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American Idol Results: The Season 11 Winner Is...

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The American Idol journey for Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez ends tonight. At the time the finale started, nearly 3,000 TV Fanatics had voted in our Face-Off and y'all have Jessica winning by a narrow margin.

Let's see if you got it right.

The 10 castoffs open the night with "Runaway Baby" by Bruno Mars. Man, there was a whole lot of talent in this season's contestants. This is easily one of the best group numbers I've ever seen on this show and I'm almost never a fan of the group sings. I even feel like there's more choreography than we've seen in years. Dare I say it, I think this tour will be a fun one.

In Phillip Phillips' first performance of the night, he's teaming up with John Fogerty from CCR for "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising." The performances aren't spectacular, but Carrie Underwood's in the audience singing along with them. Here's the thing I like about Phillip - he's genuinely having fun up there. He's taken this competition seriously, yes, but not so seriously that he's allowed it to ever stop him from enjoying himself. He makes decisions and sticks with them and even if things don't go well, he seems to make the best of it. If anyone is going to survive in an industry as cutthroat as music, that sort of personality will certainly be an asset.

Joshua Ledet sang Elton John's "Take Me to The Pilot" with his personal Idol Fantasia. I couldn't even pay attention to the performance because Fantasia's outfit was so horrifying. I am, however, certain that screaming with Fantasia just made Mantasia's entire life.

The ladies are joined on stage by Chaka Khan to sing "I'm Every Woman." Everybody's all sparkly! Chaka Khan's outfit, however, is nearly as bad as Fantasia's was. There's at least a 60 second segment where Chaka just sang a bunch of "oooohs" into the microphone. This performance made me miss Elise Testone. Oh look, there's Jane Lynch!

Rihanna performed her latest hit "Where Have You Been." I like her and wish her personal life didn't veer into the realm of trainwreck so often.

Country girl Skylar Laine sings "Turn On The Radio" with Reba McEntire. Skylar has fun whenever she gets on that stage and Reba's a seasoned professional. That was enjoyable.

Jessica Sanchez reprises her performance of "I Will Always Love You." It's just as perfect as it was the first time she sang it on the show. I really, really wish she'd chosen to sing this one last night. She's tackles the big numbers like this effortlessly. I kind of feel like she was born twenty years too late. Can you imagine her as direct competition to Whitney or Mariah? THAT would've been awesome. And maybe that's what's held me back from jumping on Team Jessica. She seems so out of place within the context of today's mainstream music. If she wins maybe it will be a breath of fresh air.

The guys sing "I'm A Believer" and are eventually joined on stage by Neil Diamond to sing "Sweet Caroline" after Joshua nearly pops a vein "going to church." Neil Diamond is practically speaking his lyrics instead of singing them, at least until the chorus, which doesn't last very long. I think I could've done without Neil Diamond.

J.Lo previews her upcoming tour with Enrique Iglesias with a two song number. I think she lip synched the first number and sang the second. I'm so jealous of how good she looks that I kind of don't even care that she may not have been singing.

Season Five contestant Ace Young proposed to Season Three contestant Diana DeGarmo. On stage. She said yes. Thankfully. Otherwise, talk about awkward!

Hollie Cavanagh and Jordin Sparks sing "You'll Never Walk Alone." I'm still kind of amazed Hollie made it to the Top 4.

Phillip Phillips has been conspicuously absent from the tonight's group performances. The other Idol guys pay tribute to late Bee Gees member Robin Gibb without him. It's not great.

Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday pair up to sing "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." Ryan promised emotion. I didn't feel it. But that could be because I was distracted by Holliday's crazy eyes. Their duet was better than Phillip's from earlier in the night, but at times it veered into a game of who could sing more runs.

Aerosmith is on the Idol stage. Ryan says he's been waiting for two years to announce their presence here and I've been waiting two years to see it. Of any concert I've ever seen, Aerosmith remains my favorite. It's no surprise to me that their performance is my favorite of the night. They just know how to rock.

Before the final announcement is made, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips sing "Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong." Despite the fact that it's not a song either of them would probably choose to sing for themselves, it's not bad. It's actually good. 

Finally, the finalists join Ryan on the stage for the results. 132 MILLION votes were generated in making this decision. For his pre-announcement remarks, Phillip thanks the band and the fans for voting. Jessica thanks the crew.

Keiran dims the lights.

The winner of Season 11 is...

Phillip Phillips.

Scotty McCreery presents Phillip with his trophy and Ryan gives Phillip his guitar. Phillip sings "Home." He's so overcome with emotion he can't make it through the song.

I've been a fan of Phillip's since his audition in Savannah, and I, for one, am looking forward to all the great things to come from this fantastic performer.

What do you think? Did America crown the right winner tonight?

 

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a american idol contestant, asian/hispanic/all countries not born or raise in U.S.A think of it you all NOT GONNA WON for this competition, THAT why they call IT AMERICAN IDOL... ONLY AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN Win..

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Pretty hard to compare them tbh. Jessica? Terrific singer -- no doubt. Philip? Terrific musician, original voice (well pretty much.) Either could have won. Joshua? Enough of the screaming mate. Get a new act. Got pretty tiresome. Great voice though... The best in the competition. Just too much of the same over and over and over...

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What a rip off.... I was Gobsmacked After watching yet another season of AI I am once again dumbfounded at the results.The poster child for I don't give a crap wins! Phil Phillips has only one style ( if you call if) I think alot of people voted for him because he really didn't care about anything. He refused to change his look.Oh, by the way, chest hair is so yesterday! That kind of thinking is just what some people like to vote for who hate american idol. I personally like Joshua and Jessica to be in the final two and either could win and I'd have been happy. But, to have Phillip stay as long as he did as well as winning. OMG! Jessica showed such humility in stating that Phillip was a great person to win. Of course, she did add on his medical issues. If Simon Cowell would have been there to judge, Phillip would have been sent packing a long time ago. This just reminds me once again that AI always has it's "golden child" and that their scruffy, golden boy won a competition that many strive to win and would feel an honor to do so. For Phillip, it was more like a "aw shucks folks" You like me that much? This year on Idol there were so many great singers but you could tell early on that there were only three that the judges cared about - Jessica, Joshua, and Phillip. Regardless, Jessica will get a contract, she's so good. I can't wait to see what sort of CD Phillip will come up with since he only has one way of singing and that's a rip off of Dave Matthews... a BAD Dave Matthews at that.

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I am thrilled for phillip he so deserved to win
Joshua and fantasias performance was awful screaming loud sounded like a shouting match!! Not to mention how disgusting her outfit was so tight it showed her rolls of fat the worst performance of the night. Jessica jas such a beautiful voice but she had no character originality she needs to find her niche her own style. Hollidays facial expresions were so strange all and all the finale was exciting and phillip was so sweet and humble he is so real!!

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Why does everything have to become a race issue? Phillip won because his new single was soooo much better than the song choice for Jessica - very, very boring. I actually didn't vote this year until the finale, because none of the singers really excited me - until Phillip sang his new song.

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And it just had to be another dude winning...

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HAHAHAHAHAHA! I LOVE IT!!! L LOVE IT!!! I LOVE IT!!! I love the whining I love the EXCUSES, I love the oh-so PATHETIC AND LAME claims of racism, favoritism, cheating!!! I love the mad hurt feelings because their contesttant didn't win!!!! Most of all I love that the better ARTIST, the better PERFORMER, the better SINGER (yes you all, the better SINGER), THE BETTER AND BEST, MOST GENUINE, MOST ORIGINAL, MOST EXTRAORDINARY VOICE WON AMERICAN IDOL, JUST AS HE SHOULD HAVE!!! CONGRATS PHILLIP PHILLIPS!!! YOU MOST CERTAINLY AND BY ALL MEANS DESERVED IT!!!

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One up for idol lover. The best comment i heard so far! Jessica and phillip are not boring singers and gone this far to no2 & no1 respectively. Those who gets bored with jessica are no better than those bored with phillip. If you ask me or us you find phillip had it easy with simple vocal or connect etc. You can find many of them i m sure. Like some phillip fan would say jessica is terrific, i think they are not lying. Phillip is terrific too just like scotty but the new scotty has groom to superstar type vocal. Ask phillip if he did perfer two gender winners and he will probably said yes. His thought were probably win the hearts of the minority whom already kills his no1 status and jessica the majority. Its even more fun and the publicity they gets sells more records

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Joshua should have won! Phillip was boring....didn't appear to be an American Idol in my book. Couldn't he at least have shaved for the final appearance?

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While Jessica is a terrific singer I found her very boring and could not connect with her at all, you can hear that type of singing on any disney soundtrac. I am not sure if it was just her age, but I just didn't find myself looking forward to any of her performances. Phillip on the other hand had that someting-something, I was curious to see what he would do, how he would arrange his performances and he never disappointed. AI is not just about who has the bset or biggest voice, it is about a connection with the audiance, which Phillip had. Two totally different types of singers, both very good, but ultimatly it is up to America to choose their Fav. and they chose Phillip. Jessica was not robbed, she just didn't connect the way Phillip did. The opinion of a 40 year old Canadian housewife, totally unbiased because I couldn't vote anyhow. Congrats Phillip, and best of luck in your career

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