Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Isn’t Done Shedding Tears of Joy

Phillip Phillips

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updated 05/24/2012 AT 6:00 AM ET

originally published 05/24/2012 AT 7:00 AM ET

Phillip Phillips couldn’t hold back his emotions on Wednesday night when he was named the winner of American Idol.

Following the big announcement (132 million votes were cast, the most ever), Phillips, 21, broke into tears during a performance of his new single, “Home.”

“I wasn’t thinking about anything, not even the song,” he told reporters backstage after the show. “I wasn’t really wanting to sing or anything. I just started thinking about the whole journey and how far all of us have come, and how we’ve made it. It’s so overwhelming.”


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