‘American Idol’ contestant spared

 

Casey Abrams wasn’t squeezed out of American Idol.

Casey Abrams wasn’t squeezed out of American Idol.

The fiery 20-year-old film camp counselor from Idyllwild, Calif., who stomped through Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through the Grapevine on Wednesday, was revealed to have received the fewest viewer votes on Thursday, but the judges unanimously decided to save Abrams in the middle of his last-chance performance of Ray Charles’ I Don’t Need No Doctor. “We know who you are, Casey,” interrupted Randy Jackson. “We don’t need to hear you sing anymore.’’

Bring on the trial

Lindsay Lohan rejected a judge’s offer to end a felony grand theft case early, and her attorney said it is because the actress has a strong defense and is confident she can win an acquittal.

“Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered,’’ attorney Shawn Holley wrote in a statement released hours after the actress informed a judge she would not accept his plea offer.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz never publicly detailed the terms of his offer to Lohan, but said if she pleaded no contest or guilty to taking a $2,500 necklace, he would sentence her to jail. Prosecutors are also seeking jail time for the Mean Girls star, who was on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case when a store in Venice told police that Lohan had taken a necklace without permission in January.

Pricey piece

An Andy Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor is heading to a New York City auction. It’s estimated to bring $20 million.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Liz (hash)5 is owned by hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen. The 1963 silkscreen will be sold at Phillips de Pury at its contemporary art sale on May 12.

The portrait shows the screen siren smiling and her eyelids covered in blue eye shadow. It comes from Warhol’s 1960s series of pop culture icons that also included Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. The Journal says Cohen bought the portrait for an undisclosed sum from the estate of a major New York dealer. He declined to comment. The current Warhol auction record is $71.7 million for Green Car Crash.

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