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American Idol, The Day After: Top 6 Results Night Dish

Lyndsey Parker
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Last night, Casey Abrams was eliminated from "American Idol"--this time for good, five weeks after America voted him off the first time but the judges wisely decided to save him. (Yes, I still think that was a good decision, although Pia Toscano's diehard fans might ardently disagree with me.) Despite the fact that Casey had been on the chopping block before, his exit in sixth place was still a bit of a shocker, considering that Jacob "Banana Peel Status" Lusk, who was widely predicted to go home this week (and, um, last week), was safe. Even more surprising? That fan favorite Scotty McCreery also appeared to be in the bottom two.

Keep in mind I say "appeared to be," because technically, ANYONE could have been in the bottom last night. Since Ryan Seacrest said he was reading the results "at random," it was unclear if Scotty was really ever at risk, or if the producers had just put him next to Casey for dramatic effect. Well, if it was the latter...then congrats, Nigel Lythgoe, because it worked. Just seeing supposed shoo-in Scotty standing there with Casey, waiting to find out if he stayed or went, was a real nail-biting moment--and a reminder that there is no true shoo-in this season, and this is still very much anybody's game.

Considering that Carole King Night was the first time that Scotty really mixed it up stylistically, my Yahoo! Entertainment colleague Matt Whitfield and I are just going to assume this was indeed the first week that he was in any sort of genuine jeopardy. Going with that theory is a lot more fun for our debate purposes, anyway...and unless we figure out a way to break into the magical vault where Nigel Lythgoe stores those hermetically sealed "Idol" votes, we will never know the truth. Just go with it, okay? Humor us. After all, in a season when even Pia can go home in NINTH place, it's actually not that far-fetched a theory.

Anyhoo, watch us chat about Scotty's chances, and about Casey's awesome exit (Best. Exit. Ever.), in today's exciting, highly speculative, and melodica-enhanced edition of "The Day After"!

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