American Idol Finale: Who Won the Night?

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One episode. Two finalists. Three songs.

Phillip Phillips squared off against Jessica Sanchez tonight, with the American Idol Season 11 crown at stake. Each contestant was tasked with singing a trio of tracks:

  1. Simon Fuller's selections: Jessica Sanchez, “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston; Phillip Phillips, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
  2. A favorite from earlier in the season: Jessica Sanchez in no heels, “The Prayer” by Celine Dion; Phillip Phillips, “Movin’ Out” by Billy Joel
  3. A potential winning single: Jessica Sanchez, “Change Nothing;" Phillip Phillips, “Home”
Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips

So, who deserves the crown? Watch all six performance videos below and then vote...

WHO SHOULD WIN?

 

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if she was as good as u think she is she would have turned that Jackson 5 song out. Phillip would have made it work for his voice. don't be mad that Jessica flopped the last show and lost she only has so many tricks in her bag, and Phillip seems to never end. every week on the show he made EVERY song HIS OWN!!!! weather u loved it or hated it he was original and that should be applauded. and also Steven Tyler said at the end of the 1st final that he thought Jessica would win.....so how were the judges influencing anyone????

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PHILLIP WILL HAVE AN AMAZINGLY LONG CAREER I CANNOT WAIT TO GO TO A PHILLIP PHILLIPS CONCERT ITS GOING TO BE OFF THE WALL AMAZBALLS!!!!! HIS MUSIC IS GOING TO LIVE ON THROUGH THE YEARS BECAUSE HE CAN SING ANYTHING AND MAKE IT HIS OWN. HE'S A TRUE ARTIST AND A TRUE ORIGINAL. YOU CAN COMPARE HIM TO THIS PERSON OR THAT PERSON BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY HE'S JUST PHILLIP PHILLIPS AND THAT'S WHY AMERICA FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM. HE DIDN'T MAKE A FAKE ON STAGE ALTER EGO LIKE JESSICA DID TRYING TO COPY BEYONCE ONCE AGAIN. HER ON STAGE PRESENCE IS RIGHT OFF A BEYONCE CONCERT. SHE NEEDS TO GROW UP A LITTLE AND FIND OUT WHO SHE TRULY IS AS AN ARTIST. SHES A VERY SWEET GIRL WITH AN UNBELIEVABLE VOICE, BUT SHE SEEMS VERY SHELTERED AND NAIVE. GOOOOOO PHILLIP AND HIS SEXY ASS WITH HIS GUITAR! NOT TO MENTION HE BASICALLY WON SITTING DOWN AND WITH A VERY SERIOUS ILLNESS TRUE PASSION RIGHT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!

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oh cut all the bullshit- the judges decided that jessica was too young- and jimmy gave her that kid jackson 5 song to do- what BULL -they set her up to lose- like phil deserved a standing o on his last song?????- BULLSHIT it was the judges influencing the audience it was a set up

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ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!...We all know that JS can sing, but she ain't gonna be the last one. It's not about how perfect or technically you sing, its about heart. Phillips was the man! I see some idiots here complaining about it. See the most talented artist in history, can they all sign? OF course not.. not even JLO or beyonce can't sing. Phillips is gonna sell more records because of his orginality.

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Dang Jessica should have won she can sing anything perfect jessica will go farther than him anyday

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Dang. Jessica should have won.... she can sing anything perfect! jessica will go farther than him anyday

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Yes Phillip won, but he won't go far like last year's Scotty or Kris Allen. Jessica will go further than Phillip.

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...Very beauty job...I like...:):):)

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Phillip is American Jessica is the Idol...

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@Jeff Hicks: Are you serious? Really? First, Can J-Lo shake her ass one more time?...Please just one time. With that out of the way, Jeff it is not about being "The Best Singer", it is about being the Best Artist. Phillip knew who he wanted to be, Jessica although has a wonderful voice was not an artist, she did nothing new or original to make it her own. She tried to be Celine, Mariah, and Whitney not just Jessica. Phillip did not care about being flashy or his image-he cared about his music. That is called being passionate about what he does and that is to be admired. Lastly, how the hell did this become a race issue?

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