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Stefano Langone

'American Idol': James Durbin, Casey Abrams set the pace

'American Idol': James Durbin, Casey Abrams set the pace

Music of the 21st century was the theme tonight on "American Idol." The headline: The judges got a little tough. That's progress. In a running gag, the finalists joked about one another. They wore a Casey Abrams beard, and they made fun of Lauren Alaina's chatty style. At the end, Ryan Seacrest called it an exceptional night, and Randy Jackson said anyone could win. Do you agree? I think several singers do stand above the others. Scotty McCreery was the first finalist to perform, and he chose LeAnn Rimes' "Swingin'. " He brought a sultry easiness to the performance, batting his eyes, hitting the low notes and sashaying around the...