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Casey James Finally Releases Debut Music Video

Lyndsey Parker
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Casey James

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox have sadly already parted ways with their record labels, but there's still one great blonde hope for "American Idol" Season 9: third-placer Casey James, who's working on his debut album for Sony/BMG Nashville and has just released the official video for his first single, "Let's Don't Call It A Night."

One thing's certain: The camera certainly loves Casey. And I'd imagine that a lot of country fans would love this song.

Along with Casey's obviously marketable golden-guitar-god image, the song is catchy and seems like it'd appeal to fans of both mainstream and classic country, as well as classic rock. The problem is...Season 9 of "Idol" seems so very, very long ago. Casey left the Fox airwaves all the way back in May 2010, and despite a subsequent tour with Sugarland, most fairweather "Idol" fans have probably since forgotten about him and moved on. Nowadays, you say "Casey James" and the average "Idol" viewer thinks you mean "Casey, James" and are referring to Casey Abrams and James Durbin, with a comma in between.

But perhaps the gap between Casey's album release and "Idol" tenure is a good thing. Season 9 was sadly tainted by Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul's departures, Ellen DeGeneres's disastrous single-season run, Kara DioGuardi's embarrassing flirtations, overall low record sales, and the general public consensus that it was THE worst season in the history of "Idol." So maybe by putting some distance between himself and the show, Casey can better establish himself as a real artist, not just a reality star.

What do you think of Casey's new video? And do you think he has the potential to outsell Lee and Crystal...or even Season 10 country Idols Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina? Let me know.

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