Did “American Idol” contestant Phillip Phillips disrespect “Idol” mentor and Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine during the Top 8 results show? If he did, Phillips would like you to know that it was all a misunderstanding.
During Iovine’s critique of Phillips’ performance of Genesis’s ’80s hit “That’s All,” he mentioned that it was the singer’s “worst performance of the entire show,” and that he needs to step up his game if he wants to be a contender for the “Idol” title.
“It’s very difficult to push yourself when everyone’s telling you you’re so great. Right now, what Phillip needs is to be pushed so he can go out and be the best version of himself that he can be. If he stands still, there’s a very big possibility that the other contestants will come up and pass him, and that would really be a shame,” he says in a pre-taped package.
Back onstage, host Ryan Seacrest asks Phillips if he worries about complacency in his performance.
“No, I’m just being myself, dude,” the finalist responds. “I’m not trying to walk around stage and touch people’s hands and stuff. That’s just not me. I’m just having fun, man. I’m not trying to be somebody else. I’m just trying to play music.”
Ouch — that seemingly dismisses Iovine’s entire critique in a very flippant manner. But the singer would like everyone to know that he didn’t mean for his response to sound that way. Phillips posted a response on his official Facebook page the next morning (April 6), saying that he misunderstood Iovine’s comments and meant no disrespect.
“Thank you to everyone who supports me and voted this week! I appreciate it very much,” he writes. “I heard that some people took my comment the wrong way but i thought jimmy said if i dont move around i would get passed and all i was meaning that im not the artist who runs around stage touching peoples hands and sings to them, thats just not me so im sorry to who ever my have taken it the wrong way bc i wouldnt even be here without you guys voting haha thank you again!”
There you have it — he took what Iovine said literally, and didn’t mean to sound rude or ungrateful.
Do you believe Phillips’ explanation of his comments?