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On the Scene at the 2012 ‘American Idol’ Finale

Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Jimmy Iovine, Aerosmith and More Reflect on the Show’s 11th Season

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Winner, American Idol Season 11

How do you feel?
I don't know. I don't really feel anything. It's crazy. I feel numb. This whole situation is so unbelievable!

Did you think you were going to win?
No. Did you see Jessica's last performance? It's so unreal man; it hasn't sunk in yet! It's such a blessing and I am trying to comprehend it all.

What was your favorite performance?
Of mine? Definitely with John Fogerty. We had a blast. He is such a nice guy! Being up on that stage with him and all those people, it's just crazy!

Did you think you'd be standing here when you first auditioned?
Honestly, I didn't think I would make it to see the judges. I have no shame in saying I'm not a great singer. I just love having fun on stage jamming with the guys and just playing good music, man, get the crowd into it. Music is fun. It takes away a lot of things that are going around.

Are you all cried out?
I might end up crying some more. I hate crying, but I'll probably end up crying some more. It feels good a times.

Reporting by Nicole Pajer

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