Phillip Phillips is his own man. That is what’s admirable about him and could also give his future record label and managers down the road headaches.
Already, he created a minor ruckus, saying his original coronation song “Home” is not at all the type of song he plans to sing down the road, almost disavowing it, despite the fact he got great feedback from the audience. In fact, it could end up being a radio hit.
I asked him during today’s phone press conference how that song even came in front of him.
“They just threw that song out there,” he told me. “They felt it was the right fit for me. I wanted to do one of my own songs I’ve written. But we had such a short time and couldn’t really do that recording wise. It’s a good song but it’s not something I’d write. I’m glad people like it.”
He later added that he would never have those big choral oohs and aahs in a song of his. “It’s a little too pop for me,” he said. “I’m a little more rock than that.” He prefers a blend of rock, jazz and acoustic stuff. “I’m kind of excited to get it out there,” he said.
Phillips said he doesn’t have any deep desire to be a big pop star. (I’m sure Jimmy Iovine was thrilled to hear that.)
His girlfriend: “She’ll be able to come on tour with me. She supported me throughout all this. I love her to death.”
On ladies liking him: “I’m all about the music, man. I’m not about trying to be some cute guy trying to be successful. I want the music to come first. I want them to feel it and have fun like I do with it.”
On his emotions after he won, causing him to break down and cry instead of sing: “I didn’t even really want to sing or anything. I was so shocked. I just started thinking about the whole top 12. I just started thinking of this whole journey. It’s so crazy. It was a tough road for all of us. It just kind of got to me a little.” Later, he added, “I honestly didn’t think I was going to win. I was caught so off guard. I was in such awe.”
Worst performance: “Time of the Season.” He wished he could have heard more sound in his inner ear. “That was a pretty bad performance. You can’t go back and change it. You can’t be mad about it. It’s all over with now.”
A reporter tried to get him to talk in more detail about his pain and the kidney issue. He wasn’t elaborative, just said he had to get it fixed up “pretty soon.” He had no date yet though TMZ later said it would be next week in Los Angeles. He did admit he almost left the show at least twice due to the kidney pain. He said a doctor helped him manage it until the show was over.
On winning: “I didn’t have any thoughts. I was very shocked. Overwhelmed. I didn’t know how to process it all. I didn’t know what I was thinking the rest of the night honestly.”
On singing with John Fogerty: “It was so awesome. He’s such a nice guy. It’s a pleasure being on stage with him. He wished me the best. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get to sing together again.”
On leaving Leesburg: “I think I”m going to be moving. I got a lot of things I have to do in a lot of places.” He didn’t say where he’d end up.I’m not sure he even knows yet.
On missing part of the tour due to surgery: “I don’t believe I’m missing anything. I’ll be 100% by then. I’m excited.”
On sticking to his guns: “It’s good to just not let people try to change you. It gets tough when a lot of people are coming your way trying to tell you what you should do or not do. I know myself better than anyone. I know what’s best for me… If I didn’t feel comfortable doing something, I wasn’t going to do it.”
Who he’d love to collaborate with: Damien Rice. Rob Thomas. Eric Clapton.
He didn’t feel he was similar to the past four winners, said the way he plays the guitar makes him different and the fact he’s not a great singer and they were all probably better. (Not Lee DeWyze!)
On his modest assessment of his voice: “I’m not outstanding. I can’t hit all those high notes. I do sometimes try to hit some kind of notes. I try to do something with it.”
On music that helped him while he was in pain: Eminem (loves the lyrics). Clapton. John Butler.
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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk