In advance of this week’s big Season 11 finale, American Idol finalists Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips sat down with reporters at a press conference to offer their final thoughts before they head into the last part of the competition. Here’s what they had to say:
What's your game plan leading up to the big show?
Phillip: I've been looking at the football plays trying come up with my game plan…
Jessica: My game plan? No matter what happens, we're in the Top 2. We've been working so hard. I’m happy where I’m at right now.
Phillip, we've heard some stories about your kidney problems. How are you feeling? Can you clarify what's going on with that?
Phillip: Yeah. I mean it's kind of been going on ever since the show started. Nothing's really changed. Some days it's good. Some days aren't. [I’m] just going to give it my all.
Is it true that your doctor doesn't want to you do this? He thinks you might not be up for it?
Phillip: No, no, no. You can't believe everything.
Jessica, what do you want to say to your San Diego fans?
Jessica: I love you guys so much. Literally, coming home was like, the best day of my life, and I miss you guys so much.
I know you guys are friends, but what's it like to go into this competition where you're going to battle it out?
Jessica: I guess, we've made it this far, and we're going to do our best, but whatever happens, happens.
Phillip: Yeah, whatever happens, happens. It’s not the end of the world. I’m not going to be depressed if I don’t win or anything. It's all part of the game.
What is the first thing you're going to do when this whole thing is over?
Phillip: Sleep a lot.
Jessica: There’s a lot of things we have to do first. We're still busy after this. We have a bunch of stuff that we have to do.
Who did you guys think, when you first got into this competition, would be your position?
Jessica: Joshua [Ledet].
Phillip: Joshua. Elise [Testone] was really good.
Jessica: Everybody was amazing. It was hard because everybody's different.
Phillip: I was relieved when Heejun [Han] left. He was the one. Honestly, me, I'm just lucky. I don't have the best voice at all. I'm just lucky, and I feel blessed to be here.
You guys have arrived at the super bowl of singing. What's going through your mind right now? What's the thought process walking into this thing tomorrow night?
Phillip: Hey, man. Like it has been. It’s just like another week. Just have fun. You can't let it stress you out. We're glad it’s almost over. It’s long, it’s tough. It's not like it is on TV, but we’re gonna have fun.
Jessica: It’s definitely stressful but I'm also really excited.
A lot of your old friends are probably calling you right now. How are you dealing with the texts and calls from everybody back home? What's that been like?
Phillip: Honestly, I see all the texts and everything that come in, but I have no time to answer them. I usually just press ‘end’ and put my phone down. Nothing personal or anything, but we're just so tired. We have our friends and family that we’re close to that we talk to, but that’s it.
You guys have names for your fans yet? A lot of people nickname their fans?
Phillip: I just feel weird saying I have fans because I'm still not used to it. So it's weird. I don't name them.
Jessica: It's like he said. It's weird to, like, be supported by fans. I guess they’re the Blue Jays! I love my Blue Jays.
Jessica, Looking back, what do you think about the judges’ save?
Jessica: I don't know. It's just too insane that I almost went home. It's crazy. I'm so happy to be here.
And Phil, you’ve been so laid back. Are we going to see a more fierce side of you?
Phillip: Probably not. People say I have fierce facial expressions. Pretty ugly. I went back and looked and they’re hideous.