Phillip Phillips, Season 11

Meet American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips

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Top 2 Results, Idol Coronation — Home

Top 2 Results — Up Where We Belong (with Jessica Sanchez)

Top 2 — Stand By Me

Top 2 — Movin’ Out

Top 2 — Home

Top 3 — Beggin’

Top 3 — Disease

Top 3 — We’ve Got Tonight

Top 4 — Volcano

Top 4 — Have You Ever Seen The Rain

Top 4 — This Love (with Joshua Ledet)

Top 5 — The Letter

Top 5 — Time of the Season

Top 5 — You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (with Joshua Ledet)

Top 6 — The Stone

Top 6 — Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen)

Top 7 Redux — U Got It Bad

Top 7 Redux — In the Midnight Hour

Top 7 — Give A Little More

Top 7 — Somebody That I Used to Know (with Elise Testone)

Top 8 — That’s All

Top 8 — Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Elise Testone)

Top 9 — Still Rainin

Top 10 — Movin’ Out

Top 11/12 — Hard to Handle

Top 13 — Superstition

Semifinals — In the Air Tonight

Yep, that name is right, and he got the pimp spot on the Season 11 premiere of Idol, performing last and receiving high praise from the judges.

The 20-year-old is from Leesburg, Ga., and works in his dad’s pawn shop.  “It’s fun,” he says, “but kinda scary, too. You never know what’s going to walk through the door.”

Phillip might work there, but he got serious about music at age 14, according to an article in Albany Uncovered.  He says his primary musical influence is Dave Matthews, and he heads the Phillip Phillips band.  He plays the guitar, bass and piano and writes his own music.

And something we didn’t hear about on Idol — he also volunteers with a group called “Mission: Change,” which works to eradicate homelessness and hunger.

I wasn’t thrilled with his overblown vocal on “Superstition.”  He was far more impressive playing guitar and singing “Thriller.”  Jennifer called him “super special.”  Randy called him “amazing” and “a true artist.”

Given the past success of male singer-songwriters who play guitar on Idol, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see much more of this guy in Season 11.

Here are two pre-Idol performances from Phillip.

“Thriller” In Albany Stars competition

An original, “Hazel,” plus an interview

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38 Comments

  1. Lisa January 19, 2012 at 3:44 am -  Reply

    Here is a rising musician. I just saw him on American Idol and saw the “Thriller” audition. Absolutely awesome. Can’t wait to see more.

  2. Chris February 20, 2012 at 1:58 am -  Reply

    As soon as I heard his voice, and saw his akward movements during singing, I immediately thought; Dave Matthews. I knew that he had to have been influenced by Dave.

  3. Carissa Borrego February 23, 2012 at 7:11 am -  Reply

    Loved loved LOVED him since I first saw him on American idol on day one! I can’t wait to hear more! I wish I could meet him!!

  4. macie April 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    phillllllllllly uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu roooooooooooooooooooockkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    most people i think are not a HUGE Fan OF U becausee u dont sometimes dont take thangs true true but im pulling for u out thereeeeeee u can be an amazing singer if u read this i hope thee next time i see u on stageeeeeeeeeee ure blowing it ure hunger is there

    so gooooooo win ittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

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