Leesburg musician is ready for the big time

Have you texted or phoned in your vote for American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips?

The young Leesburg man will find out Thursday night whether he'll make the cut.

His fate lies in the hands of viewers.

Tuesday night Phillips wowed judges and audience members as he sang Phil Collins' "In the air tonight".

His performance set the social media world ablaze. Phillips was a trending topic worldwide even being compared to greats like Dave Matthews.

"Phillip is awesome. Phil always has a great crowd and he brings great energy to the restaurant, so we love him," said Loco's Pub and Grill General Manager Austin Stone.

Before heading out to Hollywood, Phillips used to perform at Loco's Pub and Grill here in Albany.

Stone says he knows Phillips will go far.

"Obviously he has a great voice, but he also has a lot of fans. He has a great personality and great talent," said Stone.

Around town, businesses are also showing their support.

Phillip's uncle works at the Gieryic's, where their marquee reads "Go Phillip".

"He's always been talented and he picked this up and he just took off with it and after he played and sang a little bit, we knew we had something special," said Phillips' Uncle Joe Coffey.

Coffey says he hopes his nephew makes it to the next round and says he needs your votes.

Either way, Phillips is still His rockstar.

"I'm proud of him and he knows Uncle Joey loves him," said Coffey.

And so do American Idol fans throughout South Georgia.

Phillips' old high school principle and he says he's been sending out emails to faculty and staff to vote for Phillip.

The number of American Idol contestants will be whittled from 25 to 13 in a live show Thursday night.

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