Michael Becker/Fox
Mandi Bierly
March 25, 2011 AT 01:48 PM EDT

On last night’s American Idol, Casey Abrams only had to sing for his life for 25 seconds before the judges cut off the music and told him they were saving him from elimination. Watch it below. Perhaps the only person shocked was Casey Abrams, who, quite honestly, looked like he might collapse. (Ryan Seacrest seemed to follow Casey around, waiting to catch him.) As Casey said, he didn’t think they’d use their one save on him because there are still 11 people left on the show.

If America had fallen out of love with him this early, does he stand a chance of winning? (In a PopWatch poll yesterday, readers voted him fourth most likely to be crowned the next American Idol, after Pia Toscano, James Durbin, and Scotty McCreery.) But I say it was worth it: We were already tuning in each week to see what song he performed, but now we really want to tune in next week to see his attempt at redemption. (Two contestants will go home, so it best be good.) More importantly, Casey made the Idol tour. Seacrest said it was predetermined that should the judges use their save at this point, it would be the Top 11 instead of the Top 10 hitting the road. Abrams should definitely help sell tickets. Let’s take it to our own vote.

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