Phillip Phillips has been named on Thursday (PHL time) as the new “American Idol” after a record-breaking 132.3 million votes.
Phillips considered a strong favorite on online betting sites, impressed Idol judges and fans with his self-assured artistic choices throughout the season 11 edition of the Fox reality singing competition.
Phillips thinks "home" is a really good song.
"I wanted to do my own stuff, but we only had a certain amount of time to do everything, so I had to do that one, and it's a really good song," he said. "The writers are really good. It's not really something I would write, so I'm excited to get my own stuff out there."
"It wasn't really too much of a process," Phillips admitted with his trademark "aw, shucks" smile. "I got to hear it once and they said, 'Would you like to do it?' "
USA Today even hinted that Phillips may have received "sympathy" votes after news reports came out that he was struggling from kidney problems on the show.
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