“American Idol” semi-finalist Casey Abrams was forced to perform immediately after his release from hospital yesterday. “American Idol” bosses’ refusal to give Abrams the same break they gave Crystal Bowersox last year, but he rose above it to sing Friday evening despite receiving a blood transfusion the same day.
Casey seems a season favorite with his soulful voice, instrumental talent and the increasingly important likability factor. However, all that was jeopardized when he was hospitalized with severe stomach pains Wednesday . He was expected home later the same day but actually remained in hospital another two days and received a blood transfusion.
That would be no problem with the regular filming schedule and Casey would have had several days’ recuperation time before next week’s live show. However, this year, the semi finals are being taped in advance, with the Top 12 guys recording their performances Friday night. It’s not great when the biggest performance of your life comes right after a blood transfusion!
Last year set a precedent for dealing with contestants’ sickness, as they swapped the boys’ and girls’ nights to accommodate Crystal Bowersox when her diabetes caused a medical emergency. However, this year, show bosses refused to give the same consideration to Casey Abrams or delay his performance.
Amid fears he would have to pull out of the show, Casey was seen entering “American Idol” rehearsals and reportedly went on to perform.Watch for him on American Idol’s next show – airing March 2.