American Idol contestant and popular favorite Casey Abrams was strangely absent from the results show last week, although it hardly mattered because he was nowhere near being in danger of getting cut.  His health, however, has the show’s producers concerned – he’s been in the hospital twice this season and it’s now affecting his ability to participate fully in the show.

Casey has been having what he called “stomach problems” – reports are saying that he actually has ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory intestinal condition.  He has had a blood transfusion and is said to be resting and feeling better.  Hopefully he’ll be in good form for his performance next week, as he’s one of the top favorites to win.

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