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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Bill.. you must be kidding. These young people sound better than 99.99%of the stuff I hear when I turn the radio on. What exactly do you listen to?

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JESSICA was great considering she is so young!!! The songwriter was to be blamed for the third song -- in fact, she made something out of the song! Philips one out of three!! JESSICA WINS!!

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I`m for Phillip all the way. I am sick of people doin the Whitney thing right now. Like Simon always said Whitney is not the one to sing on this show. Phillip is so original and thats what i like. He dosen`t try to copy the original artist. Hope he wins.

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Phillip is by far the most original and multi-talented. He is also the most commercial and will sell the most albums of any of this years contestants. Joshua has a great powerfull voice, but he seems a better fit for the '60's, plus he has a tendancy to screech. When he does it occassionally it is very good, but he does it too much and it get's annoying. Jessica also has a great powerful voice, but I just don't see her having any hits - at least until she gets a bit older and can fine tune her singing style.

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American Dildo : Honestly folks, the choice is between a Beyonce/Whitney soundalike, and a Bob Dylan/Blur whatever! Both not bad in their own way, but really? This is the best America has to offer? Really? Elvis/Otis/Smokey/Nat/ must be wetting themselves laughing, as must Joshua Ledet by the way! What a travesty! Of course now it starts, you can almost hear the chattering classes in Georgia/North & South Carolina/Mississippi/Alabama etc etc, WE ain't voting' for no wetback, and we wanna see her Birth Certificate, But that Phil, why he sound like us Bubba! I detested Skylar, but i think there should be a voting section to bring someone back, as what the US has ended up with is a sad ending to a promising competition!If i want to hear Whitney (doubtful) Beyonce (mmm) Dylan or Blur, i'll steal the tunes off You Tube! I AM depressed!

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I think Jessica should win, I am sorry,but Jessica won hands down,
she sings like an angel. I f phillp wins, from now on, girl's that
go out for american idol, will think it's a guy show, there has
not been a girl in 5 years, I think she should win.

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JESSICA was great considering she is so young!!! The songwriter was to be blamed for the third song -- in fact, she made something out of the song! Philips one out of three!! JESSICA WINS!!

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I think Phil won the night. He was awesome. I can't wait to hear the new song on the radio!

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I loved these two finalist, and wouldnt have it anyother way. I think Jessica sang amazing for the first two rounds, but Phillip just stole the night with that amazing single

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Truthfully, I was hoping for Joshua in the finals. I was also hoping for Joshua/Hollie, or Joshua/Skyler. Phillip is fine, but he isn't, in my book, fantastic. Jessica is a great singer, she will do fine, no matter what. I was just disappointed.

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]