American Idol winner Phillip Phillips‘ is undergoing surgery next week to address kidney problems that have dogged him throughout his stint on the TV talent show.
Phillips, who beat Jessica Sanchez to become the winner of the 11th season of the show on Wednesday night, was hospitalized shortly after making it to the finals – but fought through the pain and discomfort to compete.
He has now pulled out of a series of planned promotional appearances following his big win to undergo surgery.
He says, “I’ve been sick this whole show… It’s been tough. I’ve had a lot of great people around me, great doctors. That helps out a lot…. (but) I’m ready to feel better, feel like myself.”
The end is finally upon us. On Wednesday night (May 23), someone will be showered in confetti and ultimately crowned the 11th “American Idol” after going head-to-head in last night’s final performances.
Will Jessica Sanchez take home the title, finally becoming the first female contestant since Jordan Sparks in 2007 to win? Or will it be Phillip Phillips, whose stage presence is so similar to the last few years’ winners, apparently all he needs to do is make the ladies melt with that guitar and he’ll be a shoo-in for first place. Regardless, not a lot of people can say they stuck it out this long. Read more>>
After a record breaking 132 million votes were tallied, Phillip Phillips earned the title of American Idol over fellow finalist Jessica Sanchez.
“This doesn’t feel real,” the 21-year-old told reporters backstage after the finale. “It’s so unreal. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s such a blessing. I have no idea why this happened. I just want to play music and I’m just a lucky guy.”
As for why he became so emotional during his performance of his new single “Home,” Phillips said he was overwhelmed by his Idol journey. “I just started thinking about the whole journey and how far all of us have come, and how we’ve made it. It’s so overwhelming,” he said.
“I hate crying, but I’ll probably cry some more,” Phillips added. “It feels good at times.”
In addition to the title of American Idol, Phillips was awarded a Ford vehicle and a contract with 19 Recordings. He will participate in the Idol tour this summer.
As for Sanchez’s feelings on her loss, she said she is “relieved” a winner has been chosen. “I’m kind of relieved that this whole thing is over, but I’m also going to miss everybody here. I really think that Phillip deserves to win and I’m so happy for him,” she told reporters.
“Phillip has everything about him,” Sanchez added. “He has his funny side and his humble side and he’s just an amazing, original artist. I think we all are talented and I think we all are going to have really successful careers.”