Casey Abrams had the lowest number of votes on "American Idol" this week, but the judges saved him from elimination.
As a result, nobody was eliminated on "Idol" this week. All 11 remaining contestants will go on tour this summer. That's a departure from the standard 10-singer tour.
Two singers will go home next week.
Thia Megia and Stefano Langone joined Casey in the bottom three.
In the final minutes of the show, it was down to Stefano and Casey. Host Ryan Seacrest said Casey had the fewest votes this week. He sang "I Don't Need No Doctor" while attempting to win the judges' save.
The judges stopped him shortly into the song and said they wanted him to stick around another week. Casey was visibly shocked and looked like he was on the verge of fainting.
Once he composed himself, he said, "It scared the stuff out of me."
Over 30 million votes were cast this week, Seacrest said. We saw a pre-taped segment that featured Marc Anthony mentoring the contestants.
Thursday's results show also featured an appearance by Hulk Hogan, as well as performances by Stevie Wonder, Sugarland and Jennifer Hudson. Hulk Hogan made his cameo after some footage of James Durbin wrestling in the "Idol" house. He appeared on stage during a results fake-out.
Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday" to Steven Tyler.
How old is Steven Tyler? Funny you ask.
Are you happy with this week's outcome? After the show, I realized I would have been upset if Stefano made the tour and Casey didn't.
At the same time, I'm not a fan of the judges' save. America votes for "Idol" and America buys records. The judges can critique individual performances, but they have no say in a contestant's marketability.
Yes, Casey is quirky. Yet that doesn't translate into a commercial connection. It's not like he'll win the save and win the competition. Sad but true.