols are definitely feeling the pressure. Two -- count 'em, two -- people will be sent packing this week.

Based on the performances, I'm guessing they won't be the ones we predict. Meaning that Tim Urban and Andrew Garcia will still be here after tonight. Ok, maybe not Andrew.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 9 Results Show' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 8th 2010 3:05AM
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Ryan Seacrest started off the show with "Prepare yourself for a surprise or two," and we definitely got that. Based on your comments on my 'Who Will Win 'American Idol'? post a few days ago, it's really anyone's game at this point. And I mean, anyone, from the shoe-ins like Crystal Bowersox and Siobhan Magnus to the dark horses like Tim Urban and Andrew Garcia. After this week's performance show, Kona thinks Casey James also falls into that dark horse category, and I agree.

After a message about Idol Gives Back, a group medley of Lennon/McCartney tunes, and a Ford commercial (kaleidoscope fun!), we got to the results.

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Is Casey James the Dark Horse of 'American Idol'?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 7th 2010 10:30AM
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Pretty boys don't do it for me. Long, flowing locks aren't what generally draws me to a guy. As a result, I was never particularly drawn to 'American Idol' contestant, Casey James. Of course I understood the attraction on an intellectual level -- I do have eyes after all, and he is a very pretty man. But throughout the first half of this season of 'Idol,' he remained little more than a background player to me.

Casey was talented enough, but he never knocked my socks off. I figured that he'd stick around for a while because he's good-looking and he doesn't stink up the stage with his performances, but that after a while, he'd be swept up in a cloud of blond hair and sparkling teeth and he'd become nothing but a distant, blue-eyed memory. That all changed this week, however, when he performed 'Jealous Guy.' All the sudden, I was sitting in front of my TV and a random thought struck me: "I kind of want to make out with him."

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