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'American Idol'

Phillip Phillips Needs

Surgery ... REAL BAD

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

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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I thought Jessica should have gone home. It should be Phillip vs. Josh. Oh well.

Hope he can get through it. But if not...get his booty to the hospitol. This stupid show isn't worth dying for.

853 days ago


Why would anyone give their child a first name that is almost identical to their last name? Ridiculous!

853 days ago


Get well and take care of yourself Phillip!! You all ready have a long career ahead of you if you want it. You've been my favorite since I first heard you. And you guys are right, Joshua did get robbed. Jessica should have gone home instead last night!

853 days ago


Get well and take care of yourself Phillip!! You already have a long career ahead of you if you want it. You've been my favorite since I first heard you.

853 days ago


: ( I'll donate my kidney for him !!!!

853 days ago


the sympathy card is now dealt.

853 days ago


I hope he get better soon and get the surgery. Honestly, he is a good person and a good entertainer,but I can not believed that he beat power house Josua Ledet. Something is wrong. that means that Jessica Sanchez is going to win...

853 days ago

Dennis Johnson    

Come on man.................Take care of your health and the rest will follow.In other words don't be Stupid!TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF BEFOR SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS AND THEN IT IS TOO LATE.

853 days ago

Cheryl A.    

Every year American Idol has something up their sleeve to bring in ratings. Either people are sick and in the hospital (but get out just in time to perform) or their house is haunted (dumb) or any other garbage they can think of to keep people coming back. I don't watch it but read these things enough times in the past 10 years to know that it's an old game that they are playing.

853 days ago

Different Rules Apply    

Phillip, you are already famous ~ don't jeopardize your ENTIRE future on the maybe of winning Idol. Recent history proves you will more than likely have more success not coming in first. DAUGHTRY!! versus Taylor Hicks??? Now it's Daughtry rocks and Taylor Who? Think about it. Nothing is worth risking your health like this.

853 days ago


Phillip hasn't tried to play the sympathy card at all, despite dealing with this for nearly the entire time the live shows have been on. In fact, he has looked visibly uncomfortable and had little to say when Ryan mentioned anything about it. He clearly wants to be judged for his talent and is not looking for sympathy votes. I think he's awesome, and I'll buy his music whether he wins or not.

853 days ago


Might be a good idea for Idol contestants to pass some sort of physical before allowing them to compete. Haven't we been down this route before?

853 days ago


This has got to be a nightmare for the producers if health issues force him off the tour and getting a album released quickly. The finale will be another DeWyze/Bowersox type yawner.

853 days ago


...Not only did Joshua Ledet get robbed, but the total music industry got robbed.

Joshua is not only the best find in American Idol's 11 year history---he is the greatest musical find on the planet in over the last 20 years.

Jimmy Iovine, the panel, and most of America needs to put down the crack-pipes and methamphetamine, because as far a real appreciation and "good taste" are concerned-- whether it be in music, art, films, or politics is at an all time pathetic low....Artofwar

853 days ago


I've been through something similar, and can tell you the pain he is in right now is unbearable. If his doc feels he needs surgery ASAP, it means it has hit a chronic stage and that means non stop pain. I feel for him, and can't imagine how he's able to get up there and sing right now. I wish him the best.

853 days ago
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