Casey Abrams was saved on AMERICAN IDOL Thursday. Pictured L-R: Ryan Seacrest and Casey Abrams. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

Casey Abrams was saved on AMERICAN IDOL Thursday. Pictured L-R: Ryan Seacrest and Casey Abrams. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

What a shocker. Casey Abrams got the lowest number of votes on American Idol Thursday night, but the judges came through, used their only save, and kept Abrams in the competition.

And Ryan Seacrest added to the announcement that because of Thursdays’ decision, two contestants would be eliminated next week. The good news is that the full top 11 will be going on tour instead of the usual top 10, which should take the sting out of getting the boot next week.

All the judges were taken by surprise by Abrams landing at the bottom, especially Randy Jackson, who was convinced he could go all the way to the finale.

“We could tell from the audience,” he says about the disappointment. “Everybody in the audience was gasping like, ‘Oh my God. What?’ Yesterday people were telling me, ‘Hey, this kid could win the whole thing.’ It’s like that, but I’m glad we did what we did.”

Jackson’s advice?

“He just has to change it up a bit,” he points out. “He has to grow. He’s got so many tools in his arsenal, he’s just got to make it different. I think he’s been in the same mold since the screaming J.J. Hawkins week, so he’s just got to switch it up.”

To hear full comments from Randy Jackson click on the two links below.

Why Jackson was surprise that Abrams landed at the bottom.

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What Abrams needs to do to stay in the competition.

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