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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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106.

catherine    

Honestly, why do people go through such extremes for fame?? Is starving yourself, and neglecting your body worth pictures, and magazine covers?? REALLY be sensible people!!

798 days ago
107.

ESTHER    

please get yourself well PHILLIP SO WE CAN HEAR MORE OF YOU MUSIC , JUST LOVE IT, YOU GET WELL SOON, CANT WAIT TO HEAR MORE OF YOU, YOU HAVE A STYLE ALL YOUR OWN AND THATS WHAT PEOPLE LOVE ABOUT YOU, STAY STRONG, GET WELL

798 days ago
108.

Onekoolmom2    

Singing style is a matter of opinion. I found it funny that they linked Joshua to Fantasia. Her singing style is the same as her's and I call it screaming instead of singing. You cannot really hear their true voice because they scream so much. Phillip had his own style and you could hear his real voice. The real singer won. - Just my opinion

796 days ago
109.

Onekoolmom2    

I posted a respose on Comcoment 83. I just want it clear that I was agreeing with the Roberta not the ridiculous response of EZJ.

796 days ago
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