'American Idol': Casey Abrams misses results show with illness

casey-abrams-ai-top-13.jpg (This post contains spoilers for Thursday's "Idol" results.)

"American Idol" was missing a piece when it kicked off Thursday's (March 10) results show.

Host Ryan Seacrest told viewers at the top of the show that finalist Casey Abrams "is unfortunately sick and in the hospital right now." According to "Idol" blog Joe's Place, Casey sometimes experiences stomach bleeding brought on by stress and may have had a recurrence of the issue.

Fortunately for him, though, Casey didn't have to sweat out whether he would be back for next week's show. The bottom three was announced about two-thirds of the way through the show, and he wasn't part of it. Viewers liked his rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends" enough to keep him safe for a week.

An "Idol" elimination when a contestant is ill isn't unprecedented: Back in Season 1, Christina Christian got the boot while she was hospitalized for dehydration.
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