"It still hasn't sunk in," says Phillips. "It's unreal."
It wasn't until he was asked about the performances during Wednesday night's finale that Phillips spoke more than a few words after each question.
"All of the performers were amazing. It was a fun night, not just for the show, but for all of us. Rihanna was great, and Aerosmith was awesome. It was a great night."
Click on the video to see more of Phillip's meeting with reporters outside the Nokia Theatre Wednesday night.