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Fox aired an American Idol results show last night that bid farewell to Paul Jolley.

However, like always, there were a couple performances sprinkled in to the voting announcement - and the most impressive came courtesy of Jessica Sanchez.

The former finalist showcased an edgier tone on an edgier track, taking to the stage alongside Ne-Yo and debuting the up-tempo single "Tonight."

Look for Sanchez to make her acting debut in May on Glee Season 4. And grade her latest song now:

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Jessica Sanchez picked the wrong year to finish second on American Idol.

In the wake of this singer's loss to Phillip Phillips, an Associated Press report took a look into changes made to the season 11 contract for all contestants.

It states that this year's runner-up is only entitled to a "developmental" deal with 19 Recordings, something that could net Sanchez between $30,000-$60,000, depending on the number of single's commissioned by the label. This marks the first time in history the second-place finisher has not been awarded a guaranteed album and $175,000 advance.

Jessica Sanchez Photograph

Yes, Jessica could still see that figure if 19 Records does order a CD; and she'll also bank $50,000 for all future Idol-sponsored public appearances.

But why the change in guarantees?

Because ratings for American Idol are down; a majority of albums from show finalists have not done well; and because the music industry overall has changed: in 2011, nearly 1.3 billion singles were purchased, while only 331 million albums were moved.

Phillips, meanwhile, received $300,000 and an album contract for winning.

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We've found her! The only female on the planet who did not vote Phillip Phillips for American Idol champion!

Granted, she's like four years old.

It's both hilarious and heart-breaking to watch her reaction to this week's finale results. But it should at least be comforting to Fox executives - following a season where ratings tumbled - to know that at least some fans out there still care. A lot.

Watch poor little Laney's reaction to the outcome now and start the hate mail campaign for the mother behind the camera, who seems to take pleasure in mocking her toddler's pain:

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Upon winning American Idol last night, Phillip Phillips dissolved into tears and hugged his parents. It was a beautiful, pure moment of happiness.

But, moments prior to that celebration, Jessica Sanchez treated viewers to a lovely moment herself: expressing true pride and satisfaction when her opponent's name was called.

"I really think that Phillip deserves to win and I'm so happy for him," Sanchez told reporters after all was said and done, adding of Phillip: "He has his funny side and his humble side and he's just an amazing, original artist."

The same is true for Sanchez, who may have lost, but who was involved in what most consider the best performance of the evening: a duet with Jennifer Holliday on "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." Watch, be amazed and wish this runner-up luck now:

SHOULD PHILLIP PHILLIPS HAVE WON AMERICAN IDOL?

 

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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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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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We're down to two on American Idol. The final two. Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez.

One is a young white male who is easy on the eyes and plays the guitar. In other words: the same exact pedigree as the last four winners.

The other has a beautiful voice and hasn't been afraid all year long of tacking such major artists as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. She's responsible for the single most memorable American Idol performance of the season.

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez

Either would be a worthy champion. Only one will wear the crown next Thursday night.

Who do you want it to be?

 

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I love you guys so much because you have the courage to have a dream.

That's what Steven Tyler told the remaining three American Idol contestants tonight. Alas, for one of Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet, the dream is now over. So... following a painful Ice Age 3 tie-in and a performance by Adam Lambert, who got voted out of season 11?

Idol Final 3

JOSHUA LEDET!

The talented crooner takes it very well and even brings his mom on stage as he sings farewell via "Man's Man's Man's World."

This leaves Jessica Sanchez, likely the best voice of the season, and Phillip Phillips, the obligatory cute-white-guy-with-a-guitar-who-wins-every-season, to square off on next week's finale.

Do you think Ledet deserved to be voted off?

 

Who will win American Idol?

 

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First, the American Idol finalists listened to the judges last night.

Then, they were given the freedom to select their own songs.

Finally, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet were tasked with a cover by Jimmy Iovine, closing a busy evening with the following three performances. Which did you like best?

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Joshua Ledet was given a Mary J. Blige track, "No More Drama." Watch and listen and compare now to his take on John Lennon.

Jessica Sanchez went old school with "I'll Be There," a single made famous by the Jackson 5 and then even more famous by Mariah Carey.

Phillip Phillips then went romantic with Bob Seger' "We've Got Tonight," proving that he doesn't always need a guitar in his hands.

VOTE ON A FAVORITE:

 

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Ding! Ding! It's time for round two.

Following opening performances chosen by the judges last night, American Idol finalists Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet were left to choose their own material. Who made the best selection? Watch. Decide. Vote.

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Joshua Ledet followed an Etta James cover with a version of John Lennon's iconic "Imagine." Did he do it justice?

Jessica Sanchez went bold again, this time taking on Steven Tyler in front of Steven Tyler with "i Don't Wanna Miss a Thing."

Phillip Phillips closed this section of songs with "Disease" by Matchbox 20." Listen below and compare it to his rendition of "Beggin."

VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE: