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'Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips

Movin' On Up ...

Fam Dumping Pawn Shop

5/24/2012 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips' family has reason to celebrate, now that the "A.I." winner will be rolling in the dough ... and the first move is selling the family pawn shop.

Sources close to Phillip’s family tell TMZ, Phil's dad Donnie has been mulling over the idea of selling the Albany, GA pawn shop ... but apparently Phillip's success made the decision a no-brainer.

Donnie is banking on a bidding war, now that the shop has the "A.I." cache.

Before Phillip's "Idol" run, Donnie planned to sell the place for $200,000. Onward and upward, he hopes.


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Phil grew on me as the season wore on and I am so glad he won. Did not hear a lot about his illness so he did not use it for a sympathy vote. I am sure he would want to take care of his family but I think this is too soon for his folks to jump on his shoulder. Get him in good health first - that should be the priorty.

852 days ago

Joe d     

Buster Posey is also from Leesburg, GA. Go Giants!!!

852 days ago

sandra erickson    

This piece was written to cause controversy. Did he say onward and upward for the price or for hoping it for his son. He probably was thinking of retiring anyway and now his son needs his support, he is doing it sooner. Who wouldn' want to continue supporting their son if they had the opportunity.
Oh, Donnie, Please, please keep the stuffed turkey, for Phillip, if not I would like to buy it, for him. I know your son has a great career ahead of him. There will always be naysayers.

852 days ago


this show sucks all the good singers never win! joshua ledet and jessica was the best singer on this show n they didnt win a big joke

851 days ago


the guy sounds like a real user - Can you imagine "The Old Man" or Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars closing down their store if Corey won American Idol? If this is one of those "managing" situations, He should check out LeAnne Rimes who ended up suing her father after he ripped her off for about 7 million. Or Billy Joel, whose first wife's brother ripped him off for over 40 million - sounds like Daddy already has Junior's money in his sights - poor kid but it will make a great book in a couple of years.

849 days ago


First of all, Jessica was so much more talented than this guy - yea, he writes his own music but it wasn't that great. He was applauded for putting his own spin on songs but most of the melodies of "hits" were unrecognizable. Jay Lo makes 20 million and at the final, she basically told the audience to do her job. the show is on the skids and this kid will be another Clay Aiken (fighting to work for Donald Trump all the while kissing the guy's rear - seriously!!!). two days after the final, Whoopie Goldberg showed a tape of a 10-year old Jessica singing flawlessly at a concert in Harlem - this kid WILL be a star. I'd bet it as quickly as I can say Catherine McPhee.

849 days ago


Donnie Phillips is making a very expensive mistake. Love P2, think the world of him... but-too-much-change-too-fast is a very expensive error.

848 days ago
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