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American Idol

Phillip Phillips Wins American Idol 2012 on May 23, 2012!

American Idol Season 11 came down to two finalists, 16-year-old balladeer Jessica Sanchez and 21-year-old guitarist Phillip Phillips. After they each performed three songs on May 22, 132 million people voted for the contestants, but only one could win.

We watched the Season 11 hopefuls duet with Jennifer Holliday, John Fogerty, and Reba McEntire, but eventually there was no stalling the moment of truth. After the final two dueted on “Up Where We Belong,” Phillip Phillips was crowned American Idol and Jessica Sanchez was named runner-up.

Congrats to both! We look forward to hearing “Home” countless times on the radio.

05.24.2012 / 07:35 AM EDT by Jenny McGrath
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