UPDATED with HitFix's analysis from Casey Abrams to Jacob Lusk
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Casey Abrams of 'American Idol'
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Currently Resides: Idyllwild, CA
Our Overly Hasty First Impressions: Instant read on Casey - Poor Man's Taylor Hicks. After seeing several Casey performances from the Hollywood Round - A Wealthy Man's Taylor Hicks. Randy Jackson called him the most musically gifted performer "Idol" has ever had and certainly Casey's two pure jazz vocals with the standing bass were tremendous and he also showed with his silly Beatles performance that he can go up-tempo and fun. Other than a little harmonica, we never saw Taylor Hicks strut his musical stuff on "Idol," but there's no doubt Casey has more vocal range. The problem: Taylor arrived with The Soul Patrol already engaged and ready, while Casey will have to develop his own cult. We're there. Beard Power!