'Idols' Serenade Recovering Phillip Phillips
By PAIGE FEIGENBAUM
June 20, 2012
Phillip Phillips is on the mend after undergoing kidney surgery earlier this month. The American Idol champ is finding the strength to endure a rigorous summer tour schedule. ETonline spoke to him and the other top ranking finalists about hitting the road.
"I'm not 100%, but I'm good. Better than expected," Phillip reported. "I haven't really been able to rehearse as everyone else because I've been recovering."
The support of his tour mates didn't go unnoticed as they serenaded him with an a cappella rendition of One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful. Skylar Laine expressed, "We're really proud of him." Quite the jokester when Elise Testone saw him a few days ago, "[He] jumped up from behind a car," she said. "He's in full action, full effect."
That was one of many pranks to come with this conniving bunch. Everyone has a suspicious eye on the always clowning around Heejun Han and they are conspiring to give him a taste of his own medicine. Heejun has set his sights on a higher target, Idol judge Jennifer Lopez. Watch the video to hear about the Punk'd scenario he's thought up for her.
J.Lo and Steven Tyler are busy with tours of their own this summer, but the Idols hope they cross paths with the panelists en route. Colton Dixon "was so blown away by Jennifer's performance on the finale" and would enjoy her full-blown extravaganza. He added, "Steven is king of rock 'n' roll." Elise has "dreamed" of being an opening act for Aerosmith, but just seeing them in concert this summer would suffice if time allows.
Health and humility intact, Phillip and the rest of the Top 10 embark on the 45-city American Idol Live! Tour on July 6 in Detroit, Michigan. Watch the interviews to hear more about the big shebang they have planned for audiences nationwide.