Phillips not your average 'Idol' winner

Phillip Phillips, the latest American Idol winner poses for a photo at the Pantages Hotel in...

Phillip Phillips, the latest American Idol winner poses for a photo at the Pantages Hotel in downtown Toronto, Ont on Tuesday Dec. 18,12. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

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Season 11 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips sure doesn't come across as your average reality TV show contestant -- i.e. a keener.

The 22-year-old Leesburg, Georgia native, is low-key with a dry sense of humor and humble about his talent.

"I'm not a great singer," he says, looking cute if dishevelled in a plaid shirt and jeans with his hair messed from a recent nap.

"I think I can carry a tune but I'm nothing amazing. But, like with the music, I feel like I can do something else with it."

We caught up with Phillips - a Dave Matthews soundalike vocally -- while he was promoting his strong-selling debut disc of acoustic pop-rock, The World from the Side of the Moon and its hit single Home (three million digital downloads and counting). He's also got stops in Niagara Falls and Windsor, Ont., on Feb. 19-20 and 21, respectively, opening for Matchbox 20.


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