Remember Casey Abrams, the lovable, melodica-tooting, standup-bass-slapping, shaggy jazzbo from "American Idol" Season 10? He's one of "Idol's" most unforgettable alums, of course, but he's kept a low profile as of late. So when he suddenly appeared on TMZ this Wednesday, lying in his own filth and alongside a giant stuffed gorilla on an L.A. sidewalk, it was cause for alarm. Or maybe just cause for amusement.
The bizarre TMZ story coincided with a flurry of supposedly concerned tweets from many of Casey's Season 10 castmates, all with the hashtag #wherescasey.
"@IAmCaseyAbrams, you're not answering your phone, I'm worried! Where are you!?!?" tweeted James Durbin. "I could've sworn I just saw @IAmCaseyAbrams picking his nose on Hollywood Blvd. Dude, was that you?" posted Pia Toscano. "Getting worried. I've been looking 4 my homie w/ the gigantic beard & long hair (kinda favors Jesus), goes by @IAmCaseyAbrams?" tweeted Naima Adedapo. "I'm pretty sure I saw @IAmCaseyAbrams passed out under a 'Live Nude' sign on Sunset Blvd--he was all goo'ed up on the goo balls," said Paul McDonald. "Where's Casey?? …WHERE'S CASEY?!??! I'll tell you where he is, on Sunset and La Cienega! Being a bum," posted Casey's frequent duet partner, Haley Reinhart. "It's my friend @IAmCaseyAbrams' bday today, and I still haven't talked to him," tweeted Jacob Lusk.
And even Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery got in on the act, with: "Been texting and calling @IAmCaseyAbrams all day… somebody said they saw him climbing through dumpsters in downtown Hollywood?!"
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This all led up to the new viral video above, starring Haley, Paul, Season 6 "Idol" runner-up Blake Lewis, and Tenacious D's Jack Black, depicting Casey as a sewer-dwelling, down-on-his-luck crazyman and ultimate "Idol" cautionary tale. But before any Casey fans get too worried and stage an intervention, do consider the possibility that this was all just a very elaborate (and very clever) marketing plan for Casey's new official music video, "Get Out":
Yes, Casey may be crazy, but he's obviously crazy like a fox.
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