The latest season of "American Idol" may be over, but it's only the beginning for the show's Top 10 contestants. And with the "American Idols Live!" tour kicking off on July 6, "Idol" Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has had to battle serious health issues as he prepares for a summer on the road.
According to E Online, Phillips's previously scheduled kidney surgery has been postponed, and he is expected to make all 45 dates of the summer tour. That's great news for fans, many of whom undoubtedly bought tickets to the show for the sole reason of seeing P2 perform.
So how will Phillip Phillips handle life on the road -- and what's the one thing he definitely wants to bring with him?
Phillips told People that his girlfriend, Hannah Blackwell, has been his biggest supporter. "She supported me throughout all of this, and I love her to death," he said. "I'm hoping maybe she will be able to come on tour with me. It would be cool to have her there."
As for his non-single status, Phillips said, "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. I'm not some cute guy who is trying to be successful off that. I really want the music to come first."
Speaking of the music, what can we expect Phillips to sing on the "American Idols Live!" tour?
He recently tweeted: "Can't believe the #idoltour is coming up so soon! What song do you wanna hear me sing?" Suggestions included his awesome rendition of Damien Rice's "Volcano" and a cover of Sade's "No Ordinary Love."
While Phillips has gone on record as saying his own personal idol is singer Jonny Lang (Phillips sang Lang's 'Still Rainin'" on the show's "Their Personal Idols" week), he also looks to guitarists like Eric Clapton for inspiration.
When a Twitter fan asked him if there was a particular song that he wanted to sing on the show but wasn't able to, Phillips tweeted: "an old love by eric clapton but wouldn't clear…love that song."
(Yeah, we can picture that. Listen to the song here.)
Phillips has also been vocal about wanting to perform some of his original music. Of his coronation song, "Home," Phillips told The Hollywood Reporter, "I don't write songs like that. It's a very good song, and I'm glad people enjoyed it, but I'm itching to do my own stuff." Either way, "Home" will be a given on the tour set list.
Meanwhile, "Home" continues to burn up the charts. Billboard reports that the song has sold over 278,000 downloads, making it the first "Idol" debut single to hit the Hot 100's top 10 since 2008.
The "American Idols Live!" summer tour kicks off on July 6 in Detroit.
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