'Idol' Phillips makes comeback at July 4 show
America will get to hear from its newest "American Idol" Phillip Phillips as he makes a comeback performance following kidney surgery earlier this month at this year's July Fourth celebration on the National Mall, The Associated Press reports.
In Washington, Phillips will perform his hit single "Home" for an expected audience of more than 300,000 from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol before the annual fireworks. The show is broadcast live on PBS and NPR.
Phillips will join Matthew Broderick, country singer Josh Turner, "Smash" star Megan Hilty, composer John Williams, U.S. Olympic athletes and others at the concert, along with the National Symphony Orchestra.
"It's probably the biggest thing I've ever done besides 'American Idol,' " he said. "I'm just excited to get out there and do my first real live performance since everything that's been going on."
After this show, Phillips will be starting the "American Idol Live!" tour, which kicks off July 6 in Detroit and comes to Nassau Coliseum on Aug. 22.