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Phillip Phillips Performs ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘Movin’ Out’ + ‘Home’ on ‘American Idol’

Phillip Phillips

On tonight’s (May 22) pentultimate episode of Season 11 of ‘American Idol,’ Phillip Phillips won the coin toss, so he chose to perform after the lovely diva Jessica Sanchez. Phillips had to perform three songs: one selected by producer Simon Fuller, a repeat of a song from earlier in the season and his own single.

For his Fuller choice, he strapped on that guitar and sang a romantic, semi-twanged out version of the usually bluesy ‘Stand By Me.’ He tinkered with the melody and made it sounds like a Phillip Phillips song. He also made those goofy, rubbery faces he has done all season long. It was unique, like everything the singer does. If the girls do a lot of dialing tonight, he will win.

For his season reprisal, he tackled Billy Joel’s ‘Movin’ Out’ and it was full of dynamics. Phillips went up and down with his voice, was quiet and loud and subdued and emotional, all in the space of three minutes. Wow again, Phil!

His single, ‘Home,’ was his best performance of the night, earning him a judge’s standing O. It had a neo-country twang, like Mumford & Sons. The judges loved the song and the production, saying everything was perfect and that it was true artistry. That may have swung the pendulum and shifted the balance his way.

Judge Jennifer Lopez said it was a battle of opposites, with Sanchez being a belter and Phillips offering artistry and modern crooning.

Will Phillip Phillips grab the crown? Tune in tomorrow night (May 23) to find out.

Watch Phillip Phillips Perform ‘Stand By Me’

Watch Phillip Phillips Perform ‘Movin’ Out’

Watch Phillip Phillips Perform ‘Home’

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