After a "world record" of 132 million votes, America has crowned guitar-strumming sweetheart Phillip Phillips as season 11's [article id="1486475"]"American Idol." [/article] And although most viewers and critics expected him to win it all, Phillips himself seemed shocked that America chose him.
When MTV News caught up with the 21-year-old Georgia native at a backstage press conference after the finale, he still seemed to be coming to terms with his recent win over 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez.
Q: How do you feel?
A: Uh, I'm feeling. I don't know. I don't really feel anything. It's crazy. I'm still a little numb from the whole situation. It's just so unreal.
Q: Did you think you were going to win?
A: Did I think I was going to win? No. Heck no. Did you see Jessica's last performance? Golly. She sang the crap out of that song.
Q: Is this surreal? Is this like a dream come true?
A: Man, it's so unreal. Like I said, it hasn't sunk in yet and it's just such a blessing to have and I'm kind of ready to try to comprehend it all.
Q: Can you talk about your health? Will you get any surgery?
A: Yeah, I'm gonna get some surgery done so I'm gonna get all better for the tour.
Q: How were you able to overcome the pain you must have been in to get through this season and get all the way to the end?
A: Yeah, it was very tough but I had great doctors and great people surrounding me so that really helped out. So, it's just a blessing to be here now.
Q: Can you talk about what happened onstage when you were performing "Home" tonight?
A: Yeah, I wasn't thinking about anything, not even the song. I wasn't really wanting to sing or anything. And I just started thinking about the whole journey, how far all of us had come and how far we had made it and it was just so overwhelming.
Q: When you auditioned did you think you would be standing where you are right now?
A: Honestly man, I didn't think I'd even make it to see the judges because, like I said, man, I have no shame in saying that I'm not a great singer. You know, I just love having fun up onstage jamming with the guys and just playing good music man. You know, I like getting the crowd into it. Music's fun dude. It's takes away a lot of things that's going around.
Q: Are you all cried out or do you think you might cry a little more?
A: I might end up crying some more. I hate crying but I'll probably cry some more. It feels good at times.
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