Four days after missing Thursday’s results show episode of American Idol, contestant Casey Abrams told the public on Monday: “I’m feeling really good.” Abrams, who suffers from ulcerative colitis and had to forgo the show to get blood transfusions, made the declaration while sitting on an American Idol panel at the 28th Annual PaleyFest at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles. The healthy looking 20-year-old Illinois native attended the session, which was moderated by EW’s own Dave Karger, alongside eight of his fellow Idol contestants (the show’s minors Lauren Alania, Scotty McCreery, and Thia Megia were busy with schoolwork); judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler; executive producer Ken Warwick; and Fox’s head of alternative programming Mike Darnell.
The always-jovial Abrams even offered to dance to prove how well he’s doing. “I thought I was actually going to make it,” he continued about last Thursday’s show, “but I had to stay behind. It was fun and everyone waved at me, and I felt really supported by everyone, and I loved watching.”
How did he feel about the show and the group performance? “I hated seeing Ashthon go,” Abrams admitted, “but it was awesome seeing the group performance.” In fact, Abrams insisted on giving a shout out to the contestants who picked up his slack: “Thank you, Stefano [Langone] and Haley [Reinhart], for taking my part.”
Check back later for more details from the American Idol panel at the 28th Annual PaleyFest.
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