The winner of American Idol season 11, Phillip Phillips, underwent eight kidney surgeries during the season, according to his father who just revealed this news
Everyone knew that Phillip Phillips had some sort of health issues on American Idol season 11, but no one really knew that he had undergone eight surgeries during the entire season of the show. Despite his bad health, Phillips continued to shine in his performances and he won the hearts of many on the show. His hard work and commitment eventually paid off as he was the winner of American Idol season 11.
The news that he had to undergo eight surgeries during the season, was delivered by his father who shares the same name with his son. Phillip Phillips senior, said according to a report by msn.com, "He's been doing [well], but it's just grueling hours and it's just amazing what he's done through the journey. Eight operations since we started 'American Idol.' ... He's hitting 50 percent, but he's still up there swinging away."
Phillip Phillips is a 21-year-old man from Georgia, who exhibited little emotions throughout the season, but when he won the title, he eventually broke down during his last performance. When Phillips had gone back to his home town to perform during the last few weeks of the show, his doctors had advised him to undergo surgery as soon as possible, but Phillips asked them to wait till the end of the season. After he was declared the winner and the season ended, Phillips was taken for surgery and he will begin his annual idols Live tour after he recovers from it. "I'm going to get some surgery done, so I'm going to get all better for the tour," the singer told reporters following his "Idol" triumph the other day. "It was very tough [getting through the season]. I had great doctors and great people surrounding me [who] really helped out, so it's just a blessing to be here."
Phillip Phillips had to be rushed to the hospital on several occasions during the show, but he remained determined to see it through till the end. He had been missing on several practise sessions during the show, and he was even missing in the Ford add but he managed to pull through. The medicines that he had been taking also dried out his throat and affected his ability to hit the high notes on some occasions, but eventually that did not seem to matter.