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Health Almost Forced Phillip Phillips to Surrender

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2012 at 7:00 am •  Published: May 24, 2012

Phillip Phillips was fighting two battles while on American Idol. In addition to competing for the title, the crooner continues to fight a lingering kidney ailment.

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Under close medical supervision, Phillip was able to remain in the running all the way to the finish line. "I came close to almost dropping out to get surgery done, but the doctors helped me through it," he told ETonline. The champ will be going under the knife "pretty soon" and is confident he'll be "100%" for the summer tour.

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