Now with this story about Phillip hitting on a Friday, there's a whole weekend, not to mention the morning/entertainment shows early next week, for the speculation to boil over about whether or not Phillip will even be in the building on Tuesday night, let alone well enough to perform. The show is switching nights next week, which probably hurts the ratings, and any bit of hype to boost interest in the show can't hurt, from TPTB's eyes.
I also wonder if the latest TMZ article is some sort of ploy on Nigel's part to get the Phillip fans not to powervote for him (he's too sick for all the responsibilities that come with winning! We wouldn't want to hurt his recovery!) though if anything the opposite might happen with the sympathy vote.
Edited by Dejana, May 18, 2012 @ 6:52 PM.