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Philip Phillips wins 'American Idol' (Season 11)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/23/2012 | By Stephanie Krikorian

Posted on 05/23/2012 7:19:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

This year’s “American Idol” is Phillip Phillips, the 20-year old from Leesburg, Georgia, who seemed to have had a lock on the title at, well, hello.

He’s been compared to Dave Matthews and some critics have said he had the advantage of a female-voting-base, but his performance of “We’ve Got Tonight” last week, and “Home” last night proved his voice and talent as an artist might have a little something to do with it as well.

It was a star-studded and sequin-heavy finale at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with performances by Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan and Reba McEntire. There was an amazing duet between Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday. But the highlight of the evening, the performance fans have waited for for two years, was Aerosmith, singing “Legendary Child” and “Walk This Way.” Even Ryan Seacrest seemed giddy.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: americanidol; jessicasanchez; philipphillips
This thread is strictly for American Idol fans. If you don't care, or feel this show is a waste of time,you don't have to post, we know how you feel.
1 posted on 05/23/2012 7:20:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s horrible. The best ones never win anyway. Same with Adam Lambert.


2 posted on 05/23/2012 7:24:05 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: TheRhinelander

Horrible? Really? You don’t care for him, maybe..I happen to think he’s terrific...I thought Josh should have won, but the voting base is little girls, so what do you expect? Although that little girl had a big old voice, she was just too young to connect to those songs. It was weird...However, she’ll be a huge star.


3 posted on 05/23/2012 7:27:28 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: TheRhinelander

Horrible? Really? You don’t care for him, maybe..I happen to think he’s terrific...I thought Josh should have won, but the voting base is little girls, so what do you expect? Although that little girl had a big old voice, she was just too young to connect to those songs. It was weird...However, she’ll be a huge star.


4 posted on 05/23/2012 7:27:46 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: TheRhinelander

Horrible? Really? You don’t care for him, maybe..I happen to think he’s terrific...I thought Josh should have won, but the voting base is little girls, so what do you expect? Although that little girl had a big old voice, she was just too young to connect to those songs. It was weird...However, she’ll be a huge star.


5 posted on 05/23/2012 7:27:55 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: TheRhinelander

The Lead singer of the group Herman’s Hermits, Peter Noone, said in Season 7 of American Idol when he was guest mentor -— The bottom line is — American Idol is a VOTING COMPETITION, not really a singing competition. The best singer does not necessarily win. Simon Cowell was not happy with that remark, but hey, Noone was right.


6 posted on 05/23/2012 7:29:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

She had an incredible voice....he had a great voice YET better stage presence. I like the end. He’s humble, as she would have been as well, but it was worth seeing him get it.


7 posted on 05/23/2012 7:29:40 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: Hildy

Whoopsie..sorry for the duplicates. The women winners have fared much better than the men. There have been some great winners..but some duds as well. IF you’re in the top three and you are talented, you’ll have a great career without the oppressive American Idol contract weighing you down.


8 posted on 05/23/2012 7:34:51 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes,you must watch the amazing duet by Jenifer Holiday and Jessica Sanchez..it is truly mesmerizing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Uo8AgTcnA

especially around the 39 second mark


9 posted on 05/23/2012 7:38:23 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: SeekAndFind

Gee thanks! Since I’m on the West Coast I haven’t seen the program yet. Looks like I don’t have to bother now.


10 posted on 05/23/2012 7:39:47 PM PDT by mupcat
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To: SeekAndFind
Exciting news. Another win for high culture.


11 posted on 05/23/2012 7:43:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: RummyChick

You posted this link just as I was watching Mountain Time.

I was soooo moved, honestly crying!


12 posted on 05/23/2012 7:44:53 PM PDT by colorcountry (In order to practice tolerance, I must first disagree. But when I do, I'm accused of being intoleran)
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To: mupcat

You should watch it. There are some really really hilarious moments in this finale.

Still trying to find a clip of Joshua dancing. I need to rewatch it.


13 posted on 05/23/2012 7:45:28 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: SeekAndFind
Noone was right.

I know, No one is ever right!

14 posted on 05/23/2012 7:45:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: RummyChick

For those that want to see Joshua fail a James Brown move

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51TQ8oQi70E


15 posted on 05/23/2012 7:47:14 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise

How did Michael Micheals do? And what about Madison Addison?


16 posted on 05/23/2012 7:49:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: RummyChick
Here is a classic Fashion don't if you have big legs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmdBsyQtLjM

A performance truly worthy of this

17 posted on 05/23/2012 7:51:41 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: SeekAndFind

Fact is that, Phillip is just an adequate singer, the likes of which can be found on Subway stops all over NYCity and other big towns.

Jessica might not be the greatest singer ever, but, she’s many times better than Phillip when it comes to singing, and singing is supposed to be what Idol is all about.

When it comes to Phillip, many of the other eliminated contestants were much better, including Hollie and Skylar and a bunch of others.

Jessica will have a much better career than Phillip, and Phillip will be lucky to sell a few records with his so-so voice. Cuteness is not enough to have a long lasting career in music. Jessica is far from cute, but her voice will make up for that, and she could be the next Whitney Houston, who was not so pretty, but her voice made her a huge star.


18 posted on 05/23/2012 8:05:52 PM PDT by adorno
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To: SeekAndFind

congrats wgwg5


19 posted on 05/23/2012 8:20:46 PM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: adorno

Winners of the last 5 seasons, the white guy with a guitar.

“Vote For The Worst” said Phillips was going to win 2 months ago.


20 posted on 05/23/2012 8:31:04 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: SeekAndFind

The jacked-up folks over at votefortheworst.com are claiming another victory again this year, with this guy, who they call WGWG#5 - White Guy With Guitar # 5. They have quite a fan base and they all know how to use automatic dialers.

As they were quick to point out, Jessica Sanchez didn’t have a chance because “she has a vagina”. The frauen vote en mass every year for the cute white guy with a guitar, regardless of whether they can sing or not. When you combine their vote with the tweenies, it’s almost impossible for anything but a WGWG winning.

Last year they picked Scotty McWhaterehisnameis, and couldn’t believe it win the dorky kid won. I stopped watching years ago, tired of the blatant manipulation and seeing how easily they could shape the vote by pimping contestants with comments, backstory, song choice, staging, etc. It’s a classic example of why the country is in the state it’s in - people are just that easy to manipulate.


21 posted on 05/23/2012 8:38:01 PM PDT by Beatthedrum
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To: SeekAndFind

11 seasons of this???
Wow.. I remember only Kelly Clarkson, Ruben somebody?, and Carrie Underwood.


22 posted on 05/23/2012 8:42:55 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SeekAndFind

DVR spoiler!


23 posted on 05/23/2012 8:50:13 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: TheRhinelander

Gross Sodomite.


24 posted on 05/23/2012 8:52:05 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: SeekAndFind
Saw this coming last night. I'm unclear as to how the so-called "winning songs" are chosen, whether by the singer, the producer, or judges, but Jessica's was HORRIBLE, his was actually (IMHO) great.

As far as sheer talent is concerned, I feel this was the best year yet, though I must admit I almost wrote AI off this season, and probably won't watch next year. I'm burned out on AI, X-Factor, The Voice, the whole lame pack of 'em.

As a former Country DJ, I'm proud that Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreary, Lauren Alaina, and Skylar Laine are all gonna have more successful careers than all the rest of 'em combined.

25 posted on 05/23/2012 9:37:39 PM PDT by LaybackLenny
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To: SeekAndFind

I had Philip picked a while back, too. I think the judges praising the heck out of Joshua and Jessica... you can tell they want an “ethnic” winner soooooo bad.... didn’t help them at all. In fact, I think it turns people off.

I think Philip is more “marketable.” I liken his voice to those of Matthew Sweet and that lead singer for ColdPlay. They do great sales-wise. Why not.

Jessica does nothing for me. I’ve heard hundreds of other singers just like her. Big whoop. Joshua sounds like a half-dozen other singers. I guess he doesn’t impress me especially with being very “churchy style” with voice. I don’t care for all of the added flair and affectations. Just sing normal, please.


26 posted on 05/23/2012 9:51:26 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: mupcat

Don’t you hate when that happens...I had someone on facebook last night announce the DWTS winner while I was watching the show...Sure spoiled the surprise and at that point I wasn’t as interested in watching the rest of the show...I try to stay away from news sites on results night, but I forgot not to go to Facebook.


27 posted on 05/23/2012 9:53:39 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: adorno

Id say the oppposite. I bet Jessica hardly sells anything at all. Totally mediocre voice for recording and live performance, unless she gets major voice lessons. She can hit a couple nice notes but has no range and screams too much. Phillip will sell a lot of records and tickets if he gets the right music.


28 posted on 05/23/2012 9:57:21 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Thorliveshere

Somebody on FR called it Ghetto Yodeling and I sure hate when they do that but the judges seem to love it.


29 posted on 05/23/2012 10:35:59 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Hildy
I am glad he won. But man...there were a lot of women screamers tonight. That Grammy winning black lady looked like she was possesed yelling out her song! Yikes!
30 posted on 05/23/2012 10:38:35 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: Hildy

You may like Phillip Phillip but I always preferred John John.


31 posted on 05/23/2012 10:48:04 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: fabian
That is a problem with too many women singers these days, they think they have to nearly scream or be really loud in general. It may have something to do with the feminist movement. Once in a while it may be called for in a certain kind of song for a particular effect, but not so much of the time. I don't like it at all.
32 posted on 05/23/2012 10:52:58 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: fabian

Jennifer Holiday is a legend. One of the most incredible voices of our time. She was in the original Broadway version of DREAMGIRLS, and she belted out that now legendary Song “And I am Telling You” which she sange tonight. I have never heard anyone even come close to her, not even Jennifer Hudson, until Jessica Sanchez sang tonight. The problem with Jessica is that she’s only 16, so it’s just difficult buying the emotion of the songs...But boy, she can sing. It’s actually better to come in second on Idol..you still have a great career with out be saddled with that oppressive American Idol contract.

The think I don’t understand is they always wait a long time before releasing the albums of the winners..by that time the fever has died. It never fails. Meanwhile, the runners up get their music out quickly and generally last longer. I propose that will happen in this case as well.


33 posted on 05/23/2012 10:57:06 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: fabian

Jennifer Holiday is a legend. One of the most incredible voices of our time. She was in the original Broadway version of DREAMGIRLS, and she belted out that now legendary Song “And I am Telling You” which she sange tonight. I have never heard anyone even come close to her, not even Jennifer Hudson, until Jessica Sanchez sang tonight. The problem with Jessica is that she’s only 16, so it’s just difficult buying the emotion of the songs...But boy, she can sing. It’s actually better to come in second on Idol..you still have a great career with out be saddled with that oppressive American Idol contract.

The think I don’t understand is they always wait a long time before releasing the albums of the winners..by that time the fever has died. It never fails. Meanwhile, the runners up get their music out quickly and generally last longer. I propose that will happen in this case as well.


34 posted on 05/23/2012 10:57:15 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Bellflower

They scream because of the feminist movement? You really wanna stand by that ridiculous comment?


35 posted on 05/23/2012 11:01:01 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Beatthedrum

Scotty McCreery
His debut album went platinum.


36 posted on 05/23/2012 11:22:24 PM PDT by donna (The fruits of Feminism: Angry fathers, bitter mothers, fat kids and political correctness.)
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To: Hildy

“I thought Josh should have won, but the voting base is little girls, so what do you expect?”

Yes, hubby and I agree with you.

Hubby actually said that he personally likes Phillips’ music style best, but still thinks Josh should have won.

But, it is true that many who do not actually win end up being the most successful.


37 posted on 05/24/2012 12:29:18 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Hildy
They scream because of the feminist movement? You really wanna stand by that ridiculous comment?

I said, "it may have something to do with the feminist movement". The feminist movement wants women to be very assertive and in your face. They do not like soft spoken femininity. On the whole, they want women masculine and aggressive. Yes, the loudness and belting out many lines does remind me of the feminist movement's influence. If you think that ridiculous, you can, but I wonder, what it is to you?

38 posted on 05/24/2012 12:55:05 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: adorno
Fact is that, Phillip is just an adequate singer, the likes of which can be found on Subway stops all over NYCity and other big towns.

Perhaps - like Dylan was an adequate singer, or Cocker, or Janis, or Willie or Johnny Cash...Sometimes the inner talent and presence make "adequate" singers into icons. I think Phillip, while not having the greatest "pipes", has the potential to become iconic.

39 posted on 05/24/2012 5:00:09 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: trebb

I loved the fact that he wrote and sang his own stuff for the finale. His genuine humility moved me to tears..I think he was the right choice. I will buy his first CD on principal.


40 posted on 05/24/2012 5:58:04 AM PDT by TheGunny
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To: TheGunny
I loved the fact that he wrote and sang his own stuff for the finale. His genuine humility moved me to tears..I think he was the right choice. I will buy his first CD on principal.

Same here Gunny - he's an actual artist which can transcend better vocal abilities. He obviously wanted to win, but you could tell it wasn't as important to him as the others - he pulled it off and accepted rather than clawing and gloating - class act.

41 posted on 05/24/2012 6:25:05 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: SeekAndFind

Glad to see Phillip win as I much prefer the artist/stylist he is over the dime a dozen screaming Diva types.

I do admit though that I thought Joshua was going to win all along and was surprised to see him miss the final.

But, I will make a prediction right now — while Phillip will probably be very successful in his little Niche, and both Jessica and Joshua will also probably have good careers -— The one who I think will end up having the biggest career Album Sales wise out of the entire group is Skylar Laine.

She went note for note with Reba last night, and has showed that she has the chops and uniqueness to be a country force for a long time.

I expect her to join Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Scottie McCreery, Lauren Alaina, etc. in the long line of successful country Idol Alumni. Heck, even Kelly Clarkson had a decent foray into the Country scene a couple years back.


42 posted on 05/24/2012 6:43:08 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Bellflower

yes..it was a turn off!


43 posted on 05/24/2012 7:48:34 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: SeekAndFind

When I heard PPs version of Thriller at his audition I told my wife this guy will win. True artist. His song Home was Dylanlike.


44 posted on 05/24/2012 8:11:22 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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To: psjones

Hi pajones, Yes, and especially when it’s so easily avoidable by using a headline like “American Idol Winner—Spoiler”. Then if you want to click it fine, but for many of us who don’t see it live, we can avoid the announcement.


45 posted on 05/24/2012 9:36:35 AM PDT by mupcat
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To: RummyChick
Hi RummyChick, Thanks, actually I did, but almost didn't. It was really the principle of it that bothered me since posting the headline as "American Idol Winner--Spoiler" would have worked great giving us in the west the option of knowing or not.

That was an amazing show, and they certainly pulled out all the stops. I really didn't care which one won only because they both were so good. Hope he gets well enough to enjoy his success.

46 posted on 05/24/2012 9:55:19 AM PDT by mupcat
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To: donna

They hooked him up with Brad Paisley for his first tour, one of the major acts in the business. The fan base AI created for the winners will always produce good sales on the first project. The country acts that come from Idol always get plugged straight into the country mainline. Acts like David Cook and Chris Allen have no industry mainline to plug into.

He still sucks and will be gone in under 3 years.


47 posted on 05/24/2012 8:15:51 PM PDT by Beatthedrum
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