Phillip Phillips is still recovering from his big win Wednesday night on American Idol. And he'll soon be recovering from surgery.
This morning, calling in to Live! with Kelly, the new champ, 21, said he only had "about two and a half hours of sleep" Wednesday night. He was due to be on the show next week but won't be able to, he said, explaining, "I've been sick this whole show. I'm trying to get all my work done, to recover."
Phillips was hospitalized at one point early in the season, and has been battling kidney problems. He added, "It's been tough. I've had a lot of great people around me, great doctors. That helps out a lot."
When Ripa asked him about upcoming surgery, he wasn't specific about what or when exactly he'd be having it, but said, "Yes, I'll be having it here soon. I'm getting prepared for all that. I'm ready to feel better, feel like myself."
Update: USA TODAY's Brian Mansfield reports that Phillips says he will be fine in time for the Idol tour, which kicks off July 6.
In a press call today, Phillips said his right kidney isn't functioning and the surgery would correct that.
In an interview with People, Phillips' father says his son has already had "eight surgeries" throughout the Idol competition season.
Phillips suffered with a build up of kidney stones and underwent multiple operations to remove them. In the next few weeks, after another surgery to reconstruct his kidneys, says People. "The recovery's probably two to four weeks," said his father. "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."