"American Idol" contestant Casey Abrams missed last Thursday's live elimination episode after being hospitalized for a second time since the season began. Fortunately, the fan favorite said that he's "feeling really good" during an appearance at an "Idol" panel at the 28th Annual PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Monday (Mar. 14), according to EW.
"I thought I was actually going to make it," Abrams said of Thursday's show, "but I had to stay behind. It was fun and everyone waved at me, and I felt really supported by everyone, and I loved watching."
The 20-year-old singer, who earned raves from the judges when he performed Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From My Friends" on "Idol" last Wednesday, suffers from ulcerative colitis, a bowel disease which affects the lining of the large intestine. After reportedly receiving two blood transfusions while in the hospital, Abrams wrote on Twitter on Thursday, "hey guys, thanks for the well wishes, I got some nice fresh blood in me and feeling better. People at Idol & Cedars are treatin me real good."
Abrams joked about feeling well enough to dance while speaking at the "Idol" panel at PaleyFest, where he was joined by eight of his fellow "Idol" finalists, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, executive producer Ken Warwick and Fox head of alternative programming Mike Darnell. When asked about the results of last Thursday's elimination episode, Abrams said, "I hated seeing Ashthon [Jones] go... but it was awesome seeing the group performance."