American Idol Results: Who Won?

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Following a record 132 million votes, performances from Neil Diamond, Rihanna and Aerosmith and a proposal, American Idol crowned a season 11 champion tonight.

Was it ballad singer extraordinaire Jessica Sanchez? Or Dave Matthews prototype Phillip Phillips? Unlike Ryan Seacrest, we won't keep you in suspense for very long. The winner is...

American Idol Finalists

PHILLIP PHILLIPS!

Not exactly a shocker, huh? The guitar-playing crooner was considered a favorite from his very first audition, considering his similar qualities to every other American Idol champion of the past five seasons.

Jessica appeared genuinely happy for Phillip upon hearing the announcement, as Ryan handed Phillip his guitar, Phillips took the crowd "Home" and eventually dissolved into tears, heading into the crowd to hug his parents.

Did Phillip Phillips deserve to win?

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Balance the judges with one black. Replace Harry and the panel is too heavy on pop & country and the good soul singers are being eliminated.

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The panel is too heavily country and pop. The good soul singers are being eliminated. Bring a black judge back & get rid of Harry

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Great! I am so glad that Phillip won. He realy deserved it. He certainly rose to the top. He surely is the humble, handsome and confident American boy. Goodluck to you kiddo!

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Congratulatn Philip! I'm not an American but was enjoyn it up until Joshua lost.Joshua&Jessica were both consistent wk after wk and this is what it takes to be a winner&idol.Philips would hav been honoured in a different way considering the health challenge he was going through.Out of sentiment America got it wrong this time.

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Please Phillip won and he deserved to WIN!!! He has a awesome voice!!. Jessica is nothing but a loud mouth screamer who can only do ballads. she has no stage presence!!! Maybe all you whiners out there should listen to music a little bit more instead of running your mouth. Because you dont know what good music is!!!! and its not jessica!! SO GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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Phippip won because he was the best. Joshua was a screeching Holy Roller......Skyler was a backwoods hick......and Jessica was a way to skinny greaser Mexican. So get ovewr it America!

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American Idol you suck and so does the show. How many times have viewers stated their concerns about how votes can be applied. You should have only one vote and the show should see that the reason that people are turned off is because I best hardly ever wins! But then again this is a fox Network so we should be used poviding 2nd class TV.

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HOME of phillip s0 BORING. . .i remember my Grandpa. . Sound like oldies s0ngs.

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good pic

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OMG! I had to stop reading on because as usual ppl always hate on others and always have reasons for their favorite not winning like using the race card. I can not understand why people cannot be happy for the winner and it might not be your favorite obviously but proven votes are that Phillip was the favorite! I on the other hand was a big Joshua fan since he was the only singer that gave me the chills and that deep heart and soul feeling. That is my preference and as Americans we all have different likes and dislikes especially when it comes to music. So, if you can't be happy with the results don't use your threats on not watching the show any more, just don't watch cuz really it doesn't affect if you watch or don't. In fact, life would much better with one less hater who refers to "the white boy" as winning - REALLY?!?

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]