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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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46.

Sandra     

Hope he wins and can go into the surgery feeling all was worth postponing the surgery date !!

804 days ago
47.

maggiej0104    

Jessica is a little girl trying to play "grown up" in her Mothers clothes. I hated seeing Joshua go, it should have been her. Now I am just wishing Phillip makes it. He definitely has more talent

804 days ago
48.

jimmy    

ai is getting crazier and crazier from the best singer being automatically disqualified from a small criminal charge to the soon to be winner having kidney problems and could possibly die maybe stress making things worser than they are? Can these contestants take the stress someday we'll hear some horror stories about it this maybe horror story #1.

804 days ago
49.

Abigail    

Winning first place doesn't give you fame and fortune. Look at Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson. Second place and he will get a contract and a car and the rest will be up to him. I think his health is more important than winning first vs second place. Go have the surgery, get well and then work on your career. Make a fantastic album and knock our socks off! Get well Philip!

804 days ago
50.

News Flash     

Very painful condition he has. When the contestants were talking about each other it pissed me off when they said Phillip laid around and was sleeping a lot calling him lazy. Sanchez was one of them. I will vote for him just because of that.

804 days ago
51.

buzz kill    

Why is it that these contestants always have a sob story? Theymust expect the judges to feel sorry from them.

804 days ago
52.

carmari    

josh was robbed last night. america wtf were u thinking! as far as the rest of the competition goes, phillip should clearly be the winner now that josh is gone. hope phillip gets better soon and even if he doesnt win he is clearly the winner.

804 days ago
53.

carmari    

josh was clearly robbed last night. phillip is clearly the winner now. it would have been great to see josh and phillp in the finale. i give phillip props for giving it his all in this competition. hope he gets better soon. he has my vote.

804 days ago
54.

Dennis    

Philip sucks .. Josh was hosed because he mentioned Obama's name

804 days ago
55.

Crystal girl    

I admire and respect the courage and determination it has taken Phillip to hang in there and go for it. iOpportunities like AI don't come along very often in one's lifetime. Have you ever watched a marathon? Or heard the stories of Olympians? Only Phillip can make the huge decision to continue or not. I wish him well. He is a winner already. I'll be buying his music as soon as it's available.

804 days ago
56.

maraya    

i hope phillipwins i love his singing. he is the best singer i know. everybody please vote for phillip

804 days ago
57.

lourdes angeles    

he might us well do what his doctors tells him, winning wont do any good when your dead.

804 days ago
58.

Joyce    

Phiilip, think about this. What is the used of gaining the world and losing your soul.You will do great. Don't put money in front of your health. You remind me a lot of Chris Daughtery. You need to have control of your own music. Idol will have the say over everthing for a while and you are the type of person that like to have control It show that on the show. Go and have your surgery and get your career started. Think about it .

804 days ago
59.

RobN    

My 84 year old mother just had a stent put in for the same condition. It's not debilitating and they can stay in for more than a year before you have to do anything with them. It's just not that big a deal. I think it's a ploy to get votes.

804 days ago
60.

liz    

im done watching josh got robbed

804 days ago
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