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Cowtown crooner wins spot in 'American Idol' final four

Even Casey James thought he was a goner this week on American Idol, telling People.com, "I absolutely feel I deserve to go home [Wednesday] if you base it on this week's performance."

But James didn't go home. He wasn't even in the bottom two during Wednesday night's results show. And now he's in American Idol's final four.

But James, a Parker County native who lives in Fort Worth, will need to work for redemption after his performance of Blue Skies on the Frank Sinatra-themed performance show Tuesday.

Judge Randy Jackson said it was James' worst performance of the season, and Simon Cowell said James looked awkward -- and James conceded to People.com that he did make some awkward moves. It was the first time he performed this season without a guitar.

Aaron Kelly, a 17-year-old from Sonestown, Pa., was eliminated after receiving the fewest viewer votes. Michael Lynche of St. Petersburg, Fla., was also in the bottom two.

Before the elimination, outrageous pop star Lady Gaga, outfitted in a fishnet body stocking and temporarily covered by a black veil, performed her song Alejandro with a troupe of gyrating topless male dancers.

Harry Connick Jr., who served as this week's mentor, later crooned And I Love Her before accompanying the finalists in a medley of his tunes.

James, Lynche, Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox -- the judges have treated the latter two as front-runners -- will perform on the next Idol, at 7 p.m. Tuesday on KDFW/Channel 4.

They will be mentored by singer-actor Jamie Foxx and will perform cinema-themed songs.

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ROBERT PHILPOT, 817-390-7872

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