‘Idol’ Finalist Phillip Phillips in Urgent Need of Emergency Surgery – Report

by | May 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM | American Idol

Phillip Phillips on American Idol (FOX)

Phillip Phillips has gone the distance on “American Idol“, making it all the way to next week’s finale — but at what physical cost?

According to TMZ, the 21-year-old Georgia native, who suffers from kidney problems, has been urged by his personal doctor to have immediate surgery.

Phillip reportedly denied his physician’s advice when he was home last weekend, opting instead to finish out the competition in the hopes of winning.

In March, Phillip was rushed to the hospital and treated for abdominal pains prior to the Top 13. TMZ notes that a stent was inserted as a temporary fix, and now it needs to be removed.

The “American Idol” finale performances with Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez air next Tuesday, May 22 on Fox.