Phillip Phillips: In the Money Tonight

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On the first live audition show of season 11, American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez tossed out nothing but praise. Every performance was magical, every contestant apparently did an incredible job.

It was pure fluff and rather annoying, but at least the panel got it right with one hopeful: Phillip Phillips.

This crooner covered a Phil Collins classic, strumming his guitar to "In the Air Tonight" and hitting all the right notes. Randy compared Phillips to Dave Matthews, which may have been the only intelligent thing Randy said all night. Watch the performance and judge for yourself...

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What's wrong with being so inspired? Phillips take$ on some of Dave's mannerisms, so what, the kid is talented. Don't hate, it's lame…

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let me see if i understand this whole phillip phillips thing...This guy expects me to buy his record when I can go out and get the REAL Dave Matthews album?????? Sorry bro...Youre an absolute fraud! For a true Dave Matthews Band fan, youre hard to watch. This guy is trying SOOOOOOOO HARD to copy Dave in EVERY single way! American Idol is washed up...The judges are a complete joke....This kid goes home at the end of the day and says..." THOSE IDIOTS HAVE NO IDEA THAT IM COPYING DAVE MATTHEWS! THEY THING IM ORIGINAL! LOLOLOL!"...In the words of the REAL Dave Matthews, Phillip youre SO DAMN LUCKY

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WHATS FUNNY IS THE GUY DOESNT MENTION DAVE MATTHEWS AS A MUSIC INFLUENCE TO HIM....LOL...WHAT A JOKE...THE GUY IS COPYIONG DAVE RIGHT DOWN TO FACIAL EXPRESSIONS....IM A HUGE DAVE FAN....THIS GUY IS NO DAVE....AND LAST NIGHT HE SAYS IM JUST BEING ME??????? WE HAVE YET TO KNOW WHO IS REALLY IS!!!! AMERICAN IDOL JUDGES ARE A JOKE...CALL HIS ASS OUT!

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Are the Judges stupid, or do they just think fans of the show are stupid? Phil Phillips is a total Dave Mathews mimic! He doesn't just sound like him, or appear to be influenced by him, he mimics him. Right down to facial mannerisms, dance steps, guitar style and approach to the songs. He is not "original" like the judges say, he is doing Dave Mattews. That's fine for being in a cover band, and he is damn good at it. But come on, show some integrity and call the guy out on it.

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This kids the biggest tool ever for him to accept praise with a straight face is disgusting...he is a blatant con with apparently no soul of his own... If he does have one I'm sure it keeps him up at night wondering when his cover will be blown or why he has no ability to be unique. His vocal range is very very limited and sings in one key only. I will quit watching American idol if he wins.

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Phil Phillips is a Dave Matthews impersonator, plain and simple. Sure, he's good, but he mimics every gesture, singing style, facial expression, foot movements, hell, he even holds his guitar like Dave. For Randy to Finally say, " He kinda reminds me of Dave Matthews", made me wonder what took so long. And for that Jimmy producer guy to say he's fresh, new and different, makes me wonder how plugged into the music scene he really is. open your eyes judges.

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I, as a teenager, love Phillip. I flood the network with votes for HIM. He's the most overall talented on the show. And I believe he wants it the most. Us 'tweenagers' have eyes and ears also. Not gonna lie, Colton is probably having the votes pour in for him from millions of girls around the world. So is Phillip. He's hot and his voice has that rugged growl to it that COULD NOT get any hotter.

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This was a PHENOMINAL performance imo. He is different, relevant and an all around great musician. Something most other contestants are not. That being said...American Idol is not about true musicians and the best performers...its about who the tweenagers will sit and flood AI's network with votes for. :(

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I think he's too much like Dave. It's like he's a Dave Matthews impersonator.

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VOTE PHILIP!!!! Honestly, american idol has sucked to me in recent years..only reason iwatched last season and this season was for taylor davis and philip reppin for lee county!

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