Phillip Phillips, Framed
Oft-hospitalized during season 11 -- he has problems with his kidneys and had eight (!) surgeries while on Idol-- the likeable Georgian went on to defeat Jessica Sanchez in the finale, with over 132 billion votes cast.
Yes, everyone on Earth voted at least 20 times! Good work, Earth!
These days, when the winner of AI puts out their first single, it isn't called their "debut single." No sirree, Bob. It's called their "coronation song." "Home" was Phil's coronation song, and it had the biggest digital sales week for any Idol winner's coronation song. So it must be pretty good.
Y'know what? We're feeling bad about those eight bleeping surgeries, so we say: God bless you and your coronation song, Phillip Phillips. We wish you all the best in your career, and cordially invite you to make another video we and our readers can enjoy.
1 -- Though the line was long and the weather cold, the Y! Music bloggers waited patiently.
2 -- All except O'Connor, of course!
3 -- "Can I try to guess your middle name?"