American Idol winner Phillip Phillips was in pain for much of the competition, even disregarding doctor's orders to immediately seek help for a condition that affected his right kidney. On Tuesday the singer will go in for surgery to address the congenital condition, TMZ reports. An Idol executive has opened his California estate to Phillip and his parents as a place for the singer to recuperate post-surgery.
Phillips has already endured eight surgeries during Idol for the condition that causes kidney stones to repeatedly grow so large that they cannot pass through his system. As a temporary fix, seven weeks ago doctors inserted a stent in Phillip's kidney, but the often-unbearable pain persisted. At one point, Phillip told People magazine he even considered quitting the competition because of his health issue.
Fans can expect Phillip's American Idol victory lap to be delayed for up to six weeks while the singer recovers from the surgery. While he recuperates, Phillips and his parents will stay in the posh Malibu, CA, residence of the Idol executive.
In other American Idol news, on Sunday PBS aired the National Memorial Day concert performances of Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez and Daughtry from Washington, D.C.
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