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'Idol' Champ Phillip Phillips

Celebrates His Win with a

$25k SURPRISE!

5/27/2012 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"American Idol" champ Phillip Phillips is celebrating his win by PARTYING LIKE A ROCK STAR IN VEGAS ... at least that's what he should be doing, but instead he's hanging out with his parents and giving them his brand new car!

Sources tell TMZ ... the brand new 2013 Ford Fusion (valued at $25,000) Phillip was given for winning the competition will actually be a gift to his parents ... because he's perfectly happy driving his 2001 Ford Ranger truck (see below) and refuses to give it up.

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In fact, we're told Phillip wasn't even tempted to use the new car for himself.

Best. Son. Ever.

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DaveT    

Millionaire ranchers around here still drive old 70's Chevy and Ford trucks, something about a loyal old truck men like, like a loyal wife. If she ain't broke, don't fix 'er :D

693 days ago
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Gnani    

Just shows you what a nice down to earth guys he is, I have a son like that makes you proud....I Will be buying his records

693 days ago
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Silvie    

and don't forget that DAVID COOK also gave the car that he won to his Father who took his brother Adam to all of his doctor appointments. He also is a" best son ever."

693 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Nice of him to give the new car to his folks...have to ask what went on in that there truck that he can't part with it hmmm? LoL

693 days ago
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Seldombinlaid    

I noticed the parents putting their business up for sale. They going to live off their son forever? I hope he gets to feeling better after his kidney operation. That's serious business, with that health issue. They also said they hoped to get more for their business, because it was shown on American Idol. Folks be careful. Don't count your chickens until the eggs hatch. God Bless, and good luck. Oh, and one more thing. A good business man will not pay a nickel more for that biz because it was shown on Idol. I watched it, and couldn't pick it out of a line up of pictures. People usually zip through that kind of stuff, and get back to the contest their watching.

693 days ago
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waffles    

Why does TMZ always seem to use the worst pics of PP?

693 days ago
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Donovan    

the part where they say he was partying in Vegas is lame and a reflection of how crappy this site is becoming. What if people just stopped reading there? They'd think he was off partying in Vegas.

693 days ago
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Stiletto    

You can't hide as much weed in the Fusion.

693 days ago
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EatMe    

Fords are crap, regardless of the model.
Hope you survive the spontaneous combustion Phil.

693 days ago
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PM2901    

#6 - his parents have been supporting him for 20-something years. They also look like they're at retirement age. So, it's not inconceivable that they'd give up their pawn shop since their son has a guaranteed X amount of dollars and more to come. They're simple people who probably planned for their retirement BEFORE their son went on American Idol. Nowwhat those nice people have to look forward to is random strangers on gossip blogs ripping them a new one based on speculation. I, for one, give them the benefit of the doubt. Any non-hater/negative person can see that they're sensible and a lovely family.

693 days ago
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matt    

He seems like a nice guy. This is a terrible photo of Phillip. I have no idea why they chose it.

693 days ago
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S    

Just goes to show U can take the guy out of the pawn shop... reminds me of those lottery winners that keep working their jobs. Dumb asses

693 days ago
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Diane    

With Phillip, I think what you see is what you get and what you see is what you're gonna get. He's a great kid who probably won't change too much.

693 days ago
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buzz kill    

It is nice to see that in this screwed up society that there are still some kids that respect their parents. We parents should all be this lucky.

693 days ago
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Michelle    

I totally love this guy!

693 days ago
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