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'American Idol' Recap: Casey Abrams Back to Jazz Root, Gets Flirty With Haley Reinhart

April 28, 2011, 2:13 am GMT

The Texas native sings 'Hi-De-Ho' for his solo performance on Wednesday night, and shows the chemistry he has with Haley during their duet of 'I Feel the Earth Move'.



Top 6 finalists of "American Idol" returns this week with songs from Carole King's catalog. Since the number of contestants gets shrunk, the Wednesday live performance show featured them singing both solo and duet.

Jacob Lusk came out first with "Oh No, My Baby". He gave impression that he has sung it so many times. Jennifer Lopez said he killed it, while Steven Tyler gushed, "That was beautiful." Randy Jackson loved it too.

Lauren Alaina followed it up with "Where You Lead". Her performance was not too good, but J.Lo praised her for her effort, saying "I'm so proud of you right now...I felt you pushing." Steven also encouraged her, "Keep shining the way you do," but Randy pointed out what made it not work, "I don't know if I loved the song, especially for you...Continue to go hard for it."

The first duet of the night was Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams who performed "I Feel the Earth Move". The twosome showed a good chemistry on stage. Steven brought the romance rumor to the surface, saying that Casey is obviously falling in love with Haley. The rocker additionally commented their performance, "There wasn't anything about that I didn't like."

Scotty McCreery continued it with another solo. He picked "You've Got a Friend" which he brought in a slower version. Randy called it "flawless", before adding "You turned the other cheek from last week...Scotty's in it to win it." Steven thought it was the best of Scotty, while J.Lo stated, "For me the strength for you is always in the storytelling."

Later, James Durbin belted out "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", opening it with some a cappella verses. Steven said, "It was so beautiful," while J.Lo used the word "magical" to describe it. Randy, meanwhile, elaborated, "Tonight you proved that you're a great singer...That was incredible...This guy just might win the whole thing."

Next, it's time for Lauren and Scotty's duet. They brought "Up on the Roof" which sounded a little bit sleepy. Still, J.Lo had nothing but good words for their performance, gushing "It was beautiful."

Casey showed up on the stage again, this time performing his solo. He was going jazzy with "Hi-De-Ho", which stole the judges' hearts. Randy said he was excited every time Casey took the stage, and J.Lo chimed in, "I'd love to see you loosen up a little bit more." Steven added, "It was beautiful...You made my scalp itch, it was so good."

The last solo of the night was from Haley with "Beautiful". Despite some technical difficulties prior to her performance, she nailed it that night, so Steven claimed. J.Lo admitted, "You've got one of the best voices in this competition," but Randy pointed out a weak point of her performance, "I didn't love the beginning."

Jacob and James later teamed up to perform "I'm Into Something Good". They looked like an odd match, but the performance was not bad. The two guys had fun and temporarily serenaded J.Lo.

"American Idol" will return with a result show on Thursday, April 28.

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