LOS ANGELES -- Casey James wants to appeal to more than the opposite sex in his post- American Idol music career, despite what judge Kara DioGuardi has to say.

During a teleconference Friday, the tall, sweet-smiling Texan said he likes to think his appeal goes beyond what DioGuardi has described as his core demographic of women and girls.

James says he doesn t regret taking his shirt off at DioGuardi s request during his first tryout with the judges. He says it may have put him in the contest and he was then able to prove his talent.

The 27-year-old musician from Fort Worth made it to the top three before he was eliminated by the voting audience this week.

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