May 24, 2012

Phillip Phillips is the new 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

Bluesy guitar man Phillip Phillips is the new “American Idol,” defeating teenage songbird Jessica Sanchez.
Phillip Phillips, the 21-year-old from Leesburg, Ga., was anointed the winner of the 11th season of American Idol on Wednesday night. A fan and judges’ favorite, the easy-going singer sailed through the competition, never landing among the weekly bottom three.

By way of contrast, Jessica Sanchez, the 16-year-old from Chula Vista, Calif., whom Phillips prevailed over in the finals, was actually eliminated by viewer votes more than a month ago but was brought back by the judges.

Phillips, the fifth consecutive male Idol, had his detractors who saw him as mannered and egregiously derivative. But his supporters responded overwhelmingly to his distinctive style, his easy charm, and relaxed sexiness.

Phillips confirmed his laid-back image Wednesday night. Ryan Seacrest asked the finalists if they had gotten any sleep on the eve of the big night. Phillips responded, “I got nine and a half, ten hours sleep. It was good.” So, yeah, he wasn’t sweating the results too much.




But he has had health concerns. Struggling with significant kidney problems through the Hollywood portion of the season, Phillips is reportedly scheduled for surgery now that the show has wrapped.

The two-hour finale was the usual grab bag of seasoned musicians: John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Rihanna, Neil Diamond and others. Mostly the program seemed designed to promote the Idol summer tour with upbeat song and dance medleys for the other Top 12 contestants. Last year the tour had trouble with ticket sales.


This was also the season that for the first time in nearly a decade saw Idol lose the crown as TV’s most watched show, getting surpassed by CBS’s NCIS.

Whether Phillips can spur an Idol revival or if he will preside over the show’s accelerating fall should quickly become apparent. Either way, you suspect he won’t lose much sleep over it.


So, season 11 may be over, but there is always more “Idol” to come. Your top 10 hit the road in July for the “Idols Live” tour and the season 12 auditions kick off next month. Check out the tour and audition dates below!

“Idols Live” Tour Dates for more details Click Here.
Friday July 6: Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Saturday July 7: Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Monday July 9: Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Wednesday July 11: St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Thursday July 12: Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Saturday July 14: Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center
Monday July 16: West Valley City, UT Maverik Center
Wednesday July18: Seattle, WA Key Arena at Seattle Center
Thursday July 19: Portland, OR Rose Garden
Saturday July 21: Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion
Sunday July 22: San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
Monday July 23: Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
Wednesday July 25: Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
Thursday July 26: San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
Friday July 27: Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Sunday July 29: Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Monday July 30: Lafayette, LA Cajundome
Tuesday July 31: Jackson, MS Mississippi Coliseum
Thursday August 2: Orlando, FL Amway Center
Friday August 3: Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
Sunday August 5: Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
Monday August 6: N. Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
Wednesday August 8: Washington, DC Verizon Center
Thursday August 9: Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Saturday August 11: Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Sunday August 12: Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Tuesday August 14: Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
Wednesday August 15: Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
Thursday August 16: Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Saturday August 18: Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
Sunday August 19: Worcester, MA DCU Center
Tuesday August 21: Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Wednesday August 22: Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
Saturday August 25: Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
Sunday August 26: Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
Tuesday August 28: Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Thursday August 30: Albany, NY Times Union Center
Saturday September 1: Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
Sunday September 2: Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Tuesday September 4: Syracuse, NY War Memorial at OnCenter
Thursday September 6: Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Friday September 7: Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Saturday September 8: Reading, PA Sovereign Center
Monday September 10: Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
Tuesday September 11: Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
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