Phillip Phillips 'a Little Numb' After 'American Idol' Win, Jessica Sanchez Relieved

Phillip Phillips 'a Little Numb' After 'American Idol' Win, Jessica Sanchez Relieved

Phillip calls his victory 'a blessing' and 'unreal,' as his fellow finalist Jessica says he deserved the title, because 'he has worked harder than all of us.'

Phillip Phillips is still coming to term with his win on "American Idol" season 11. Asked about how he felt after the Wednesday, May 23 final result show, the 21-year-old singer admitted he is "still a little numb from the whole situation." He added, "I don't really feel anything... It hasn't sunk in yet."

Calling it "crazy" and "unreal", Phillip claimed that he didn't think he was going to win. He continued sharing, "It's such a blessing to have, I'm kinda ready to try and comprehend it all. After I won, I wasn't thinking about anything... I wasn't wanting to sing or anything. I just started thinking about the journey and how far all of us have come and how far we made it, it's so overwhelming."

When commenting on his contender Jessica Sanchez, the Georgia boy had nothing but praises for her. "Jessica has a huge future ahead of her and we're both supportive of each other," he said, while describing himself as a lucky guy who loves playing music.

Also speaking to reporters following the crowning, Jessica opened up that she's "kind of relieved that this whole thing is over," but added that she's going to miss everybody on the show. Showing that she's genuinely happy that Phillip won the competition, she said, "I think that Phillip really deserved to win."

"He's worked harder than any of us," the California-born girl went on reasoning. "He's had to keep up with his health issues with his kidneys, and I think he's been through it a lot more than us mentally and physically."

Feeling "happy" and "content" with her achievement, Jessica insisted she doesn't have any regrets at all. Though so, she admitted that her winner's song, which Jimmy Iovine called a "bomb," wasn't the best for her. "I kind of agreed with [the judges]," she said. "We only had one day to pick a single."

Speaking about her plan after "Idol", she gushed, "Now that this whole thing is over and now that I have time to really throw myself into my music, it's going to be all 100-percent me, so I'm excited. I've been in this Idol bubble and now it's popped, so I don't know what's going to happen to me, but I'm excited to find out."

Phillip beat out Jessica on "Idol" finale after he earned a standing ovation from the judges for his performance of winner's song "Home" on Tuesday night. He reprised the performance on Wednesday after he was declared the winner, shedding tears while being showered with confetti.




    May 28, 2012

    As they say...the glory is not in winning but in taking part. All who participated deserves the glory for they have all done their best to demonstrate their God given talents. Ultimately the glory goes to the Giver. Philip inspite of medical set back persevered to the end. Jessica greatest performance was to accept humbly the decision of the majority. The humble shall be exalted and we all learn a lesson from everyone.

    you\'re idiots
    May 26, 2012

    I don't know if you realize this, but Jessica was the judges' favorite the entire season. It was only their very last song that they had switched their praise over (deservedly so). In addition to that, the contestants are given songs to choose from for their single, so Jessica picked her own song. AI is not rigged. America just liked Phillip more & he got the most votes. Jessica has a beautiful voice, but there's too much pushing & yelling. That's what her duet was, just yelling back & forth, it was absurd. There was no emotion, it was just way over the top. Phillip has a unique talent, and knows who he is as an artist. Jessica is only 16 & is still learning who she is, and right now she just copies Beyonce & others in her performances. When she is just herself, she's delightful, so hopefully she figures it out soon.

    Hoosier Dude
    May 25, 2012

    I think Phillip won because he had a unique voice that had not been on 'Idol' so far. And, that's what America wanted - someone unique! Just like Scotty last year.

    Never Again Again?
    May 24, 2012

    The person that picked Jessica's song WAS fired. Get it? Because Jessica picked the song? ;)

    May 24, 2012

    Indeed! It's a totally setup! American idol itself pick it's own winner, making decision.. They decided to give a good song sounds and music for Phillip while Jessica has given just... It's obvious ...

    May 24, 2012

    You do know the contestants pick from a selection of sings for the final right? It was her own choice... Phillip is more unique and knows who he is as an artist, Jessica has a great voice...

    May 24, 2012

    after jessica sang that duet last night, phillip should hand that trophy over to her! his voice isnt even close to hers! finale should have been jessica and joshua!

    May 24, 2012

    Yes indeed! AI is rigged!

    May 24, 2012

    Phillip deserved to win. There are many singers out there like Jessica and she needs to show more passion & connect with the audience when singing. Yes, I think she will learn and grow into that. She definitely was not there now. Phillip is unique, creative, entertaining, his passion cannot be missed and he connects with the audience. Their really is no one out there like him. He knows who he is, what he wants to sing and how he wants to sing. He lives IN his song, and sings from his soul. This is why Phillip won! He is a genuine artist. Many can sing beautifully, but do not have that "IT" factor; Phillip oozes that "IT" factor. He was the best from beginning to end. Bravo America for getting it right. I was fearful that they wouldn't, because I was afraid they would not relate to a Real Artist. Yes, Phillip IS a Winner; The Winner and he should be.

    Never Again
    May 24, 2012

    What a setup. That poor girl nerver had a chance. Whom ever they want to win gets the best song and all the trimmings that go with it. Whoever picked her song should be fired.

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