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'American Idol': Devin Velez's Last Words (Video)

For his first assignment, season 10 alum and THR special "Idol" correspondent Casey Abrams talks to this week's eliminated contestant.

American Idol season 10 alum Casey Abrams is adding another entry to his resume: as The Hollywood Reporter's special Idol correspondent this year. 

For his first assignment, Casey talked with eliminated season 12 finalist Devin Velez and the two connected on their common bond. Said Velez: "It was exactly a year a go to the day that I tweeted about Colton Dixon saying that he was my idol and I would love to meet him one day ... and today, we were on the same stage together." 

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Casey, as it turns out, had a similar experience with season nine runner-up Crystal Bowersox.

Check out the the video above to see Casey and Devin bond over their Idol experiences, including the moment when the senior Idol, who finished in sixth place, assures the upstart that there's hope for the future: "You might be interviewing other Idol contestants like me, man." 

Twitter: @Idol_Worship; @IamCaseyAbrams