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Casey Abrams is already on the mend.
The American Idol hopeful was missing from Thursday's live elimination show. "He is unfortunately sick and in the hospital right now," Ryan Seacrest told the audience. "Wave to him...We know you're watching buddy, feel better -- shout out to the nurses. Get back here soon, okay?"
A source tells People.com that the 20-year-old singer has ulcerative colitis, a condition which causes abdominal pain and cramping, and that he received two blood transfusions Thursday night.
Abrams' absence was especially worrying, considering it was his second hospital visit during the Idol season. Fans worried the singer might not be able to compete in the Top 24 when news came that he was hospitalized on Feb. 23.
But Abrams was released and seemed on top of his game two days later, when he wowed the crowd with his rendition of "I Put a Spell on You." Jennifer Lopez even called him "sexy" following his performance!
Abrams himself did not detail the nature of his illness, but on Thursday night he thanked his fans via Twitter. "Hey guys, thanks for the well wishes," he wrote. "I got some nice fresh blood in me and I'm feeling better. People at Idol & Cedars are treating me real good."
The second hospitalization came just one night after the Seth Rogen-lookalike impressed judges Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson with a rendition of Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From My Friends."
"I don't think we've ever seen a musician as talented as yourself," Jackson told Abrams when the Top 24 were announced. On Thursday, the fan favorite once again avoided elimination.
Now that's a happy tune!