MANILA, Philippines – “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips does not take offense over some comments saying runner-up Jessica Sanchez should have won the hit talent search.
|"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips
In an exclusive interview with Lyndsey Parker from Yahoo music, Phillips said people’s opinions don’t actually hurt his feelings because everyone is entitled to them.
He also said he is proud of the Filipino-Mexican-American teenager because she is an amazing singer.
“It’s people’s opinions. It’s not hurting my feelings. Jessica is an amazing, amazing singer, especially for her age. She’s got a huge future ahead of her. I’m so proud of her and she’s proud of me,” he said.
“Life is just way too short to be mad about somebody who won,” he added. “It’s just kinda silly to me. You got to have fun and know what kind of artist I guess who you’d what to be.”
Phillips also addressed the issue that he was only trying to get sympathy votes that’s why he revealed his real health condition while the “Idol” was ongoing.
Phillips recently went under the knife to have his kidney problems treated.
“I don’t like to get my own personal business out there too much. I’ve never really told anybody until it got bad at one point. I had to get out there. But I still don’t want people to vote for me for sympathy votes. I wanted it to be about music,” he said.
“Even throughout Hollywood week, it was kinda rough but I don’t want to talk about it,” he said.
The Season 11 winner, however, is now recovering well from his surgery.
“Just taking it day by day, week by week. I‘m trying to take it easy but I’m also trying to push myself a bit to get some stuff done. I’m just trying to get ready for the long crazy year there’s ahead of me,” he said.
Album and tour
Meanwhile, Phillips revealed that he has started recording some tracks for his upcoming album, which, he said, will be released by November or December.
“I want to have a little writing on each song. That’s definitely what we’ll be pushing for. We’ve recorded quite a few songs, just trying to get the songs figured out and what not. It’s coming along,” he said.
Phillips said his debut album would contain “a little bit of rock, some acoustic, a little bit of jazz.”
“Being on the show is a lot different than being in the studio doing your own album. We’re just doing covers the whole show. You get a lot of opinions coming your way but it’s just a cover song. But on the album, you really want have something that represent you well. It’s a lot more thinking and preparing for that. It’s a lot more give and take in doing your album than just covers,” he shared.
Aside from his album, Phillips is also looking forward to the summer tour, with the other "Idol" contestants.
“It’s gonna be a lot of fun. There’s gonna be some jamming there, just get lost in the music. The band is amazing. That’s all I can really say, it’s gonna be a lot of fun,” he said.
The “American Idol” finalists will be stopping by in Manila on September 21. The top 10 will be performing at the Araneta Coliseum.