American Idol contestant Casey Abrams has suffered a health emergency. Last night he was taken to the hospital, and it is unclear whether he will recover in time to perform this Friday.
After last night’s American Idol episode aired, 19-year-old contestant Casey Abrams made an emergency trip to the hospital after experiencing “severe stomach pains.” Because he has made it into the top 24 on Idol, Abrams must perform this Friday or else be eliminated on the show. [Source: TMZ Staff. American Idol’ Finalist Hospitalized, 2011-02-23T17:12:00-08:00. Downloaded from: http://www.tmz.com/2011/02/23/casey-abrams-american-idol-hospitalized-top-24-stomach-pains-cedars-sinai-overnight/]
There is no word yet on the cause of Casey Abrams’ hospitalization. Hopefully it is just anxiety, although it sounds more serious than that. The “stomach pains” complaint could mean a ruptured appendix or similar injury, although there is no report of that yet. Details will undoubtedly emerge over the course of the next week.
If Casey Abrams’ health is all right, then this trip to the hospital should not hurt his chances of winning American Idol – in fact it might help him. Crystal Bowersox had an unexpected trip to the hospital during Idol’s 2010 season, apparently due to her diabetes. [Source: “[Updated] ‘American Idol’ contestant Crystal Bowersox in hospital; boys will perform tonight.” Los Angeles Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2010. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2010/03/american-idol-contestant-crystal-bowersox-in-hospital-boys-will-perform-tonight.html.]. The incident generated a lot of press for her, and she went on to take second place in the competition, behind Lee DeWyze.
Casey Abrams needs to recover quickly, though, if he hopes to stay on American Idol. If he fails to perform on Friday’s taped episode of the show, he will lose his shot at fame and a recording contract. The pressure is on, and that pressure is probably not helpful in Abrams’ attempts to recover. Last year, the Idol producers accommodated Crystal Bowersox’s hospital trip by rearranging their shooting schedule; so far, there is no indication that they will extend the same courtesy to Casey Abrams.
TMZ Staff. American Idol’ Finalist Hospitalized, 2011-02-23T17:12:00-08:00. Downloaded from: http://www.tmz.com/2011/02/23/casey-abrams-american-idol-hospitalized-top-24-stomach-pains-cedars-sinai-overnight/
“[Updated] ‘American Idol’ contestant Crystal Bowersox in hospital; boys will perform tonight.” Los Angeles Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2010. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2010/03/american-idol-contestant-crystal-bowersox-in-hospital-boys-will-perform-tonight.html