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'American Idol' winner Phillips undergoes surgery

This image provided by FOX-TV shows Phillip Phillips, of Leesburg, Ga., performing Thursday May 17, 2012.  (AP Photo/Michael Becker, FOX)

This image provided by FOX-TV shows Phillip Phillips, of Leesburg, Ga., performing Thursday May 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Becker, FOX)

LOS ANGELES — "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips, who was plagued by serious kidney problems during the singing contest, is recovering from surgery.

A spokeswoman for series producer 19 Entertainment said Thursday that the operation went well for the 21-year-old Phillips. Leslie Fradkin says the singer from Leesburg, Ga., will be ready for the July 6 start of the "American Idol" national concert tour.

The guitar-playing Phillips defeated 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez to become the Fox talent competition's 11th season victor last month.