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Will Phillips drop out of American Idol?
Doctors want the American Idol finalist to drop out and have surgery ahead of next week's finals

MANILA, Philippines – Will Phillip Phillips be able to compete during the American Idol finale next week?

If his doctors have their way, they want him to drop out of the competition and have surgery as soon as possible. But the singer intends to fight for the American Idol crown vs Jessica Sanchez during the final sing-off which takes place next Wednesday, May 23 (Thursday Manila time).

Phillips has been battling with kidney problems since the start of the competition. Earlier on in the season, host Ryan Seacrest had mentioned before a performance, that Philipps had just come off minor surgery that apparently was a temporary solution — until he could have the kidney stone surgery he needs. 

But his condition has reportedly gotten worse during the season. Celebrity news site TMZ reports that his medication causes dry mouth and that this has impacted his singing.

This is also the reason why Phillips is not seen in some of the Ford music videos. Producers have kept him off the field shoots as they were tough for him to manage. 

TMZ is reporting that Phillips has been “urged by his personal doctor to get surgery immediately” but that Phillips wanted to work through the pain given that the finals are a week away. Recovery time for the surgery would last at least 6 weeks. –

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