Casey Abrams, a fan favorite on the current season of American Idol, missed last night's show (10th March 2011) after being hospitalized.
Casey Abrams was absent from yesterday's American Idol live show after he was hospitalized for the second time this year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Host Ryan Seacrest announced on last night's episode, "You'll notice that Casey is missing from the group. He is unfortunately sick and in the hospital right now. Wave to him ... We know you're watching buddy, feel better, shout out to the nurses. Get back here soon, okay? No further details were released and performances from the other contestants went ahead as normal. Later in the evening, Abrams took to his twitter page to clear up the speculation, saying, "Hey guys, thanks for the well wishes, I got some nice fresh blood in me and feeling better. People at Idol & Cedars are treating me real good". An insider at American Idol has since revealed that the singer underwent two blood transfusions while in the hospital. His condition is called 'Ulcerative colitis', an inflammatory bowel disease which affects the lining of the large intestine.
Casey Abrams sang a stand-out performance of The Beatles track 'With a Little Help From My Friends' on Wednesday's show. Bookmakers currently have Abrams and Pia Toscano as joint favourites to win the reality singing contest.