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‘American Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips undergoes surgery

'American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips who was plagued by serious kidney problems during singing contest is recovering from surgery.

"American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, who was plagued by serious kidney problems during the singing contest, is recovering from surgery.

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Updated: June 7, 2012 5:08PM



LOS ANGELES (AP) — “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, who was plagued by serious kidney problems during the singing contest, is recovering from surgery.

A spokeswoman for series producer 19 Entertainment said Thursday that the operation went well for the 21-year-old Phillips. Leslie Fradkin says the singer from Leesburg, Ga., will be ready for the July 6 start of the “American Idol” national concert tour.

He was set to go under the knife last week but was under the weather with a sinus infection and postponed it until Wednesday. EW.com reports the operation removed kidney stones that they “were so huge there was no chance he could’ve passed them on his own.”

The guitar-playing Phillips defeated 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez to become the Fox talent competition’s 11th season victor last month.



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