Phillip Phillips: American Idol Season 11 Winner
Last spring, Georgia native Phillip Phillips became the 11th winner of American Idol, FOX’s popular, star-making music competition show. The young singer-songwriter is just twenty-one-years-old, but he has been playing music since he was fourteen. Phillip cites Jonny Lang, Damien Rice, Mumford & Sons and Tool as his music inspirations.
Phillip had originally auditioned for another competition show, America’s Got Talent, but did not make it into the show’s finals. However, opportunity came knocking once again when he auditioned for American Idol in Savannah, Georgia. After weeks of voting and elimination rounds, Phillip was declared the American Idol winner when he beat out finalist Jessica Sanchez.
During his time on American Idol, Phillip Phillips secretly suffered from painful kidney stones. While a contestant, Phillip actually underwent eight different surgeries, but somehow managed to deliver incredible performances every week. Now, after enjoying his big Idol and taking some time off in order to recover, Phillip is doing great. He joined Ellen to perform his hit single, “Home,” for the audience.
Phillip Phillips: “Home” Performance on Ellen
“Home” was the song that Phillip sang on stage when he was declared the American Idol winner. The hit single currently holds the record for most digital sales of any American Idol coronation song, ever. “Home” also became popular through its use during the 2012 London Olympic Games, when it became a theme song of sorts for the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team.
Phillip is a very talented singer and guitar player, and he showed off his great skills during his performance for the Ellen audience. Click here to read about Phillip singing “Home” on another talk show, Live! with Kelly and Michael.
Ellen congratulated Phillip on his success when he finished playing, and she said that she was so glad to meet him. Phillip said that he had been very nervous before coming out on stage, but when he saw the Ellen audience members dancing and having fun before the show, his nerves went away! Phillip referred to the use of “Home” during the Olympics as “a huge honor.”