After a "world record" of 132 million votes, America has crowned guitar-strumming sweetheart Phillip Phillips as season 11's "American Idol." 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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