The 16-year-old singer from Estero, Florida was at the center of a major social media uproar after host Ryan Seacrest revealed last weekend that she didn't receive enough votes to advance to the season finale, which airs this Sunday on ABC. Now, top 3 finalists Willie Spence, Grace Kinstler and Chayce Beckham are the the only ones left with a shot at the title.
Despite the disappointing outcome, Casey appears to be taking everything in stride. On Monday, the artist posted an Instagram full of pictures from her time on Idol and thanked fans for their support. In the caption, she also gave a shoutout to Chayce, whom she performed "Break My Heart Again" with on Sunday as part of the semifinal showdown.
The post read, "Every ending is a new beginning. thank you all for everything you do i’m so blessed. last night was everything i could’ve asked for and more, i had a freaking blast. finally getting to sing on stage with my absolute favorite person @chaycebeckhammusic was just magical🖤 love you all so much, this is only THE BEGINNING."
On Monday, American Idol's Youtube page also published a video of Casey reflecting back on her journey.
"I've learned so much, and I've grown so much, and I want to thank you all so much for supporting me. And hopefully, you'll continue to support me for whatever new beginnings come my way," she said.
Fans will be happy to hear that one of those "new beginnings" is already in motion. On Wednesday, the singer shared the exciting news that her video for her new single, "Love Me, Leave Me," is set to drop this Friday. As Casey explained to her Instagram followers, the video will appear on her Youtube channel at 8:30 a.m. PST on May 21.
The video announcement comes only one week after Casey hit another major milestone as an artist. Just last Friday, Casey released "Love Me, Leave Me," as her very first single. Fans who tuned in last Sunday caught a glimpse of Casey singing the new hit on American Idol before she took on her audition song "Live Wire" once again.
Needless to say, we have a feeling Casey will do just fine – Idol crown or not, it's clear that her talent and dedicated fanbase will take her far.
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