They admitted to being best friends, and Abrams even referred to them once as being "musical soulmates" as shown when he and Reinhart chose to work together on their version of Baby, It's Cold Outside.Abrams appeared and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 29, 2011, and Live with Regis and Kelly on May 2, 2011.

After graduating from Idyllwild in 2009, he attended University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado as a music major.

He worked as a film camp counselor in Idyllwild prior to his appearance on American Idol.

He lists as his musical influence Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, and James Taylor, as well as the head of the Jazz Department at his school, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Marshall Hawkins.a disease which causes sores on the colon and intestine, and which resulted in him being hospitalized while on American Idol requiring blood transfusions.

Abrams auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Austin, Texas.

He was selected as one of the Top 24 semi-finalists, but two days before he was due to perform for the semi-finals, he suffered severe stomach pains and was rushed to the hospital.

He was well enough to perform on the performance night, and was one of the five male vote getters to advance to the Top 13; however, he missed the Top 13 results show due to his illness.On March 24, 2011, Abrams wound up in the bottom 3 for the first time, but judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler decided to use the "judges save", allowing Abrams to stay in the competition.He is the third finalist to be saved by the judges.(Matt Giraud from season 8, Michael Lynche from season 9, Jessica Sanchez from season 11, and Sam Woolf from season 13 are the other four) He got eliminated even though they saved him, but he was later eliminated on April 28, 2011 finishing in sixth place.During his time on Idol, Abrams and fellow contestant Haley Reinhart became close mostly because their mutual love of music especially jazz and their shared Idol experience.Their closeness as well as their onstage chemistry while performing the songs Moanin' and I Feel The Earth Move resulted in rumors that claimed that the two were dating, which they each denied in post-Idol interviews they gave after each was eliminated.