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'American Idol' crowns winner

by jmaloni
Thu, May 24th 2012 11:10 am
`American Idol`: Phillip Phillips is the season 11 winner. (photo by Michael Becker/FOX)
"American Idol": Phillip Phillips is the season 11 winner. (photo by Michael Becker/FOX)
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Phillip Phillips is crowned the "American Idol"; world record 132 million votes cast

Two-hour season finale featured performances by Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Neil Diamond and Chaka Khan; Plus Special Duets by John Fogerty and Phillip; Jennifer Holliday and Jessica; Fantasia and Joshua Ledet; Jordin Sparks and Hollie Cavanagh; Reba McEntire and Skylar Laine

The 11th season of "American Idol" came to a sensational conclusion Wednesday as Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Phillips, 21, from Leesburg, Ga., received the most of America's world record-shattering 132 million votes - the highest number in the show's history.

Phillips capped his coronation on Wednesday's finale by singing "Home," which is available for download exclusively on www.americanidol.com and on iTunes.

The broadcast from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles featured performances by the reunited top 12 finalists, as well as music superstars Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Neil Diamond and Chaka Khan. Also, in a series of special duets, John Fogerty joined Phillip; Jennifer Holliday sang with Jessica Sanchez; season three winner Fantasia performed with Joshua Ledet; season six winner Jordin Sparks accompanied Hollie Cavanagh; and Reba McEntire paired up with Skylar Laine.

On Tuesday night's final performance show, Phillip and Jessica each sang three songs. He performed "Stand By Me," "Movin' Out" and "Home"; and she sang "I Have Nothing," "The Prayer" and "Change Nothing." Also, Jason Derulo performed "Undefeated" and season 10 winner Scotty McCreery returned to "American Idol" to sing "Please Remember Me."

Phillip is the 11th finalist to win the coveted "American Idol" title and a record contract with 19 Recordings. He joins past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery.

Audition cities and dates for "American Idol" season 12 include Los Angeles on Thursday, June 7; San Antonio on Thursday, June 14; Charlotte on Tuesday, June 19; Newark, N.J., on Saturday, June 23; Chicago on Thursday, July 12; and Oklahoma City, Okla., on Friday, July 20. Additional details will be announced on www.americanidol.com.

Visit www.americanidol.com for season finale performances

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