Casey Abrams Lands Record Deal: The Best New Songs from ‘American Idol’ Season 10 Alums

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Scotty McCreery isn't the only "Idol" in town with a record contract!
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Scotty McCreery isn't the only "Idol" in town with a record contract!

"American Idol's" new formula seems to be working! Following a season full of overhauls, the show's outgoing batch of contestants have already landed a slew of record deals-- with more possibly on the way!

The latest signed artist is Casey Abrams-- as in the stand-up bass totin' jazz singer who dared to defy Jimmy Iovine and sing "Nature Boy" against the mentor's advice last season.

Abrams is tickled pink over the recent news of his record deal with Concord Records (he's in good company-- the label is home to Carole King and James Taylor) and he even posted a music video to his fans in honor of the announcement.

Abrams' deal brings the "Idol" Season 10 record deal head count to seven, including winner Scotty's platinum album and a still-in-the-works offering by ninth place finisher Pia Toscano.

If you haven't yet picked up or downloaded any of the tracks from that last crop of "Idols," here's what you're missing-- and what's worth downloading:

Scotty McCreery- "The Trouble With Girls"

Can't get past the preschool sounding title of the "American Idol" winner's debut single, "I Love You This Big?" Neither can we. That's why we'd opt for "The Trouble With Girls," which is more teen angst than toddler thanks. Besides, any song that has the same name as a campy Elvis Presley movie is okay in our book.

Lauren Alaina- "Georgia Peaches"

Move over, Carrie Underwood! There's a new southern belle in town and she's got that pop country crossover down pat. The "Idol" runner up may have gone sentimental with her first single "Like My Mother Does," but she gets downright sassy with her second sweet single, "Georgia Peaches." Ain't nothing sweeter.

James Durbin- "Stand Up"

You can go for either Top 40 James Durbin or hard rock James Durbin. We'll take hard rock JD any day. While his single "Love Me Bad" was released simultaneously with his song "Stand Up", the hard rocking latter single blows the first song away. Durbin is simply more comfortable in his hard rock skin. Both songs can be found on his debut album "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster."

Pia Toscano- "This Time"

Her premature "Idol" elimination was a shocker, but it's not at all shocking that lasts season's resident songbird still soared. Months ahead of her debut album, Pia recorded this single, which proved once and for all that there's more to her than just ballads.

Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams- "Baby It's Cold Outside"

While we wait for the debut albums of lasts season's dueting dynamos, they decided to tide us over by recording a totally cool version of the classic cold weather song, 'Baby It's Cold Outside." But don't think of this tune as Christmas music; it's fair game for the entire winter season.

The new season of "American Idol" kicks off on January 18 on FOX.

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