Phillip Phillips hails from Leesburg, Georgia and his first flight ever landed him in Los Angeles, to compete on American Idol. The young...

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While a new batch of contestants battle to become this year's American Idol, the Season 11 champion is making new headlines this week.

The singer has released the follow-up to his smash single "Home," coming out with the official video for "Gone, Gone, Gone."

A pop-friendly track, the song features inspiring lyrics as as: When life leaves you high and dry/I'll be at your door tonight if you need help, if you need help.

Give the single a listen and the video a viewing now:

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Maybe she just wants to get Home.

Sheryl Phillips, the mother of last year's American Idol champion, was arrested yesterday on charges of DUI.

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The incident took place, according to TMZ insiders, when Albany, Georgia officers pulled over Mrs. Phillips because her van was swerving through traffic.

Sheryl then failed to complete a field sobriety test and was taken into custody.

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He may have spent months on the American Idol stage, earning millions of votes in order to be crowned the 11th champion in series history, but Phillip Phillips is not anxious for a break.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since undergoing kidney surgery, the singer said he's sick of recovery and excited to perform in front of fans this summer on tour.

Phillip Phillips oon the Red Carpet

"I've kind of been going crazy just looking at the four walls surrounding me," Phillips said, adding that he loves to sleep, but he's ready to be active once again.

Phillips has mostly just been "resting and recovering" since the June 7 procedure, but he can pick up a guitar now, which bodes well for his presence at the July 6 tour opener in Detroit.

"I'm pretty confident," he says of joining the nine other Idol finalists as they visit various cities over the next couple months. "I'm just going to have fun with it ... It's going to go well, I believe."

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It's been a back and forth few weeks for Phillip Phillips since being named American Idol champion, but we can now confirm the singer has, indeed, undergone a six-and-a-hour surgery to remove especially large kidney stones that were too large to pass.

He's recovering and is on track to take part in every tour stop this summer.

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"Surgery went well," his rep told multiple media outlets this morning "He's resting and will be ready for the idol tour kickoff in July!"

Phillips fought through eight procedures throughout his Idol run, which ended in May with a victory over Jessica Sanchez.

"[America's] just seen a glimpse of what Phillip can do," his father told People. "We can't wait to get him well and 100 percent and really see how he can perform."

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Very good news for American Idol fans across the country: Phillip Phillips WILL be coming to a venue near you.

The Season 11 champion has been battling kidney problems for months and was scheduled to undergo surgery late last month that may have caused him to miss the opening couple dates on the show's upcoming summer tour.

But sources now tell E! News that Phillips is "doing well" and responding to an alternative treatment. He currently has no plans to follow through with any kind of procedure.

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"He will still be attending all the tour dates and is really looking forward to the launch on July 6," says a rep for the tour.

Phillips will likely be greeted with hearty rounds of applause everywhere he goes. The singer is off to an incredibly strong start to his post-show career, making American Idol history last month due to how many times folks downloaded his winning single, "Home."

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Move over, Kelly Clarkson. Take a seat, Carrie Underwood. Continue to toil away in obscurity, Ruben Studdard.

Phillip Phillips has made history.

The Season 11 champion finished at number-two on the Digital Songs chart this week, as the single "Home" was downloaded 278,000 times, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its the biggest sales week for any winner's coronation single since SoundScan began tracking downloads in 2003.

Moreover, it's the second-best digital sales week EVER for any American Idol contestant at any time, trailing only Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," which debuted with 280,000 downloads.

Phillips' achievement is also the fourth most impressive debut of 2012, placing behind Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" (521,000), Maroon 5's "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa (493,000) and Katy Perry's "Part of Me" (411,000).

The singer will soon be celebrating in a hospital bed, however. Once a high fever comes down, he is scheduled to undergo surgery in order to cure a kidney ailment. We wish him a speedy recovery!

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Ailing American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will not have his long overdue kidney surgery today as scheduled, because he's burning up with a fever.

As if he weren't enduring enough turmoil, Phillips now has a bad sinus infection that has triggered a high fever. As a result, surgeons will not operate.

We're told the surgery has been rescheduled for early next week.

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Phillip has a serious congenital kidney condition that produces kidney stones so large he cannot pass them. This has all but debilitated his right kidney.

He's been through eight surgeries to date, and battled through almost the entire season of American Idol with a stent that was inserted two months ago.

This caused Phillip extreme, continuous pain ... almost as bad as what this young Jessica Sanchez fan went through a week ago Wednesday.

Get well soon P-squared.

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We're sorry to say it, ladies, but: Phillip Phillips has a girlfriend. And he's head over heels for the unnamed brunette.

"She is so excited for me," the 21-year old told reporters in a conference call yesterday. "She supported me throughout all of this, and I love her to death."

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Phillip added that his gal pal has helped him immensely through his kidney ailment - it came out this week that Phillips underwent EIGHT surgeries during season 11 and is due for one in the near future - and if female voters out there have a problem with his heart being taken, well...

... too bad!

"If a girl [voted] for me because I'm cute, and then gets mad that I have a girlfriend, then she doesn't really like the music," he said. "I'm not some cute guy who is trying to be successful off that. I really want the music to come first."

So, why did YOU vote Phillip Phillips for American Idol winner?

 

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He is the champion, our friends.

It took months of performing and over 132 million votes, but Phillip Phillips was finally crowned the American Idol winner last night. And while the outcome may have been clear to many fans for a long time now, try telling that to the 11th title-holder in show history.

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"I don't really feel anything," Phillip told reporters after the show. "Its crazy I'm still a little numb from the whole situation, it's just so unreal. Did I think I was gonna win? Heck no. It's so unreal. It hasn't sunk in yet.

"It's such a blessing to have, I'm kinda ready to try and comprehend it all. After I won, I wasn't thinking about anything. I wasn't thinking about the song, I wasn't wanting to sing or anything. I just started thinking about the journey and how far all of us have come and how far we made it, it's so overwhelming. Jessica has a huge future ahead of her and we're both supportive of each other. I love playing music and I'm just a lucky guy."

Relive this singer's journey now in our Phillip Phillips video section and then vote: Did the right contestant win?

 

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Following a record 132 million votes, performances from Neil Diamond, Rihanna and Aerosmith and a proposal, American Idol crowned a season 11 champion tonight.

Was it ballad singer extraordinaire Jessica Sanchez? Or Dave Matthews prototype Phillip Phillips? Unlike Ryan Seacrest, we won't keep you in suspense for very long. The winner is...

American Idol Finalists

PHILLIP PHILLIPS!

Not exactly a shocker, huh? The guitar-playing crooner was considered a favorite from his very first audition, considering his similar qualities to every other American Idol champion of the past five seasons.

Jessica appeared genuinely happy for Phillip upon hearing the announcement, as Ryan handed Phillip his guitar, Phillips took the crowd "Home" and eventually dissolved into tears, heading into the crowd to hug his parents.

Did Phillip Phillips deserve to win?

 

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