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Phillip Phillips post-win interview, photos from the finale

AMERICAN IDOL: Finalist Phillip Phillps and special guest John Fogerty perform during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Finalist Phillip Phillps and special guest John Fogerty perform during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. CR: Michael Becker/FOX

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.)

Other topics:

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.

- And if you want to give “Idol” feedback, take this survey on the americanidol.com site.

- Audition cities and dates for AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 include Los Angeles, CA, on Thursday, June 7; San Antonio, TX, on Thursday, June 14; Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, June 19; Newark, NJ, on Saturday, June 23; Chicago, IL, on Thursday, July 12; and Oklahoma City, OK, on Friday, July 20.

And here are photo highlights from the finale, including Fantasia and those pants! (JTesla, this is for you!)

AMERICAN IDOL: Special guest Fantasia Barrino performs during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Special guest Fantasia Barrino performs during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Special guest Chaka Kahn performs with the lady finalists during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Special guest Chaka Kahn performs with the lady finalists during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Special guest Reba McEntire and Finalist Skylar Laine perform during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Special guest Reba McEntire and Finalist Skylar Laine perform during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Special guest Rihanna performs during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Special guest Rihanna performs during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Idol Finalist Jessica Sanchez and Special Guest Jennifer "Crazy Eyes" Holliday perform during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Idol Finalist Jessica Sanchez and Special Guest Jennifer "Crazy Eyes" Holliday perform during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. CR: Michael Becker/FOX

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114 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

May 25th, 2012
7:45 am

JT, never say Rodney doesn’t care! ;-)

It will be very interesting to see how Phil and the Idol machine get along. So far, his heels are dug in and they can’t move him. Time will tell whether they stick together or not.

And as much as I love Phil, I think Idol has finally reached a point where they have to do something about the voting. I’m not sure that the outcome would be any different but, at least, Idol viewers could believe in it. They don’t believe in it now.

Deirdre

May 25th, 2012
7:48 am

But let’s also talk about the ramifications of changing the voting system. It isn’t the way it is JUST so Idol can talk about huge numbers. There is also, obviously, a large faction of the audience that loves the whole power voting ability. Would they lose the multi-texters as viewers as well as voters?

I think they are now caught between a rock and a hard place. Whatever they choose to do about the voting will cause another big loss of viewers.

Harriett

May 25th, 2012
8:17 am

Morning!

D, if it is true that they will lose a lot more viewers, why would they consider changing it?

Alex

May 25th, 2012
8:19 am

Deirdre
May 25th, 2012
7:45 am

“I think Idol has finally reached a point where they have to do something about the voting”

Agreed. I do believe there’s enough technology out there to limit the votes whether the are text, phone, or online.

FWIW, I like the fact the Phil stuck to his guns. In fact, I believe a lot of the suggestions given Joshua and Jessica could have actually hurt them. I really thought Jessica’s 3 performances on Tuesday could have been better. The song choices afforded her by the judges and producers did her no favors.

Deirdre

May 25th, 2012
8:25 am

Harriett. I’m not sure they are considering changing it. I think that it’s time for a major change but, at this point in the show’s long history, any changes will mess with viewership.

New judges will give the ratings another bounce, which will be good.

And of course the technology is available to limit the voting. They already limit voting on DWTS and SYTYCD. Nigel understands how it works so I’m not sure why he appears to be against it on Idol.

Karen

May 25th, 2012
8:36 am

I am a fan of Phillip, but I think Rodney is right and he is going to be a headache to a record label. Phillip can be his own person, but he does need to listen to those who know the industry also. I thought Phillip got better the last few weeks, especially the second to last and the finale. In my mind (and I may just be missing it), he sang more melodies (like had been mentioned to him) and that endeared him to the audience. He was still able to make those songs his (to some extent), but they weren’t ALL his way.

He won, I am excited. Jessica will do very well (if not better if she listens to the advice she is given). I feel like we haven’t heard the last of Skylar or Colton and it is a toss up on Hollie for me. I actually liked Hollie better than Jessica. I await next season, and hope it is without JLo….she grated on my nerves this season.

Karen

May 25th, 2012
8:39 am

Most of the comments are about the voting. I don’t know if I have an opinion about that. I am one of those who don’t vote much. I voted this season for Phillip the last few weeks, and some for Colton and Skylar earlier. I don’t think they will lose viewers by limiting voting, but it may make things less exciting. I mean…..what WILL Ryan say at the beginning of the finale……after the limited voting just isn’t as exciting….:)

Sam-A

May 25th, 2012
8:53 am

Please, everyone – use the Idol link to express your dismay with the judges. You can write everything you feel about the show, the judges, etc. I felt so much better being able to have my say about the dismal judges table. If enough people tell them how they feel, maybe there will be some changes.

Barbara, hope you find your way here. You’ll find that a number of us regulars have had a diverse number of issues over the past few years, incl health issues ourselves, preemie baby fighting for survival, loss of parents and their dementia journeys, etc., loss of beloved pets – you name it we’ve had and discussed them all. So there’s a great deal of both sympathy and empathy in this home-away-from-home. Never hesitate to discuss your feelings and problems.

I was a bit disappointed with “Duets” – agree with Deirdre, I was a little bored. And Kelly’s duet with the gal on “Stronger” was fantastic – why it was rated next to bottom I cannot understand at all. I was pleasantly surprised that Jen Nettles can actually sing with a fairly normal voice – usually is so high-pitched and nasal! Not sure I’ll hang around – maybe just record and watch the Kelly stuff.

They didn’t really clarify what goes on in the show – do we ever vote? Strange vibe.

Hope Phillipx2 gets his operation sooner than later. What a joyous/sad time for this young man. Sad his biggest adventure of a lifetime was filled with paid.

Harriett

May 25th, 2012
9:00 am

I thought Duets was just a glorified The Voice. The talent was not so warmed-over as it is on The Voice–in fact it was very good. But, I think, while enjoyable to watch the performances, this is another show that is going to be about the judges competing and not focused on the contestants. Kelly even referenced herself as being extremely competitive.

G

May 25th, 2012
9:09 am

First of all, I feel dirty about posting this AM in a blog dedicated to pp. He’s not as bad as Lee DeWyze, but he belongs in the same bucket. I could care less how his career unfolds. He can sell nickel or platinum. No skin off my back.

Changes or no changes, AI is going to have disenchantment. The power of AI is the wide open voting system. Introducing the “save” shook the base, but it remained in tact. I say make whatever changes, because AI can afford to. The die-hards won’t leave, and the changes may entice skeptics to stay.

I would hold the judges feet to the fire and make them give scores. Weight the scores and voting, then you really balance off the “crazed voting”.

I don’t know what you do about the WGWG thing, if anything. Apparently, that type of winner is the face of the show (as of recent winners) and it doesn’t appear to change any time soon. Either you no longer allow instrumentalist; end the show with a female and male champion; or change the voting system.

Woodpappy

May 25th, 2012
9:11 am

Thanks for the inside scoop on how Phillip thinks and probably will react in the future. Hope he does well but there will indeed be some head bumping in his future. During the season you could tell when he really wasn’t feeling well at all. I’ve had kidney stones before and it’s hard to think about anything else but getting relief much less performing. Looking forward to a nice off season here with the family.

JTesla

May 25th, 2012
9:22 am

Thank you Rodney! This is the best thread ever, we’ve got Fantasia, Rihanna, Chaka Khan in her cat suit and Jennifer Holiday getting ready to gobble down poor little Jessica. Rodney is a professional, he knows how to deliver the goods!

Ahhh Fantasia!

JTesla

May 25th, 2012
9:23 am

Oh and thanks Rodney for the information from WGWG#5.

Rodney Ho

May 25th, 2012
9:25 am

I’m in Cocoa, Fla. about to embark on a Royal Caribbean cruise for a weekend. Please be kind and enjoy the holiday weekend! Love… exciting and new…

Deirdre

May 25th, 2012
9:26 am

I think Phil’s kidney problems may be more than stones. He said in the interview that his right kidney is basically not functioning at all on its own and the stent,which has been adjusted EIGHT times(that might be what he was doing on Sundays while the Ford ad was being filmed) over the course of the Idol season, is there to keep some kind of flow going. He does seem very confident that the surgery will fix the problem

G

May 25th, 2012
9:26 am

Also, there’s nothing exciting about seeing the same type of winner year after year. I think this year was more exciting than most because the pool of talent was so strong. Even with the strength of this year’s talent, I still believe in my heart of hearts that Scotty would’ve won over Jess and Josh.

Apparently, a large portion of the Idol mainstream is fine with the same type of winner year after year. But I think that a significant portion of viewers will just give up. Honestly, we all knew how this thing was going to end when pp made it to the top 12………WGWG will alway reign supreme on Idol.

Josh, Jess, Elise, and Hollie made the season exciting because of there talent. Many of us thought they were good enough to give us a refreshing new champion. However……same crap, different year. LOL!!! If that doesn’t let the air out of your sail, I don’t know what does.

Sam-A

May 25th, 2012
9:26 am

JT: Guess you’ve realized a lifetime of fantasies in one thread this am, thanks to RoHo!

Deirdre

May 25th, 2012
9:26 am

Have fun, Rodney. You didn’t tell me this yesterday so I wouldn’t beg you to take me with you, right? ;-)

JTesla

May 25th, 2012
9:28 am

Enjoy the cruise Rodney.

I’m still laughing at Fantasia, that is pure comedy right there!

G

May 25th, 2012
9:30 am

For the typo police: always, their, and anything else I missed.

Rodney Ho

May 25th, 2012
9:33 am

As for Phillip’s optimism about his prognosis, I hope he’s not just being youthfully optimistic, that he indeed will be able to recover quickly. With reporters, I suspect he’s downplaying things.

Rodney Ho

May 25th, 2012
9:35 am

I think the rule of thumb Sam-A is to converse with regulars on the newest blog entry. If you still have thoughts about the specific prior blog, go there and comment, then come on back!

Rodney Ho

May 25th, 2012
9:36 am

And normally, I try to restrict my “Idol” blog entries to once a day (not counting the live blog entry) but given that this was a busy week, I made an exception.

G

May 25th, 2012
9:42 am

Enjoy the cruise Roho. I’ll be taking my cruise in September.

Sam-A

May 25th, 2012
10:01 am

RoHo: I am NOT complaining – always glad to have a new thread – when they get more than 3 pages, it’s a pain! Just hoping everyone transfers, especially when there’s an extended conversation going on like yesterday, re tv shows and books.

Hope your cruise is Eastern Caribbean – looks like a hurricane brewing on W side of Mex, that’s expected to come across and cause trouble in the Gulf in a few days.

Have a great, restful trip. We’ll hold down the fort for you.

Alex

May 25th, 2012
10:02 am

ROHO, enjoy the cruise. Hope the waters aren’t “pitchy”. :lol:

Harriett

May 25th, 2012
10:53 am

The Love Boat!! Have fun, Rodney!

JTesla

May 25th, 2012
11:11 am

Didn’t I joke a few weeks ago about Rodney blogging from a caribbean cruise? Yeah… he’s kind of like that. Of course when I made that joke he was probably cruising off Fiji dining on beluga caviar at the time and he laughed at how wrong I was.

Rickster

May 25th, 2012
11:14 am

If anyojne is going to the Braves game tomorrow, be sure to stick around after the game for a concert by Scotty McCreary.

I wonder if they’ll have him throw out the first pitch?

Oxwinkle

May 25th, 2012
11:22 am

Didn’t the guy on the right do the music for The Kimmer’s Herp-in & Hoe-in?

Rickster

May 25th, 2012
12:06 pm

Oxwinkle… yes he did.

MyPatootie

May 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

Rickster, actually with the way things are going for the Braves(just lost four in a row to the Reds) they should have him on the mound pitching. That still doesn’t solve their hitting problems though. Based on what I have read he is a really good high school pitcher. Even got hit in the throat this year but no after effects. For a singer that’s not a good place to get hit.

Rickster

May 25th, 2012
1:59 pm

Oxwinkle reminds me of a funny story – at my expense.

I used to listen to “The Kimmer” in the afternoon on the way home. When they cam back from the 5:00 news break, Kimmer would play “Up Around The Bend” and do some “Herp-ing & Ho-ing” (cadence calls from his Marine Corps days.)

I’d herp & ho right along with him.

One day I was at the former Hooters on Memorial Dr when the jukebox started playing “Up Around The Bend.” Instinctively, I started herping and hoing….till I realized I wasn’t in my car with the windows rolled up.

Boy… the stares I got.

:-D

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
2:34 pm

Rodney, I love the pictures! :-)

And JT, I love your name for Philip. WGWG #5. Perfect!

Oh boy. I miss this morning, and y’all get on my sorest subject! Well, this will come as a huge surprise to y’all (haha) but I believe voting changes have been needed ever since the Taylor debacle.

People lose interest in the race when the outcome is predetermined. And let’s face it, that’s what Idol’s become. A race with some good singers all chasing to catch up with a mediocre WGWG.

As G said… same crap, different year.

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
2:36 pm

Wouldn’t it be MUCH better for the show to have a winner like Carrie or Kelly, instead of yet another WGWG that people power-vote in and then don’t support post-show for more than a minute or two? Costing the show credibility, and making it the butt of many jokes.

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
2:39 pm

And finally…. sure, change might bother some of the viewers who are power-vote-obsessed… but I bet not. Those people will still be curious enough to watch, and will probably find it a challenge to try and wrangle the system (how many email addresses can I use? how many FB pages?) But they won’t be able to do enough to control things the way they do now.

Changes might even win back some viewers who have left the show or are on the fence because of the WGWG domination. A friend was just saying to me this morning that she hasn’t watched in several seasons for that reason… but she was drawn back in this season by the talent. However, now she’s “thoroughly disgusted” (her words) and probably won’t watch again. :-(

Rickster

May 25th, 2012
2:39 pm

MyPatootie… they ought to at least let Scotty pitch BP. Give him a ceremonial uniform with his name on the back!

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
2:40 pm

And now, what color shall I re-paint the soapbox? How about red, white and blue for Memorial Day?

Deirdre

May 25th, 2012
2:49 pm

I’m pretty sure that guitars were not allowed until David Cook’s season. Which would mean that Taylor was not #1wgwg.

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
3:01 pm

Right, D… if Taylor was #1, then that would make Phil #6.

So technically I guess Phil’s WG#6, but only WGWG#5. :-)

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
3:03 pm

Although really I wouldn’t lump David Cook in with the others. When he won, the ten-mile WGWG headstart didn’t exist yet. He really was good and original and deserved it.

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
3:09 pm

I was reading an awards article on the MTV site…which was hilarious in itself, but I think we can only post one link at a time…. anyway, it gave out tons of funny awards (because, you know, everyone should get a trophy just for participating.) But the best part was these predictions they made back in January.

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1677439/american-idol-season-11-predictions.jhtml

How funny that the last one came true! Gee, wonder how he knew? ;-)

Vast Wastrel

May 25th, 2012
3:09 pm

The pics seem to all feature either a wig or thunder thighs, some of them have both. Also catsuits aren’t for everyone.

As to the voting I will cite the Fox affiliate’s story last week with the woman that claimed to have voted for Phillip 16,277 times on 3 phone lines. That was a week with a purported 2 hour voting period. Say she and others like her got in 25,000 this week, That would result in the record of 132 million being submitted by a little more than 5,000 uber fans. Making the power voters mad would have very little effect on the overall viewing numbers.

BTW, I tested the Skype voting method and was able to successfully vote after the EDT/CDT window had closed. The system as it is can be circumvented with VoIP for rapid and unlimited voice call voting during the allotted times for all time zones. Online and Facebook voting can be gamed as well utilizing proxy servers but with the human code verification it is too slow to be effective. To those that deemed the Skype thing an internet hoax here is a link to an official Skype blog touting their availability to vote on the Idol lines from anywhere in the world:
blogs.skype.com/play/2012/05/american-idol-fans-vote-for-th.html

If they really want to tweak the show to respond to the ratings dip then letting the millions of viewers know that their ONE vote can count would be a worthy goal. This could also have an effect on the WGWG thing as a broader spectrum of viewers who are not willing to wear their fingers out for hours on end might have other interests in music or at least what they consider an “Idol”.

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
3:11 pm

And even funnier that the author states: “Read on, fellow “Idol” aficionados,” and hope my last prediction doesn’t come true — even though I’m willing to bet it does.”

:mrgreen:

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
3:15 pm

Great job, Vast! That’s what I was thinking too about the power voters not being so much a HUGE block as a BUSY one… but it is interesting to see it validated with the numbers.

And AMEN to this. “If they really want to tweak the show to respond to the ratings dip then letting the millions of viewers know that their ONE vote can count would be a worthy goal. This could also have an effect on the WGWG thing as a broader spectrum of viewers who are not willing to wear their fingers out for hours on end might have other interests in music or at least what they consider an “Idol”.”

Orlando

May 25th, 2012
3:17 pm

Great Post(s) Jenny.

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
3:18 pm

And I did vote this season, but mostly just on principle to feel like I was supporting Hollie and later Jessica.

Never, not even once, did I feel that the few votes I cast could actually matter.

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
3:19 pm

Thanks Orlando! :-)

Orlando

May 25th, 2012
3:20 pm

And they really dont count, Jenny… You are up against the tweens, and others..he is more popular than Ferris Bueller. (remember the scene where the secretary listed all his followers???? Hilarious….)

Jenny

May 25th, 2012
3:28 pm

Exactly, Orlando. I actually hadn’t voted in a couple of years before this, because there isn’t really any point.

I hope, hope, hope that people from the show monitor some of these blogs. And if they do, I hope they notice (and care) that so many of their long-time loyal viewers have become very disillusioned.

And it’s a shame they’re driving us away, because adults with good jobs are more apt to spend more money… both on iTunes and with the show’s advertisers. I would imagine most tweens are on a bit more limited budget.