When I first saw Phillip Phillips perform his first audition, my initial reaction was that he could be the ONE! He had all the quirky, yet humble ingredients that served other male winners very well.
He reminded me of a younger version of Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks, and we all know how that season played out!
During that season, everyone was predicting a Daughtry win but, in a surprising turn of events, he left the Idol building at the Top 4 level, followed by the very talented Elliott Yamin at Top 3.
That left Taylor and Katharine McPhee competing for the Idol crown and many critics were dismayed that Katharine, who was by far the superior vocalist, lost to Taylor.
But Taylor came with an army of Soul Patrollers, which gained momentum and multiplied with each performance show. Hey, I should know. I was one of them. Plus he was loaded with charisma and charm, something that young Katharine could not sing away, no matter how hard she tried.
However, this season, little Jessica Sanchez looked to me to be The One to break the “White Guy With Guitar” winning streak. She was young, vivacious, immensely talented and extremely humble. So, I was thinking – a female win was a strong possibility this season.
Well, as it happens, that was wishful thinking on my part. Phillip – health problems or no – gained momentum and support as the weeks unfolded and quite possibly won this season’s title by a landslide. Did you notice that Ryan Seacrest didn’t mention the percentage of votes separating the two contestants? That’s because Phillip quite possibly clobbered little Jessica when the final votes were tallied.
Whatever the reason we can yada yada and theorize here ’till the cows come home. Phillip Phillips is this year’s winner and everyone here in the MCL Community wish him the very best.
He is armed with arguably the best Idol song ever written for a winner on this show, although I feel that David Cook’s “Time Of Your Life” would give “Home” a run for its money. I still hear that song on the radio 4 years later and love it just as much as I did when I first heard it.
Congratulations Phillip. We are so proud of how strong and determined you were throughout this competition and truly deserve this year’s title. Stay healthy, stay focused and keep putting out your great music.