Phillip Phillips of Leesburg has been suffering from serious kidney problems. That’s no secret.
It has impacted him on stage and has prevented him from taking part recently in the Ford commercial shoots. I’ve interviewed him a few times during the competition and he said he’s trying to get as much rest as possible but admits to be perpetually fatigued.
But his personal issues haven’t stopped him from making the finals of “American Idol.”
TMZ said his personal doctor saw him over the weekend during his Leesburg visit and highly recommended he get surgery immediately. But Phillip does want to win. So he’s sticking with the show until Wednesday and will then have surgery, which could take six weeks to recover.
A few weeks ago, he had a stent placed in his kidney but the condition is getting worse, TMZ said.
Nashville musician Bo Bice, who grew up in Cumming for part of his childhood and lived in Birmingham before he joined “Idol,” had major digestive problems while he was competing season four in 2005. I’m going to talk to him at 3:30 p.m. to get his perspective.
Ratings last night was about 16 million viewers with a 4.3 18-49 rating once final numbers are in. This compares to 21.8 million in the comparable results show a year ago and a 6.2 18-49 rating. The Wednesday top 3 performance show drew 17.68 million viewers and a 4.9 18-49 rating. A year ago? 23.56 million and a 7.4 18-49 rating. That’s 34% drop in 18-49 and 25% for overall viewers, consistent from earlier this year.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk