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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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.


ok so i think they made the right choice i thought jessica wouldent win but she would be in the finale but, i didnt get to see some things beacause i fell asleep in the middle of it!


Ya jim, jessica growls and so on! I heard that on her 3rd song. The judges, steven tyler, put placed her 2-1 in favour of jessica. He must know good vocal when he hears one. Phillip did ran off on his vocal. Vocals are not to be judge as simple but of great talent. Even though u made your point its still not convincing. The music world still needs both no1 & no2 because they are the greats of different types of wonderful american music! The difference is high beautiful notes and ordinary ones. So ppl says jessica is boring. Ai idol is killing off our love for music. They shold keep the messes happy with a male and female winner and get almost half more happy ppl


never give up Jessica ur cool, ur young,ur talented! Don't mind other people's negative comment. People may hope for something perfect but its nice to have flaws becoz God has always a better plan for u, maybe He wants to keep ur feet on the ground. With too much popularity we may lose our true purpose and that is putting God first in our lives and not having any other idols. hehehe.. May God bless u more! if ever u come visit the Philippines hope u could visit Estancia, Iloilo if u could, and be the lead vocalist in our church...i would be very happy. u can be an inspiration for our little children singing there. God Bless! stay Humble..


Well rover, your comments is commendable.


Jessica has a great voice but as her coronation song showed the growl, runs and big notes can't carry a song by themselves. They sound great when she's singing a song that was already great like her Whitney Houston covers. But she sings like she's in a karaoke contest and never connected with the songs like Phillip did. The point of the show is to find the next "superstar", not the person who has the biggest vocal range or is the best technical singer. Hopefully Jessica will find some people to find and write some great songs for her because her career success will be completely dependent on others.


I thought women rules the decision making that had phillip won! Wow even men rules too. O phillip u are so great! O talent you bore us. The world change....


Let's make one thing clear, Jessica was voted off by America, but the judges used the save to keep/bring her back into the competition. The judges save was well spent this year unlike the past years where we knew the people who got the save were not going to win! The downfall of women not winning is because I believe they are held to a higher standard and also they seemed to be over pimped!


Women rule the world this one is for the guys a real man way to go phillip best of luck in everything!


americans almost voted jessica out only to be saved by judges almost made ai as american male models idols! The judges knew it & understands vocal talents is the name of the game. Example is colton. He is most savy and phillip is sweet innocently handsome! Later americans realise it is ai after all and jessica shot to last 2.


I don't think Phillip Phillips should be the winner.the crown should be given to Jessica Sanchez cause she deserves it really.but it's done, so let's just accept it...

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