‘American Idol’ Season 11 Winner Crowned!

/ May 23, 2012

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America has spoken, and tonight, we have a new American Idol!

After a seriously intense season 11 finale, including jaw-dropping performances by past contestants and Rihanna, Ryan Seacrest finally revealed who would be left standing.

So, who is the newest American Idol as voted by 132 million people: Jessica Sanchez or Phillip Phillips?

It’s Phillip Phillips!

Tonight, Phillip became the fifth-straight male to win American Idol, after David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and last year’s victor, Scotty McCreery.

From the get-go, the 21-year-old from Leesburg, GA, was an early favorite to win season 11, thanks to his guitar-playing, Dave Matthews-esque vibe. Some of his best performances included ‘Still Rainin” and ‘Superstition.’

In fact, Phillip was so popular with America, he never once landed in the bottom 3 this season — a feat that was also achieved by past winners including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

On Tuesday night, Phillip performed three songs for America’s vote: ‘Stand By Me’; ‘Movin’ Out’; and ‘Home.’ The latter performance earned a standing ovation from judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.

Meanwhile, runner-up, the 16-year-old from San Diego, CA, Jessica Sanchez, had a remarkable run on Idol. With vocals well beyond her years, Jessica wowed America and judges very early on in season 11, with her epic take on Whitney Houston’s classic ‘I Will Always Love You,’ in week 1 of the finals.

From there, Jessica continued to dominate, thanks to her renditions of hits like ‘How Will I Know’ and ‘Sweet Dreams’ — which made her elimination in week 6 all the more shocking.

On Tuesday night’s performance round, Jessica sang three songs for America’s vote: Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’; ‘The Prayer’; and the piano ballad ‘Change Nothing.’

Both contestants had an astounding run, but you think the right person won? State your case in the comments!