His audition was memorable because American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi coerced him to take his shirt off, but 27-year-old Casey James proved he was more than just eye candy by making it all the way to the show’s Top 3, until he finally struck out last night.
“I’ve been prepared at every round since the beginning of the show,” Casey said after his elimination. “You never know what will be, and you have to be prepared either way. I was elated every time I made it through. I kind of knew it was coming, so I was more than prepared.”
And with Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox being the only contestants left standing, Casey is not placing bets either way on a winner. “They both have very unique, stand-out, sounds,” he says. “They are who they are and that’s why people are voting for them. It’s going to be a crazy good show.”
The competition may be over for Casey, but like all of this season’s Top 12, Casey will be back for the show’s finale next week on Fox on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET and on hand next Wednesday, also at 8 p.m. ET, to congratulate the next American Idol.
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Eliminated May 19
Were you offended by Kara telling you to stick to your demographic of young women?
Casey: I’m definitely not offended, and that is her opinion. I know nothing of demographics, and my marketing skills are obviously poor or I wouldn’t have been doing the same bar gigs for 11 years. But I would like to think I have a few more people out there who like what I am doing.
How did you handle the demands of the show?
Casey: It’s like any difficult situation in life, you just do what you can. That’s what I did. It’s definitely demanding, but the pay-off is… even if it had been 100th of the audience, it’s a million-percent worth it. It’s taxing, but a lot of people work a lot harder than me for a lot less.
What is your advice to any future contestant about taking their shirt off?
Casey: Who is to say I would be here if I had not done that? If you feel like you can back yourself up — and not be the guy who took his shirt off because hopefully that is not what I am now — then do what you have to do to get the ball rolling. It’s not something I thought of, but am so thankful that it obviously worked out.
How do you not let all of this go to your head?
Casey: It’s easy, you keep in mind that if it weren’t you, it would be someone else. It’s very situation-oriented. I am honored and proud of everything I accomplished, but keep in mind this will die down and soon there will be the next person in my situation. I am looking forward to keeping the audience I have. Maybe you will have to deflate my ego down the line, but right now, it’s easy to keep grounded.
Who will you keep in touch with from the show, and what’s next?
Casey: Most of them. The tour is coming up, so we will all be together. We will all be busy, especially Lee and Crystal. Next is a record. It’s time to get the music started. The show allows us to do music, and that’s what I love — it’s "go time!"