Phillip Phillips on American Idol: Moving Out, Moving On?

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Forgive this broken-record-sounding statement, but: Phillip Phillips put on the best performance of any American Idol male last night.

The Dave Matthews wannabe nailed a version of Billy Joel's "Moving Out," sticking to his typical guitar use but adding almost a bit of anger to the cover. He definitely brought an edge to this slowed-down version of a classic.

All the judges have Phillip props to sticking to who he is as a singer. Watch him do so here:

On the woman's side? Elise Testone and Jessica Sanchez both had winning weeks.

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Yes I thought he was a Dave Matthews wannabe. However, that didn't bother me until I realized that a lot of the non Dave Matthews songs he is singing were covered by Dave Matthews and he is singing them the exact same way. This guy is a POSER and is non original. Don't like him at all anymore. He won't make it after idol. He is a rip off artist. There is only one Dave Matthews. Sorry pal.

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Dave Matthews clone this Philip cat is, the girlies are voting in droves when world-class singers like Elise go home before him. The dude is as boring as his name and just as un-original. The critics on this board have him pegged. This is about the time of the season to tune out of AI.

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TALENTED? ATTRACTIVE? YES AND YES. Creative? Original? Authentic? NO. Watch Dave Matthews (the creative, authentic creator of everything Philip Phillips does) and you'll see. http://youtu.be/r8gV7swPutM

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This guy may not be a snob, but he CERTAINLY is a POSER and Dave Matthews copy!! For the person who said they like his style, it isn't his, he stole it. The unique mannerisms, dance moves, facial expressions, and wannabe raspy voice is no coincidence…This d-bag needs to find his own self, instead of stealing it.

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Philips has one trick that he does over and over and over and...

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His performance on " moving out" literally gave me chills. I've watched it over and over. Incredible!! Thanks Phil

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This kid is amazing. I liove his style, vocals, and attitude. His interpretation of Billy Joel's song seems to be a reflection on how his generation feels about what is going on in their lives right now. Same message as Joel's, but more intense because the stakes are higher now. I can't wait to hear his own music.

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You are alone...and he is hardly a "snob" of any kind.

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I liked him the first time I heard him when his name was Dave Matthews,

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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