May 26, 2012 08:24 AM by Francisca Stewart
On Wednesday night Phillip Phillips won the coveted first place prize in the popular singing competition American Idol. What this win entails is a $1 million dollar recording contract, a Ford car, and the top title of American Idol. But what remains to be seen is if he will be a success now that the show is over. Will he follow in the footsteps of American Idol triumphs like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, or will he instead fall by the wayside like past failures such as Ruben Studdard or Kris Allen?
Many viewers felt that 16-year-old runner up Jessica Sanchez should have won over the guitar toting 21-year-old Phillip Phillips. She was easily the more talented singer of the two, as Phillips was often out of tune and didn’t really stand out too much. And even Phillips himself has admitted that he was not the most talented singer in the competition. But nonetheless the singing heartthrob received the majority of the 132 million votes that were made on the music competition show, and this just goes to show that Phillips had some pull for viewers that made his lesser singing ability ultimately less important.
For some viewers, Phillips’ win was predictable after many seasons of similar types of American Idol winners. Phillip Phillips follows in the footsteps of Scotty McCreery, Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen, and David Cook. What do these winners all have in common? According to many twitter followers, Phillip Phillips is just the latest American Idol winner who is a “white guy with a guitar.”
Only time will tell if he can prove the critics wrong and make a name for himself past his fifteen minutes of fame in the world of music. His song “Home” is catchy and has gotten some notice but now season 11 has come to a close and only time will tell if Phillip Phillips has staying power like the rare few singing idols have had.
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