Meet American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips

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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


13 Responses to “Meet American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips”

  1. Lisa says:

    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. [...] Phillip Phillips:  He didn’t sound as special without his guitar, but I want to hear more. [...]

  3. [...] International Team:  Richie Lawson, Heejun Han, Jairon Jackson and Phillip Phillips still aren’t getting along.  And this Richie guy might be as big a jerk as he seemed last [...]

  4. Chris says:

    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.

  5. [...] Phillip Phillips:  I’ve loved him with his guitar.  Performed without it Thursday and still sounded special. [...]

  6. [...] that he’s cute and adorable), Joshua Ledet (probably the best voice we’ve heard) and Phillip Phillips (remind you of any past winners?) and Colton Dixon (one of the last green mile cuts a year [...]

  7. [...] Phillip Phillips:  This guy has all the makings of the next Idol.  Good personality.  Sounds great when he performs with his guitar, especially.  And he looks like he did it again in his final Vegas performance. And he’s into the semifinals.  Judges’ rating: Excellent decision. [...]

  8. Carissa Borrego says:

    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!!

  9. [...] early favorites:   Phillip Phillips, Colton Dixon and Joshua Ledet.  The latter only because he’s the best pure singer of the [...]

  10. [...] Phillip Phillips:   He’s cut from the same mold as the last three winners and will change up songs with the [...]

  11. [...] Phillip Phillips:  Casey Abrams, partly because he plays a lot of instruments. “I’d be like, ‘What’s up, bro? Want to jam out? Get your bass.’” [...]

  12. [...] Phillip Phillips (1):  I don’t know if it was vocally perfect, but wasn’t Phillip’s version of Stevie [...]

  13. [...] Phillip Phillips:   ”In the car, by myself.    That’s where I do a lot of my singing. ” [...]

  14. [...] Phillip Phillips:  Wow, you wonder if kidney stones might force Phillip out of this competition after hearing that opening segment. But have no fear, Phillip is on stage and launches into a rowdy version of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle.”  There’s nothing painful about that energetic performance.  He didn’t change it up as much as he’s changed up songs in the past, but he sounded just fine. The judges compliment him on his song choice and his performance.  Apparently, Phillip underwent surgery for those kidney stones near the end of last week.  Grade: B. [...]

  15. [...] Phillip Phillips (1):  If he could perform that well after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones, imagine how good [...]

  16. [...] Grade B solid.  And with his fan base, he’s going nowhere but on to the top 9.  Ditto for Phillip Phillips Jr., who put his own twist on Billy Joel’s “Movin’ [...]

  17. [...] Joshua Ledet Erika Van Pelt Heejun Han Phillip Phillips [...]

  18. [...] attitudes:  Regardless of what Jimmy Iovine said, I think Phillip Philiips and Colton Dixon handled Tommy Hilfiger’s advice perfectly.  They ignored it.  And their [...]

  19. [...] Phillip Phillips 1. A guitar 2. A cage 3. Heejun Han and cowboy (Richie Lawson) in the cage [...]

  20. [...] Phillip Phillips (1):  Jimmy Iovine criticized Phillip for not taking advice after he refused to change his style for [...]

  21. [...] Phillip Phillips:  Jimmy says if his own material is 80 percent as good as his covers, we’re seeing the birth of a star.  He also says Stevie is seldom wrong, and everyone knows she was incredibly impressed with Phillip. He’s safe. [...]

  22. [...] steady:  Jessica and Phillip, meanwhile, continue to prove they deserve their frontrunner status.  Both got high praise from [...]

  23. [...] Phillip Phillips (1):   Until he falters, Phillip stays right here in the rankings.  And he sure didn’t falter [...]

  24. [...] 1. Phillip Phillips (1): You know, I sorta agree with Jimmy Iovine’s critique of Phillip last week. It was his weakest performance since the finals started. And the guy who’s known for changing up songs hasn’t exactly reminded me of the second coming of David Cook. But he won’t be in danger of coming anywhere near the bottom three for a couple more weeks, so he’s got time to catch fire. [...]

  25. [...] Phillip Phillips:   Jimmy didn’t like Phillip’s performance, predicting he’ll be in the bottom three.  It was like Dave Matthews singing Maroon 5, Jimmy says. [...]

  26. macie says:

    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

  27. [...] 5.   Phillip Phillips (1):    Right about now, an Idol winner should be hitting his or her stride.  Instead, Phillip is heading in the opposite direction.  His shining moments the last two weeks haven’t been his solo performances — which have been just so-so — but his duets with Elise.  On Wednesday, he’d be wise to steal a trick from Colton on one of his songs,  stripping it down and delivering a solid, tender, emotion-filled vocal.  Perhaps minus the guitar. [...]

  28. [...] Phillip Phillips:   Jimmy says Phillip did a good job on the Usher song. He wasn’t as fond of the second song.  He says he should be in the finale.  He’s picking the best songs.  Phillip is safe. [...]

  29. [...] 3. Phillip Phillips (5):  The Season 11 contestant with the reputation for putting his own stamp on songs is in danger of losing that status to an upstart named Skylar. This would be an excellent week for Phillip to remind us how well he does it. After two weeks in the doghouse, Phillip was suddenly back in the good graces of Jimmy and the judges last week. Go figure. [...]

  30. [...] Phillip Phillips:  Jimmy says Phillip is having a rough time with his health.  He thinks that detracted from his “Fat Bottomed Girl” performance.  Jimmy says he thinks the second song choice was a mistake.  And he thinks he created an opening for someone else to slip into the final.  Phillip is safe. [...]

  31. [...] 3. Phillip Phillips (3):   If ever Phillip was going to land in the bottom three, it figured to be last week when he coasted through “Fat Bottomed Girls,”  then performed a Dave Matthews song that wasn’t exactly a judge pleaser or a crowd pleaser.  It’s been a while since Phillip’s been special — about a month to be precise — and if this ranking were based on recent performances only, Phillip would be at the bottom. Yet he’s the only Idol left never to visit Idol’s stools of danger. [...]

  32. [...] 3. Phillip Phillips (4): And if there’s a more divisive Idol contestant than Joshua, it’s Phillip. He’s an artist I keep hearing. And the powers at Idol sure thought his artistry was in full bloom when he performed “Volcano” last week. I’m afraid I’m in the contingent that respects Phillip for being a great guy and a pretty good singer, but doesn’t quite get the hype. Other than he’s a cute guy who plays guitar, like Idol’s last four winners. And I would have been more impressed with the artistry of “Volcano” if Joshua and Jessica hadn’t followed him to the stage that very same night and turned in far superior vocal performances. [...]

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