'American Idol' singers tackle their own idols

March 10, 2011 5:09:30 AM PST
Casey Abrams didn't need any help from his friends to shine on "American Idol." The quirky 30-year-old film camp counselor from Idyllwild, Calif., wowed the judges with his energetic take on Joe Cocker's rendition of "With A Little Help From My Friends" during the idol-centric first round of finals Wednesday on the Fox talent competition.

"Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez said his stellar performance made her forget where she was for a moment.

Abrams wasn't alone in earning praise from the show's panel. They were also pleased with Pia Toscano, the 22-year-old make-up artist from Howard Beach, N.Y., who soared with Celine Dion's "All By Myself," as well the gospel-infused version of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" from 23-year-old spa concierge Jacob Lusk of Compton, Calif.

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