By Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist Published Mar 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Casey Abrams, 20, of Wilmette, Ill., was cut from "American Idol" tonight after the viewers' votes were tallied.

He performed for the judges in hopes for a save -- which he got. The judges can save one singer a season.

That means there are still 11 finalists in the competition.

Rounding out this week's bottom three were Thia Megia 16, of Hayward, Calif.; and Stefano Langone, 22, of Kent, Wash.

Milwaukee "Idol" finalist Naima Adedapo gave a rousing performance of "Dancing in the Street" on Wednesday night's show, combining it with her dancing skills.

It got praise from the judges, and was enough to keep her out of the bottom three, where she found herself last week.

Here's her performance from Wednesday night:

Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist

Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.

A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.

In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at

When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.