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Phillip Phillips had eight surgeries during American Idol

American Idol 11 winner Phillip Phillips’ win is a bit more remarkable when you consider that he had eight separate operations for kidney stones during the show. Eight! No wonder he was excused from participating in those awful Ford music video shoots.

Phillip, who’s 21, will have yet another operation to have his kidneys reconstructed, but will recover in time to join the tour when it starts on July 6. That’s according to his dad, also named Phillip Phillips, who told People, “The recovery’s probably two to four weeks. He’s healthy, he’s good. His kidneys are good. I can’t wait for America and the whole world to see him [after his surgery], because he’s a big cut-up. He’s going to have some fun.”

He also said Phillip has “been doing [well], but it’s just grueling hours and it’s just amazing what he’s done through the journey. Eight operations since we started American Idol … He’s hitting 50 percent, but he’s still up there swinging away. … They’ve just seen a glimpse of what Phillip can do. We can’t wait to get him well and 100 percent and really see how he can perform.”

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