“American Idol” contestant Phillip Phillips was taken to a medical facility this morning for emergency treatment … TMZ has learned — and his future on the show is now in question.
Sources tell TMZ, Phillip — the guy who always performs with a guitar on the show — was complaining of intense pain in his abdomen … and it seemed serious enough to sound the alarm.
The nature of the medical emergency is unclear — but we’re told people close to Phillip suspect it could be gallstones.
Gallstones? REALLY? Speedy recovery to Phil. I’m sure he’ll be fine at least by next week.
UPDATE: Zap2it reports that he’s back from the hospital and will participate in tonight’s results show.
UPDATE: TMZ talked to Phil’s Dad:
Phillip’s dad tells TMZ … his son has had 5 kidney stone procedures to remove kidney stones. He says it’s been a problem since October. As for performing, we’re told Phillip is determined to continue on A.I. and will postpone any type of procedure … at least until he knows the results tonight. But it’s still really painful.