Yesterday night at the grand finale of American Idol Season 11, held at the Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, Phillip Phillips beat Jessica Sanchez to win the crown of American Idol.
Before announcing the name of the winner, host of the show Ryan Seacrest said that 132 million votes were cast, which is a new world record.
21 year old Phillip Phillips belongs to Leesburg, Georgia whereas 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez comes from California.
With this Win, Phillip became the fifth-straight male to win American Idol, after David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and last year’s victor, Scotty McCreery.
From the start of the season, Phillip was so popular with Americans that he never landed in the bottom 3 this season — a feat that was previously achieved by past winners including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
On Tuesday night, Phillip performed three songs for America’s vote: ‘Stand By Me’; ‘Movin’ Out’; and ‘Home.’ The latter performance earned a standing ovation from judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.