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Scotty Watch: Will he go on the tour?

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It looks like Scotty McCreery won’t be bagging groceries at the Garner Lowes Foods this summer. Instead, he’ll be singing his way across the nation on the “American Idol” tour. In tonight's live show, Scotty learned that he had advanced to this season’s Top 10, thus securing a spot on the tour.

After singing a country-fried version of Stevie Wonder's "For Once In My Life" on Wednesday’s performance show, Scotty got to sing with Wonder himself tonight. The Motown legend joined Scotty (who was clad in a tux!) and the other finalists for a version of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

In honor of "Motown Week," the finalists also warbled their way through "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." (No solos for Scotty.)

Minutes later, host Ryan Seacrest called Scotty, Lauren Alaina and Pia Toscano to center stage and toyed with their emotions by telling them to pack their bags ... because they were on the tour! (That was stupid. Now shut up, Seacrest!)

Even dumber was what Seacrest did to James Durbin and Paul McDonald. After showing a taped bit about how much the two like wrestling, Seacrest brought them to the stage and made them think they were in trouble. But the trouble was that Hulk Hogan was about to come out! (Why do they persist with silly stuff like this?)

After performances from Sugarland and "Idol" alum -- and Oscar winner -- Jennifer Hudson, Seacrest announced that the bottom three came down to:

--Stefano Langone, who peaked last week, then really faltered with his Lionel Richie this week.

--Thia Megia, whose string of weak ballads wasn't redeemed by her tepid version of "Heatwave" this week.

--In a big surprise, growly, quirky Casey Abrams, right, who has seemed like a fan favorite all season.

In the end, it's revealed that Casey got the fewest of the 30 million votes cast. He started to sing "I Don't Need No Doctor" in hopes of winning a save, but the judges quickly cut him off. They'd already decided to use their one save of the season to keep Casey in the competition.

At that point, Casey looked like he really did need a doctor. It seemed as if he was going to both throw up and faint. And he apparently used lots of colorful language, too, because his microphone kept getting turned off.

Seacrest closed the show by announcing that two people will be voted out on next Thursday's show. And that tour? It will now be expanded to 11 finalists.

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thadmug Thad Ogburn is The N&O's Metro Editor, overseeing most local news reporting. His previous jobs have included editor of North Raleigh News and Features Editor, during which he learned that comics attract more reader response than just about anything else we do. His guilty pleasure is reality TV, which he finds not very real at all. That's assuming, of course, there is room on his DVR amid all the episodes of "Say Yes to the Dress" that his wife and daughter record.