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Phillip Phillips suffered from kidney issues while competing on American Idol

Phillip Phillips suffered from kidney issues while competing on American Idol

Phillip Phillips suffered from kidney issues while competing on American Idol

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 that the operation went well for the 21-year-old.

Leslie Fradkin said the singer, from Georgia, will be ready for the start of the American Idol national concert tour on July 6.

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

PA