Lucky 13? Maybe not so much, Randy.
Last night, American Idol's Top 13 took the stage for their first performance show and, well, let's just say not all wannabes are created equal. Some were good, some were grisly, but only a handful were great. And of them, the most memorable was easily Casey Abrams.
Taking on Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends," the fuzzy goofball with the passing resemblance to Seth Rogen scorched it up (after a cheesy start, sitting on those giant Idol steps) by not impersonating Cocker's jerky style or haggard rasp. Instead, Abrams crawled right in to the song, hitting notes like a pro and leaving his own soul-smudged fingerprints all over it. As J-Lo said, we felt it.
However, for all his fire and obvious vocal abilities, there could be trouble ahead for Casey: His wheelhouse seems to be way more old-school than Idol usually asks of its contestants. Sure there was Taylor Hicks, but the less said about him, the better. Can Casey handle newer fare? Sooner or later, the word "relevant" is gonna get tossed around and it's kind of hard to claim relevance holding an upright bass and rocking a 30-year-old song selection.
What do you think? Was Casey the best last night? And who's your pick to go home tonight?