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American Idol Backstage Scoop: Phillip Phillips Calls Win “So Unreal”

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After last night’s 132 million votes and a star-studded grand finale show,  confetti showered down as Phillip Phillps was crowned the new  American Idol.

Sitting with 6,999 other Idol fans in the Nokia Theatre,  there was no denying the vibe was electric. The audience was absolutely going  nuts over the superstar guest performances and fancy stage production, but  however great the entertainment, fans were still chomping at the bit for the  final results, and it’s safe to say no one was sitting down when Ryan  Seacrest broke the news.

So what was Phillips’ reaction, and how is runner-up Jessica  Sanchez handling their loss now that the cameras stopped rolling? We  got the stars to spill backstage!

It’s hard to believe Idol‘s season 11 has come to an end. While  the grand finale was packed with performances from Rihanna, Reba  McEntire, Neil Diamond, Chaka  Khan, Fantasia, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer  Lopez and Aerosmith (!!!) it was a  night full of surprises, including a marriage proposal from season-five  contestant Ace Young to third-season  runner-up Diana  Degarmo!

Although the star power was through the roof, the real point of interest was  Sanchez and Phillips, who, after months of competition and hard work, took the  stage one final time to hear results. As the crowd erupted celebrating Phillip’s  win, he abandoned the mic, melting into tears as he walked offstage into his  family’s waiting arms.

Dazed and still in shock, Phillip, 21, made time to talk after the show and  share his feelings about being the new American Idol.

“I don’t really feel anything,” Phillip smiled. “Its crazy I’m still a little  numb from the whole situation it’s just so unreal. Did I think I was gonna win?  Heck no. It’s so unreal. It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s such a blessing to have,  I’m kinda ready to try and comprehend it all. After I won, I wasn’t thinking  about anything. I wasn’t thinking about the song, I wasn’t wanting to sing or  anything. I just started thinking about the journey and how far all of us have  come and how far we made it, it’s so overwhelming. Jessica has a huge future  ahead of her and we’re both supportive of each other. I love playing music and  I’m just a lucky guy.”

Of course not everyone was stoked on the results. Screams of delight battled  with those of disappointment over Phillip’s win and everyone had their opinion  about the outcome, including judge Steven  Tyler, who stopped to share his reaction after the show and to help  explain his reasoning for Jessica’s loss.

“Sometimes you have to realize the rules of this show are every time you  gotta bring it,” he told us. “And whatever it was [fans] loved the last time,  you gotta move it that way. [Jessica’s last song] wasn’t the best. It didn’t  show off her voice as we’ve heard. But for Phillip, he didn’t care and he’s been  vulnerable, I think America loves that. He just don’t care and that’s beautiful.  I said I thought he’d win only because he’s so vulnerable and also I think he’s  going to be a big movie star. I look at his face and I see James Dean.”

While Steven doesn’t plan on leaving his judging spot anytime soon, he did  share his feelings when asked if he would be sad if Jennifer does leave the  show.

“Yeah, probably,” he said. “Everything evolves. Who am I going to sit next to  that makes it really worthwhile?”

As for Jessica, well, the 16-year-old seemed to be taking her loss in stride  and expressed genuine happiness for Phillip when we caught up with her  backstage.

“I’m kind of relieved that this whole thing is over, but I’m also going to  miss everybody here. I’m going to see my Idol family on tour, so I’m  thankful for that. I think that Phillip really deserved to win. I’m so happy for  him. He’s worked harder than any of us. He’s had to keep up with his health  issues with his kidneys, and I think he’s been through it a lot more than us  mentally and physically. I don’t have any regrets at all. I made top two so  that’s crazy. I’m happy, I’m content. Now that this whole thing is over and  now that I have time to really throw myself into my music, it’s going to be all  100-percent me, so I’m excited. I’ve been in this Idol bubble and now  it’s popped, so I don’t know what’s going to happen to me, but I’m excited to  find out.”

Are you happy Phillip won? Do want Jennifer to stay on the judging panel for  next season? Would you audition for the show? Let us know in the comments!




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