By Marcia E. Gawecki
During this past week on Fox 11’s “American Idol,” I expected Casey Abrams, the heartthrob from Idyllwild, to shave his beard. After all, he had to do something to top the Jennifer Lopez kiss.
Throughout Season 10, columnists, bloggers and reporters have been obsessed with Casey’s beard. Early on, he was compared to popular comedic actor Seth Rogen, but lately, some have been less than kind, calling him “a bearded doughboy.”
What is the big deal about a beard? It looks nice on Casey. Does a beard always have to give the impression that a man is hiding something?
“He looks a little bit scruffy,” admitted my mother when I asked her to watch the show.
My dad, a gynecologist, shaved his face every day of his professional life.
“Patients won’t come to me if I have a beard,” he said. “Medical professionals must be clean shaven.”
Probably the only one who could wear a beard without reprisal would be a psychiatrist. After all, Freud had one.
In an interview after he was cut from “American Idol” last week, Casey was asked about The Beard again. He admitted that “American Idol” judge Steven Tylor, the frontman from Aerosmith, caught his eye once and did a mock shaving motion.
“I really appreciated that gesture,” Casey said.
Casey said that he didn’t want to shave his beard because he has a receding chin.
Well, that makes sense. A beard would cover that up nicely.
During one of the show’s short videos (rather, the Ford commercial), each of the final six contestants got to poke fun at each other. When it came to Casey, everyone wore Abe Lincoln beards and talked about his zaniness. Jacob Lusk called him “odd,” but a “musical genius” at the same time. That night, even show host Ryan Seacrest, wore a mock beard.
Yep, Casey takes the beard chiding all in stride. Perhaps he takes cues from his father, Ira Abrams, a bearded film teacher at Idyllwild Arts Academy, where Casey learned his jazz moves.
Another interviewer asked Casey what his first album would look like.
“It’ll probably have an upright bass on it,” Casey said. “And a beard.”
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Published on: May 4, 2011 @ 16:04