American Idol 11 winnner, Phillip Phillips’ recent interview with Much Music in Toronto was sort of wacky, but notable for a few moments.

  • Phillip, hysterically, puts on a bit of a Canadian accent to tease the crowd.
  • Although the singer’s hit, “Home” is featured in a Tim Horton’s ad, he’d never heard of the Canadian coffee and doughnut shop.
  • He says he doesn’t plan to watch the new season of American Idol.
  • He’s had people he doesn’t know come up to him and claim to be distantly related.  “I might have a creepy family,” says Phillip.
  • According to Phillip, the only reason the paps follow him is because he is “weird looking.”
  • A true WGWG–Phillip loves his guitar and takes it with him everywhere.
  • Phillip likes to call Ryan Seacrest “Little Ryan”.

When the  interviewer brings up the White Guy With Guitar meme,  Phillip says, “It’s true….I am a white guy and I do play guitar.”  Afterward, the interviewer presents Phillip with a t shirt with #WGGN1S  emblazoned on the front and encourages his fans across the world to trend it.

The letters, by the way, stand for “White Guy With a Number 1 Single.”  Phillip has no plans to wear it. Ever.

Watch the interview below:

Via PPhillipsOnline

http://youtu.be/–bwt55qyGk

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  • Anny_nanny

    “Phillip Phillip’s”
    I love you, MJ! )))

    Why “Little Ryan”?

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Why “Little Ryan”?

    That sounds more like Ryan’s own nickname for his “special friend.”

  • Anny_nanny

    Again don’t understand. I don’t speak English and jokes don’t understand at all.

  • getaway1

    Now just waiting for the official RIAA certification that The World From The Side Of The Moon sold Gold in 6 weeks.

  • Eileen99

    These quotes are amazing, I love it.

  • blackberryharvest

    He says he doesn’t plan to watch the new season of American Idol.

    Interesting, that’s not really typical for winners to say. I didn’t watch the interview, so I wonder why?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    P2 almost wished good luck to the next White Guy With Guitar…lol

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Interesting, that’s not really typical for winners to say. I didn’t watch the interview, so I wonder why?

    Isn’t he going to be on-stage, performing, at night during much the winter and spring? Being on tour cuts into the ol’ voting window pretty severely. I guess he’d be around for the audition episodes, but I’m not dissin’ anybody for skipping those, as I refuse to watch them.

    Maybe P2 is hoping to pre-empt future questions about whom he’s rooting for or what he thinks of the new judging panel once the show starts.

  • getaway1

    Phil will be on tour with MB20.  He also has a bunch of college tours lined up.  The quicker he builds an audience outside of Idol, the better.  It helps that it’s been Iovine/Interscope calling the shots.

  • Liteasy

    Not drunk at all – he doesn’t drink!

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Sorry. It’s a bit of a raunchy joke eluding to how some men refer to their … male anatomy.

  • Anny_nanny

    Yes, in the last season the kids told them it was nice when guests know them. I think Phillip suspects from him would expect such a relationship, but he does not to choose favorites.

    And, Yes, he wisely brought conversations about the jury to the dithyramb for Keith Urban – question is cleared.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I don’t know if he drinks or not. That’s why I said he just seems to be drunk.

  • fantoo1

    Maybe he’s tired of the WGWG always winning ;)

    But yeah, usually winners are somewhat “advocates” for the show. Even Carrie catches it whenever she can.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If P2 doesn’t drink, then maybe he was a bit stoned. lol

  • Anny_nanny

    OK, it became clear.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3EBGLZMUFDHE2PTJBT266WO74 Andy

    P2 call Ryan Seacreat ‘Little Ryan’ because Ryan is shorter and smaller (in body size) than P2.

  • annie12120

    I think he was trying to be funny and light hearted… the only time he answered seriously was when he was talking music… otherwise, you can see by his facial expressions he is joking about a lot of things. And he is still nervous talking to an audience :)

  • harvestmoon

    That sounds more like Ryan’s own nickname for his “special friend.”

    I thought Ryan’s “special friend” was Simon Cowell.

  • Miz

    That was pretty funny. I laughed out loud at his reaction to the question about wanting to be an astronaut. He should just make a clip of it and use it for questions … maybe for TMZ paps at airports.

    THis isn’t the first time he’s said that he didn’t plan on watching Idol. Am I wrong in thinking he wasn’t a fan of and didn’t watch the show before he went on?

    I know Kris didn’t want to watch it the year after he was on because it made him nervous. But he did watch after that.

  • http://twitter.com/tle2000 Taylor

    Phillip officially has GOLD album.  He sold 57,990 copies this week (#11….just missed top 10 by only 61 copies, LOL).  Total sales is now 533,194.  Can MJ start a new thread so that all the P2 stans can celebrate? :)

    6 19IN 7 7 11 PHILLIPS*PHILLIP WORLD FROM THE SIDE OF THE MOO 57.990 -41 98.148 533.194

  • getaway1

    Phil has something else to celebrate.

    He is on the upcoming cover of Billboard Magazine.  He is not by himself.  He is not with any other Idols.

    He is with Jimmy Iovine and the cover reads:

    Jimmy Iovine and Phillip Phillips
    Reviving Idol’s
    Star Factory

  • Anny_nanny

    Yyyes! I want to at least scan.

  • Anny_nanny

    Thanks idolforums.com!

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Nice sense of humour on the dude. Sweet and very likable. :)  GO WGWG!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Yeah – I’m being to warm to his irreverent I don’t give a eff personality… It doesn’t come off as arrogant or cocky… he is what he is – no fronting, no airs… still not quite there with his singing, but I’m warming to his personality…

  • justmefornow

    I’m convinced P2 is the Kramer of AI. 
    (He fell ass backwards into a hit single, he was so lucky his life was like a fantasy camp, everything just always fell into place for him as well, lol.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNeYbuBUP48

  • http://www.facebook.com/marjanaisweird Aakash Mansukhani

    He deserves it, they made a baller a** album. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Actually, P2 had to have his arm twisted into singing a hit single. I’m curious to see how P2 will spin that in the Billboard article.

  • Axxxel

    yeah, I wonder if this interview was in an Asian setting with an Asian born and raised interviewer how he would answer some of the questions… Saying that he will never wear the T-shirt (even jokingly) will cause embarrasment for the interviewer… Maybe with the Asians he may give an “Asian no” by showing an “eeehh- hesitation” or say “maybe” …

  • girlygirltoo

    Other Idols have been on tour when the next season of the show comes around, so that isn’t necessarily an excuse for not watching AI, lol.

    Phillip will continue to get asked about AI12 once the season starts by interviewers, so hopefully he’s prepared for that.

  • mouse999

    Don’t throw tomatoes at me but I didn’t like P2 during Idol season and This interview only confirms my dislike. Dude has no social skills, is an interviewer nightmare and should count his blessing for being incredible lucky with “Home” that was handed to him on a silver platter.

  • getaway1

    It was meant to be light hearted and fun.  This is nothing compared to all the drama and controversy surrounding other Idols recently that has nothing to do with their music.  And the dude obviously has enough social skills to score a Gold CD in 6 weeks.

  • cheese1

    Unless the Billboard article writer is a regular reader on an Idol blog, the subject of Phillip “having his arm twisted” will probably never come up. I’ve never seen anyone outside of an Idol blog show any awareness that Phillip ever said anything less than flattering about the song.  The success of the song is a much bigger story. 

  • getaway1

    That’s ancient history. The song came out over 7 mos ago. There is nothing relevant to say that hasn’t already been hammered to death.   BB never mentioned in their review of the CD. In fact, most of reviews for the CD was around the new material.

  • annie12120
  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The dude obviously has enough social skills to score a Gold CD in 6 weeks”

    An artist needs “social skills” to be commercially successful? lol Nah. P2 is selling based on his Idol fanbase.

    “That’s ancient history. The song came out over 7 mos ago. There is nothing relevant to say that hasn’t already been hammered to death.”

    Not in the media. I think that it’s a relevant point considering how successful Home has been, and that’s why I’m curious if the circumstances of the song becoming P2′s first single and his initial feelings about the song will be explained or spun. The fact the Jimmy Iovine is going to be involved in this article makes me wonder what the discussion will be about.

  • jpfan2

    The success of Home is a much bigger story to the media than the fact that P2 didn’t “like” the song in May.  It may come up in the Billboard story but it’s not going to be the main focus because the huge success of Home is really the news.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The success of Home is a much bigger story to the media than the fact that P2 didn’t “like” the song in May.  It may come up in the Billboard story but it’s not going to be the main focus because the huge success of Home is really the news.”

    I’m sure that it’s not going to be the main focus, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not mentioned at all. I just find it really amusing that P2 was so intent on rejecting a song that may end up being the biggest selling single of any Idol alums. lol 

  • Anny_nanny

    You can put the tag “Phillip Phillips” here? Thank you!

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Are we really going to continue arguing about something Phillip said way back in May (that Home wasn’t his single) in every single thread dedicated to him? I think this dead horse has been beaten to a bloody pulp. Time to move on.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Home in some carnation is being used in so many commericals, new show announcements etc.  So happy for P2.  Nice young man and oh so talented.

    I had a group of friends in my car as we were going to a girls night out dinner last night.  Anyway I had Phils cd playing and they asked who etc.  Two of the 3 already bought the cd today. 

    To hear the cd is to love the cd.  It sells itself once heard.

  • Happyhexer

    I really enjoyed this interview with Phillip.  Thanks for posting it, MJ!

    Although I liked Phillip well enough, I wasn’t a fan of his when he was on AI.  But I’ve purchased his CD and am thoroughly enjoying it, despite the fact that it is a style of music I normally don’t go for.

    I am happy to see that Phillip’s interview skills are improving, and that he is revealing more of his personality.  He has a low-key and somewhat droll sense of humor.  He looked very relaxed, and the interviewer also adjusted well and went with the flow.  I loved the by-play with the T-shirt.  And I loved how Phillip looked around at the guests and seemed at times to be speaking directly to them.  I’ll bet the peeps who were present had a great time!

  • Anny_nanny

    I.WANT.TAG.”Phillip Phillips”.NOW
    *curtsey*

  • getaway1

    I wasn’t a fan of his when he was on AI. But I’ve purchased his CD and am thoroughly enjoying it.  I am happy to see that Phillip’s interview skills are improving, and that he is revealing more of his personality.

    Exactly and a lot of people have echoed the same sentiments. And what it boils down to is time and just gaining more experience.  Phil was only 21 when he was on Idol. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood didn’t suddenly morph into who they are today over night.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    MJ: 

    With respect, I think that this issue is still relevant to the acceptance of P2′s own music vs. the singles that he releases (Home, GGG), which are not representative of his own music. IOW, it addresses a larger issue that many Idol alums have had to deal with, and that is the degree of disconnect between the music that they want to produce (and gain acceptance/commercial success for) vs. the music that they become associated with on Idol and with their initial singles. 

  • Tess

    How do you not acknowledge what Phillip said about his rendition of “Home” and be honest about who he “thinks” he is as a singer-songwriter.  Every Idol featured on this blog has skeletons in their closet.   Why should Phillip be given a pass when other Idols’ have their verbal diarrhea brought out in discussions years (if now not decades) later?

  • Happyhexer

    I’m curious why people think that “Home” and “Gone Gone Gone” are not representative of Phillip’s music?  One of the things that impresses me about Phillip’s CD is the cohesiveness of the effort.

    I know Phillip gets compared to Dave Matthews, & Mumford & Sons, and I don’t deny those influences, but I also think Phil has his own thing going on.  Pretty good songwriting & co-writes.  Interesting lyrics.  There are a couple of songs I’m not crazy about, but even those have grown on me.  Overall, a really solid, cohesive effort.  Phil is never gonna have the best voice or greatest range, but I do believe he has a musical vision.

    Frankly, I don’t see a ton of difference between the songs Phil wrote and the ones he didn’t.  I like ‘em both.  It is the consistency of vocal styling and musical instrumentation that make this a first-rate album, IMHO.  At least to people like me.  I’m no music expert, and I’m not a Phil stan.  I’m not even sure what to call Phillip’s style of music — it’s not normally my cup of tea, but somehow he has sold me on it.  I suspect that most people who like the non-Phil cuts OR the songs Phil wrote will like the entire album.  Because it is that good.

    Phil won’t be the first artist to disagree (publicly or otherwise) with his label’s choice of a single.  Much better to be on the losing side of the single decision and on the winning side of the single’s success!

  • Karen C

    I think Home is closer to Phillip’s style than the winners singles for others have been, but I think Home and Gone Gone Gone are folkier than the songs he wrote himself.  I actually like the songs he wrote better.  I also think it would strengthen him as a songwriter to have one of the songs he wrote or cowrote be a hit. 

  • Happyhexer

    it would strengthen him as a songwriter to have one of the songs he wrote or cowrote be a hit

    No disagreement from this quarter!  I am hopeful there will be a third single.  Which of Phillip’s songs or co-writes do you think could work as a single?  Keeping in mind I know nothing about what radio will or will not play, I think “Get Up Get Down” might make a good summer song.  Or maybe “Drive Me” or “Where We Came From” might work as a third single.  Anyone?  Thoughts?

  • durbesque

    Let me jump right on “Where We Came From”.  I see it, or hear it, as the most obvious choice, but what rules it out is that it’s too similar to GGG…same key and same octave jump.  It would seem like a wannabe, but not as good. 

  • TheOther

    Here’s what the critics who reviewed had to say.  Lots more where this came from:)
    Billboard:  the album one of the more engaging champion debuts in the show’s inconsistent history

    Entertainment Weekly:  It’s still the most relevant debut album the Idol machine has cranked out in years, and it nicely justifies this particular
    WGWG’s burgeoning career.

    The Celebrity Cafe:  Phillip Phillips is excellent lyrically, and does have a pretty good voice range, but all in all, his songs are great. The album is enjoyable, I still appreciate it. It gives me hope that good real music is still able to come away from American Idol, and sets the tone for an excellent first step in a solid career that’s ahead for Phillips.

    BlogCritics:  Phillips’ debut record reflects every bit of the gravelly voiced pop rock artist, with jazz leanings that he portrayed during his Idol run. His songwriting gives the listening audience a glimpse into quite the introspective young man. To put it simply, The World from the Side of the Moon delivers

    Idolator:  The World From the Side of the Moon showcases
    solid musicianship from Phillip Phillips
    SoCal Music Today:  The
    World From the Side of the Moon is a fantastic debut album by any standards.
    Phillip Phillips will appeal to a wide variety of fans given his age, lyrical
    content, powerful vocal abilities, and extremely talented back up band. The
    album explores a Phillips’s ability to sing in different styles, and really
    tests his range. After listening to this album, I am extremely anxious to see
    what Phillip Phillips puts out in years to come.

  • mjsbigblog

     Who is giving Phillip a pass?  Did I moderate the negative comments in this thread? No, I did not.

    This particular point has been discussed to death and has been brought up over and over and over and over again.

    At this point, it’s apropos of nothing, except baiting fans with the same go-to item time and time again.