‘American Idol’ Season 11 Winner Crowned!
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.
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!