Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips

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Phillip Phillips
Birth name Phillip Phillips, Jr.
Born September 20, 1990 (age 21)
Leesburg, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2011–present

Phillip Phillips (born Phillip Phillips, Jr. on September 20, 1990) is an American singer from Leesburg, Georgia.[1] He is currently a Top 2 finalist on the eleventh season of American Idol.[2]


Early life

Phillips grew up in Leesburg, Georgia, and attended Lee County High School.[1] He graduated Albany Technical College with a major in Industrial Systems Technology, but missed the graduation ceremony due to his obligations to American Idol.[3]

American Idol


Phillips auditioned in Savannah, Georgia.[4] He sang "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder.[4][5] The judges then asked him to perform a second song with his guitar, and he performed Michael Jackson's "Thriller."[4][5] He advanced to the Hollywood rounds,[4] and later to the Las Vegas round.[citation needed]

On February 23, 2012, Phillips was chosen as one of the Top 24 semi-finalists.[citation needed] For the semi-finals, he performed "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins.[citation needed] He was one of the top five male vote getters and advanced to the Top 13.[citation needed] After the Top 13 performance night, Phillips was taken to a doctor for possible kidney stones.[6]

Following the Top 9 round, Lee DeWyze, winner of the ninth season of American Idol, named Phillips and fellow contestant Jessica Sanchez as his top two picks this season.[7]

So far at the conclusion of Top 3 elimination, Phillips is the only remaining finalist who has not yet landed in the bottom 3 or 2, although his placement among the 3 finalists was not revealed.


Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Superstition" Stevie Wonder N/A Advanced
"Thriller" Michael Jackson
Hollywood Round, Part 1 First Solo "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" James Brown N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Broken Strings" James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Second Solo "Wicked Game" Chris Isaak N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Songs of the 1950s
Group Performance
"I Only Have Eyes for You" Dick Powell & Ruby Keeler N/A Advanced
Final Judgment Final Solo "Nice & Slow" Usher N/A Advanced
Top 25 (13 Men) Personal Choice "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins 9 Advanced
Top 13 Stevie Wonder "Superstition" Stevie Wonder 13 Safe
Top 11 Year They Were Born "Hard to Handle" Otis Redding 1 Safe
Top 10 Billy Joel "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" Billy Joel 6 Safe
Top 9 Their Personal Idols Trio "Landslide" / "Edge of Seventeen" / "Don't Stop"
with Colton Dixon & Elise Testone
Fleetwood Mac / Stevie Nicks 3 Safe
Solo "Still Rainin'" Jonny Lang 9
Top 8 Songs from the 1980s Solo "That's All" Genesis 4 Safe
Duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
with Elise Testone
Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty 8
Top 7 Songs from the 2010s Duet "Somebody That I Used to Know"
with Elise Testone
Gotye feat. Kimbra 3 Safe
Solo "Give a Little More" Maroon 5 8
Top 71 Songs from Now & Then "U Got It Bad" Usher 4 Safe
"In the Midnight Hour" Wilson Pickett 11
Top 62 Queen "Fat Bottomed Girls" Queen 5 Safe
Contestant's Choice "The Stone" Dave Matthews Band 11
Top 5 Songs from the 1960s Solo "The Letter" The Box Tops 2 Safe
Duet "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
with Joshua Ledet
The Righteous Brothers 4
British Pop "Time of the Season" The Zombies 8
Top 4 California Dreamin' Solo "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" Creedence Clearwater Revival 1 Safe
Duet "This Love"
with Joshua Ledet
Maroon 5 5
Quartet "Waiting for a Girl Like You"
with Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet & Jessica Sanchez
Foreigner 7
Songs They Wish They'd Written "Volcano" Damien Rice 8
Top 3 Judges' Choice "Beggin'" The Four Seasons 3 Safe
Contestant's Choice "Disease" Matchbox Twenty 6
Jimmy Iovine's Choice "We've Got Tonight" Bob Seger 9
  • ^Note 1 Due to the judges using their one save on Jessica Sanchez, the Top 7 remained intact for another week.
  • ^Note 2 Due to the disqualification of Jermaine Jones, only one finalist was eliminated the week after the judges' save was used on Jessica Sanchez.


  1. ^ a b "Phillip Phillips phenomenon grows". March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  2. ^ "American Idol – Access Hollywood". Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "American Idol star Phillip Phillips to miss graduation". January 22, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Graham, Adam (January 18, 2012). "'American Idol': David Leathers Jr., Phillip Phillips Wow". MTV. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Reiher, Andrea (January 18, 2012). "'American Idol': Phillip Phillips' 'Thriller,' 'Superstition' win the night". Zap2It. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  6. ^ "‘American Idol’ Contestant Phil Phillips Says He’s Fine After Seeing Doctor". March 8, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  7. ^ THR Staff (2012-03-31). "Idol Hangover' Episode 5: 'American Idol' Season 9 Winner Lee DeWyze, Finalist Siobhan Magnus Guest on THR's Web Show (Video)". TV. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
Author:Bling King
Published:May 19th 2012
Modified:Feb 24th 2013

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