Rocking "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice (search) underwent emergency surgery Friday to fix a "kink" in his intestines, according to reports.

Bice was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital on Thursday shortly before he was supposed to perform as part of the current "American Idol Live!" tour (search).

"It was major surgery," his mother Nancy Downes said. "Bo is recovering. Doctors removed a tube from his stomach used for draining blood during surgery ... he was very ill." She said he is doing better now.

The singer's grandmother told a local newspaper that Bice "has had ulcers most of his life."

Downes was unable to say whether her son might return to the "Idol" tour, which features the latest batch of top 10 finalists.