Turns out he wasn’t lying: After Stevie Wonder sang “Happy Birthday” to Steven Tyler and Hulk Hogan made a random appearance to tell pro-wrestling fan James Durbin that he and Paul McDonald were safe, we found out that presumed fan favorites Casey Abrams and Stefano Langone were in the bottom three, along with Thia Megia.
Casey, as it turned out, had the lowest number of votes — so chalk up one more surprise. Even more of a shock than that: He was barely 10 seconds into his sing-for-your-life song (“I Don’t Need No Doctor”) before judge Randy Jackson cut him off and told him they didn’t need to hear anymore. The judges used their one save of the season on him.
It’s the earliest by several weeks that the save has ever been used, and it means that two people will go home next week. Seacrest also announced that the “Idol” producers had pre-determined that if this situation were to arise, all 11 remaining finalists would make the summer tour.
So — wow. What did you think of Thursday’s results? Did the judges use their save too soon?