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Phillip Phillips Wins American Idol

American Idol: Did Phillip Phillips Deserve to Win?

After 132 million votes, Phillip Phillips is the winner of American Idol season 11. The finale was a total talent blowout. Cars were given to the top two (and their mentors), a number of bedazzled spandex bodysuits were rocked, and Jane Lynch was in the audience! Steven Tyler showed off his sloth and Idol alums Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo even got engaged on stage! But let's talk music.

Phillip got to have a jam session with Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty and Jessica Sanchez sang with Tony-winner Jennifer Holliday. But the finalists weren't the only ones who got to perform with their musical inspirations; second runner-up Joshua Ledet sang with his personal idol Fantasia Barrino, Skylar Laine jammed with Reba McEntire, and Hollie Cavanagh lit up the stage with Jordin Sparks. Legends Chaka Khan and Neil Diamond were also there, J Lo and Aerosmith brought down the house, and Rihanna performed her hit "Where Have You Been." Inevitably, it was all foreplay to the moment when Ryan called out Phillip's name. So what did you think? Are you surprised? Was the right winner chosen?

Photo courtesy of Fox

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Karen-Marie Karen-Marie 3 years
I don't think he didn't deserve to win, but I would have preferred Jessica to win by a few miles. We've been way past due for a female winner and Jessica would have been perfect! Don't think it was just the fact that she's female but she genuinely has one of the best voices I've heard on the show. We'll never see anything like her duet with Jennifer Holliday on Idol again, I think! She could a very successful non-winner if given the right material and marketed well. I wish her and Phillip the best - two great people and talents!
gd101 gd101 3 years
No - I think Jessica deserved to win.
jaan_black jaan_black 3 years
yep - and he's easy on the eye
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