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'American Idol'

Phillip Phillips Needs

Surgery ... REAL BAD

5/18/2012 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Phillip Phillips
-- one of the finalists on "American Idol" -- has been URGED by his personal doctor to get surgery immediately ... but Phillip wants to work through the pain and the risk so he can win next week.

Multiple "Idol" sources tell us ... when Phillip went back home to Georgia last Saturday ... his family doctor spent almost the entire stay by his side and was alarmed by what he saw -- Phillip wasn't eating and looked horrible. 

Phillip suffers from severe kidney problems and at the beginning of the competition it got so bad he had a stent put in as a temporary fix until he could have surgery. But the condition has worsened and Phillip's doc told him he needed surgery now. Phillip said he was not going to drop out of the show so the doctor told him he ABSOLUTELY had to go under the knife immediately after the finale.

We're told the recovery time for the surgery is at least 6 weeks.

Phillip's condition is taking its toll -- we're told the medication causes dry mouth, and it's had some impact on his singing.

Phillip has also missed some of the field productions that are shot for the show -- including the Ford commercials. Our "Idol" sources tell us they felt that making him go on location for these shoots were just too taxing.

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Jack    

Might as well have the surgery, who can name any of the recent winners anyway.

802 days ago
2.

Carl    

The fame and money won't do you much good if you are dead.

802 days ago
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Laurin    

Poor guy. Hope he wins. I love American Idol. All of those other talent shows are just knock offs.

802 days ago
4.

queen love    

One question, where is the Joshua was robbed story?

802 days ago
5.

queen love    

Joshua was robbed and now Phillip wants the sympathy votes.

802 days ago
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angles    

Jeperdising you health it's not worth it Philip you are already a star like the others so give up take care of your health please

802 days ago
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Nunya    

His ass has no business being in the finals anyway. With or without the medication his voice is like listening to a drunken cat..whiny & annoying

802 days ago
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kim    

Poor guy. Hope he gets well soon.

802 days ago
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luke    

Wow. Heard about him having kidney stones problems but didn't know it was actually that bad. But he seriously want to win that contract? He'll be tied under the idol contract for a year and controlled. Like he'll get any artistic freedon on his album and he'll forever be knows as an American Idol winner first and foremost FOREVER than a musician/artist. Ask Lee Dewyze or Kris Allen or David Cook how their careers are going for them. If he's in that much pain he SHOULD drop out. He'd be better off coming in 2nd anyways..

802 days ago
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Mags    

Phillip isn't trying to get sympathy votes. He didn't write this article. He's just in it to win it! Joshua was robbed. Jessica should have gone home last night. Leesburg loves you Phillip! You're going to win it ALL!!!

802 days ago
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Muppet    

Seems more and more idol contestants are playing on sympathy. Why not get themselves in tip top shape BEFORE they perform? It's all for drama and votes. I don't go for the sympathy vote.

802 days ago
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elizabethsmith81    

Hope he wins!!

802 days ago
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dierdre    

I still don't get what all the HYPE is about this weirdo Phillips...seriously, those STRANGE faces he makes when he's singing are ridiculous..and he is always off key...how could anyone think he has talent...Sorry he's sick, but my money is on JESSICA>>>>NOW THAT MY FRIENDS IS REAL TALENT>>>>PERIOD>>>>>>>>>>>>>

802 days ago
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mikole    

Hmmmm..... Looks like another ploy to get votes. I would be surprised if it were not.

802 days ago
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Mags    

REALLY????? Jessica wouldn't even be there if she hadn't gotten the save! She sounds like a drunken cat with all that screaming! Do ya think she had on enough make-up last night? Phillip is keeping it real & he IS going to win IDOL south GA is making sure of that!

802 days ago
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