HitFix: So are you going to change to accommodate "Idol" or is "Idol" going to have to change to accommodate you?
Casey Abrams: "Idol" is gonna have to accommodate me.
HitFix: What's that gonna mean?
CA: I'm a jazzy, weird, bluesy craziness. That's what they're gonna have to do. I'm gonna make my own branch.
HitFix: I was at the taping for the Top 24 and I saw how you looked before you performed. How sure were you that you were going to be able to do that?
CA: I was not sure at all. I was feelin' kinda under the weather and everything wasn't looking very good and Jacob Lusk went right before me, so I felt like, "How can I follow that?" Right? That was scary. Luckily, he had more of an up-tempo ballad and I had a weird, bluesy old thing. So I think we contrasted each other.
HitFix: How much do you think instruments are going to be a part of your "Idol" thing this season?
CA: On and off. Even if I don't play an instrument, I'm going to use a piano to orchestrate things and make sure that Ray Chu can help me with orchestrations and arrangements.
HitFix: But you don't think it has to be an every week thing?
CA: No. I may get up there with a bass every once in a while. Maybe electric next time, we'll see.
HitFix: And how do you feel about represented bearded Americans everywhere?
CA: Bearded Americans! They're being represented now, because me and Paul and you. We'll be bearded people together!
HitFix: Why do you think Bearded Americans haven't had so much success on "Idol"?
CA: You know what? I think people are just scared of bearded men. That's what's goin' on. People see Seth Rogen and Zach Galifianakis and they get kinda scared, but then they realize that they're funny people. I hope that's what happens with me.