Phillip Phillips performs at WKU

Jacob Parker

American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips performed Monday night in Van Meter Auditorium as part of the Van Meter Events Presents series.

Phillips is currently touring his first album, The World From the Side of the Moon, which was released in November. The album is currently certified as gold, having sold 792,000 copies as of March.

Phillips said that since becoming successful, a lot of things have changed.

“A lot of things change when something like this happens,” he said. “Friendships change, I change a little bit and a lot of things change throughout your life and you don’t see a lot of people like you used to. You gotta get used to that and make new friendships. A lot of things are great, and a lot of things I guess, not great, but it’s just kind of life.”

Phillips also shared his hopes for the show before it began.

“Hopefully, it turns out well; hopefully we don’t suck,” he said. “Hopefully the sound goes well, there’s no mess ups and hopefully the crowd is into it.”

The opening act, Churchill, performed songs off of their new EP, “Change,” which eventually led to front man Tim Bruns bringing up a young fan to rock out with him on the stage. Bruns also ran through the aisles, singing and interacting with audience members. After their set, Churchill met at the merchandise table with audience members for pictures and autographs.

The crowd anticipated Phillips’ performance on the edge of their seats, cheering or clapping wildly for a moment any time lights were dimmed in a check.

When Phillips arrived on stage, the audience members rose to their feet and began taking pictures, which led to the event staff continually reminding the audience of the “no flash photography” rule.

Phillips opened with his song, “Hold On,” and played other songs off of his album, including the hit singles “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.”

Emily Kraft, a Louisville native and friend of the band members of Churchill, said her favorite song was “Gone, Gone, Gone.” After being at the last show, which was outside, she said this one was different.

“The set is cool, and the lights are really great,” she said.

Suellen Markham, a Franklin native, said that the saxophone in Phillips’ concert added to it.

“I’ve always loved him, I think he’s very good,” she said. “‘Home’ is probably my favorite.”

Phillips will continue his tour Wednesday at the next stop in Mankato, Minnesota.