‘American Idol’ Contestant Phillip Phillips Rushed To Doctor’s Office

Becky Bain | March 9, 2012 10:16 am

American Idol Season 11’s health scare is far from over. Fan favorite Phillip Phillips was hospitalized Thursday morning for emergency treatment after complaining of severe pains in his abdomen. Phillips’ dad revealed that his son suffered from kidney stones, and had had five previous procedures to remove them. The acoustic singer was well enough to appear during last night’s results show, and probably felt even better when he was saved from elimination. (Jeremy Rosado was the unlucky contestant sent packing.)

This is hardly the first illness to threaten the fate of an Idol’s tenure on the show. Last year, scruffy jazz enthusiast Casey Abrams was hospitalized for stomach pains, and the year before that, runner-up Crystal Bowersox almost missed performing when she was treated for diabetic complications.