What happened to Phillip Phillips after ‘American Idol’?

Phillip Phillips shocked the American Idol judges when he performed a sultry cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” for his season 11 audition. Phillips continued to have an impressive run on the popular singing show when he was crowned the season winner in 2012. After his win, he spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his time on the show. “It’s not as easy as you think,” Phillips said. “…I feel so blessed right now, it’s so overwhelming.” Discussing his victory song “Home,” the Georgia native admitted that while he liked the track, he wouldn’t write it.

However, Phillips was proven wrong about the Drew Pearson-produced track. The single sold 278,000 downloads within its first week of release – becoming the second-biggest debut by an American Idol alum behind Kelly Clarkson. The song also gave Phillips his first Billboard Top 10 hit after charting at No. 6. Although the singer found instant success after appearing on the competitive show, his career has had its ups and downs.

Phillip Phillips experienced health problems and career problems

While on American Idol, Phillip Phillips suffered extensive health complications. The singer underwent seven kidney surgeries during the competition and an eighth immediately after. In a 2012 interview with People, he said, “It’s the toughest year of my life, but it’s also going to be exciting.” Phillips went on to say his health has improved and he’s looking forward to kickstarting his career.

Phillips got off to a moderately successful start. His song “Gone, Gone, Gone” reached the Top 25 and stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 30 weeks. However, a third single from his self-titled album failed to make the Top 50, with “American Idol’s” record label, 19 Entertainment . Phillips filed a lawsuit against the company but ultimately settled out of court, per The Post and Courier.

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Phillips Philips has evolved in every way

Following Phillip Phillips’ 2015 lawsuit against 19 Entertainment — one of several major scandals to rock American Idol — he signed to Interscope Records. Shortly after, he released his third album, Collateral, which he says was inspired by that time in his life. “It was really tough,” he told People. “I had a lot to talk about in those songs because so much has happened in the last three years.” He revealed that a lot of the songs were about heartbreak, but not the kind that stems from a romantic argument.

Phillips’ personal life also seems to have blossomed in recent years. In 2015, the “We’ve Got Tonight” singer married his girlfriend Hannah Blackwell, seven years after they first met, according to Entertainment Tonight. The couple expanded their family in 2019 by welcoming their first child, Patch Shepherd Phillips. “Sunday morning our little boy made a quick entrance into the world. I cried more than he did,” Phillips wrote in a post on Instagram. “Hannah was an absolute rock star giving birth and she’s been such an amazing mom for the past four days.”