American Idol Favorite Phillip Phillips to Undergo Kidney Surgery After Finale

Singer, who's been plagued by health problems throughout the season, heading to Georgia hospital following publicity duties for tonight's finale

By Alexis L. Loinaz May 23, 2012 4:55 PMTags
Phillip Phillips, American IdolMichael Becker / FOX

Phillip Phillips is stepping up to take care of his health.

E! News has learned that the American Idol finalist will undergo kidney surgery in Georgia after completing publicity duties following tonight's season finale, addressing a pressing health concern that has plagued him throughout the season.

But what could this mean for the upcoming American Idol tour this summer?

Phillips, who is squaring off against Jessica Sanchez for the Idol crown, scored big at last night's show with his rowdy, rollicking rendition of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out."

Win or lose, he is slated to do a press tour in New York City following tonight's season-capping results show, and will then return home to Georgia for the surgery.

E! News has exclusively confirmed that, depending on his recovery, he may miss one or two dates at the start of the American Idol tour this summer.

The soulful crooner, who suffers from kidney problems, was rushed to the hospital in early March after experiencing severe abdominal pains. His doctor has reportedly advised surgery, which he's so far put off to complete his run to the potential grand prize.

—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua