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American Idol continues to be an emotional roller coaster this season. Thursday night packed a shocking twist when Casey Abrams, a favorite amongst the Idol judges, faced elimination after earning the fewest viewer votes of any contestant.
The 20-year-old baby-faced singer tried to pull himself together for a performance of "Don't Need No Doctor" in the hopes that Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler would save him from being sent home. But the judges cut his performance short, and gave it to him straight.
"We know who you are, Casey," Jackson said. "We don't need to hear you anymore, do we Steven?"
"We made a decision to keep you on," the Aerosmith rocker replied.
A stunned Abrams asked, "Are you kidding? Oh my God! It's unreal. I started singing and the fact that you cut it scared the stuff out of me!" Indeed, Abrams -- who has been has been hospitalized twice this season already -- looked like he might faint. Luckily, he held it together, soaking in the fact that the judges had used the one save they get all season to rescue him from elimination. Entertainment Weekly has exclusive video here.
Stefano Langone, J.Lo's flirty frend, was also in the bottom two with Abrams, but he will also be returning to the stage next week -- when two singers from the top 11 will be sent home. And, now that the judges can't save anyone, whoever gets voted off, stays off.