American Idol Winner

Phillip Phillips takes gold in American Idol, season 11!

Phillip Phillips always seemed like a sure thing ever since the very first song he “folked” up in front of the American Idol judges, on the first episode he was introduced. He did his own creative version of “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, and did it well.

His personality said it all; silly, rebellious, risky, southern derived and most importantly, good looking and charming! This American Idol contestant seemed to have it all! He even had the background of an average individual (working at a pawn shop) that inspires us all.

Phillips was eager and friendly, developing friendships with other contestants like Colten Dixon and Heejun Han. You could even see the sadness in his face when Dixon was eliminated from the competition.  It was clear that he was a kind hearted individual!

Yeah, he was another white guy with a guitar, which isn’t unfamiliar in American Idol’s past. But his gritty style and unique showmanship separated him from the generic characteristics of the last five winners. Not to mention, he showed dedication and strength while dealing with kidney problems throughout the season.

Jessica Sanchez was “living on borrowed time” as some would say. She was supposed to be eliminated in a previous episode, but was saved by the judges. Unfortunately the tides couldn’t change and a female vocalist couldn’t reign supreme over the American Idol kingdom, but there is also hope for future seasons.

According to an MTV News interview, the young diva-in-training seemed to be optimistic and understanding in her defeat. When asked how she felt, she expressed how relieved she was for it all to be done with and concluded that “…Phillip really deserved to win, and I’m happy for him”.

She also stated “When they announced that it was Phillip, I was so happy, and I knew it already. So, that’s why I gave him a big hug. I was smiling the whole time.” It seemed she was well aware of Phillip’s growing popularity and likelihood to win.

When asked how she felt about herself as an artist she said “I wanna be more like the Rihanna kind.” She continued to explain “More like the urban, R&B kind of stuff but a little bit of pop…”

As for Phillips, it would seem he is excited for his first professional album which is sure to have elements of folk similar to Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons. Nonetheless, his success will depend on record sales, and no longer will be dependent on America’s votes! Good luck Philips and Sanchez!

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