Credit: Michael Becker/FOX Photo: Casey Abrams' Season 10 Promo Shot

American Idol fans missed seeing one of Season 10’s top performers during last night’s results episode. Casey Abrams was rushed to the hospital for the second time in two weeks for a persistent stomach ailment. Casey, of course, is the bearded multi-instrumentalist who has become a fan favorite after giving such soulful performances as last Wednesday’s “With a Little Help From My Friends.” His singing on Wednesday was good enough to keep him safe from elimination in last night’s episode.

Ryan Seacrest acknowledged Casey’s absence with a shout-out from the Idol stage. Said Ry, "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 — shoutout to the nurses. Get back here soon, okay?"

One source told The Hollywood Reporter that Casey received two blood transfusions, which was corroborated by Casey’s Twitter account.

@CAbramsAI10 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

This source also revealed Casey’s illness as being Ulcerative Colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease which affects the lining of the large intestine, and which can be affected by high levels of stress.

We love seeing Casey strut his stuff on that Idol stage, and we hope he gets well soon!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter